Pinedale Mesa deer population drops October 28,2010 Wyoming


Pinedale Mesa deer population drops  October 28,2010  Casper Star-Tribune Online  

Mule deer on the Mesa near Pinedale have declined 60 percent in 2009 compared to 2001, and the animals' numbers are 28 percent lower in 2009 than in 2005, according to the most recent research on the matter.

DeForest noted that the environmental impact statement for energy development acknowledged "habitat impacts will be substantial due to full field development." But DeForest said it's important to note that the mitigation response is early enough to assure both effective mitigation responses and a fluid pace of development. The goal of the program is to identify impacts to wildlife so that they will be addressed before consequences become severe or irreversible, he said.

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