UW Research Inspires Mule Deer Conservation Effort

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A recent assessment of the mule deer population in Wyoming conducted by the University of Wyoming has paved the way for an easier migration path for the herds.

The research has led to improved conservation of the longest-known movement of mule deer in the United States. University Spokesman Chad Baldwin explained the effort during a recent phone interview.

According to the assessment, researchers identified the Fremont Lake area near Pinedale as a chokepoint for about 5,000 migrating mule deer that pass through each spring and fall. If it got to the point there was a barrier, according to researcher Dean Clause, and the mule deer couldn’t get to the winter ranges on the south, that would be devastating for the Sublette herd. And, even worse, he said, is that it could deepen an already serious statewide decline in the mule deer population.


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