Mule deer, pronghorn migration topic of discussion for G&F

WYOMING – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department invites members of the public to join them in discussions about the management of mule deer and their habitat in the Pinedale and Jackson regions. In addition, local Game and Fish biologists will be presenting information on two new proposed migration corridors, one for the Wyoming Range Deer Herd and the other for the Sublette Pronghorn Herd, including a segment that annually migrates between summer range in Grand Teton National Park and winter range south of Pinedale.

The migration corridors of ungulates like mule deer, pronghorn, and elk in Wyoming are some of the longest in North America. Over the past several years, Game and Fish and other researchers have continued studying the migration of big game animals. In 2016, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission adopted a migration corridor strategy that details the process of migration corridor designations.

The two new proposed corridors for Sublette Pronghorn and Wyoming Range Mule Deer would join the current designated big game migration corridors in Wyoming: the Sublette Mule Deer, Platte Valley Mule Deer and Baggs Mule Deer.

The other portion of the meeting will be dedicated to discussing the Wyoming Range and Sublette Mule Deer Initiatives. As in the past, these public meetings will involve presentations focusing on 1) Habitat Management, 2) Population Management, and 3) Research. Local experts on each topic will present what is currently being done and what is planned for the future. In addition, local Game and Fish personnel responsible for management of the Wyoming Range and Sublette mule deer herds will be recapping the 2018 hunting seasons.

Public meetings will be held:

  • February 26, 6:00pm, Etna Community Center
  • February 27, 6:00pm, Pinedale Library, Lovatt Room

The Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative is a statewide framework designed to address declining mule deer populations, particularly over the last two decades. These declines are not unique to Wyoming, but have been seen throughout the West. To learn more about the Wyoming’s Mule Deer Initiative and the ongoing work, visit the Game and Fish website.

Mule deer migration corridors. Mule deer, pronghorn, and elk make some of the longest recorded seasonal migrations in the world here in Wyoming. (WGFD)

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