Wyoming Range Mule Deer

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Wyoming Range Mule Deer

Date: 05/22/2024     State: WY     Issues: Oil and Gas, Wild Lands, Wildlife     Partners: U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Wildlife Federation Airport Origin : Pinedale, WY    


Work with landowners, conservationists, and USFS to collaborate and inform decision-making for the Wyoming Range migration corridor.

The Wyoming Range Mule Deer, a herd population of about 34,5000, utilize the Wyoming Range migration corridor. The corridor allows mule deer, along with pronghorn and elk, to travel from the Hoback Rim above Bondurant south to Kemmerer. Consisting of braided routes that spans two mountain ranges and is over 130 miles long, the corridor allows deer to travel to lower elevations in the winter and higher elevations in the summer.

The Wyoming Range mule deer migration corridor is impacted by Wyoming state highways 30, 89, 189, and 232. These highways, along with oil and gas wells, create barriers in the migration routes these ungulates have followed for millenia. Our partner, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, has made it a priority to conserve corridors while reducing and eliminating barriers to migration to ensure healthy herds for generations to come. The Wyoming Range migratory corridor is largely on public lands, but expansive areas are held by private landowners. Wyoming Wildlife Federation is working with private landowners, along with state and federal land-managers, to reduce impediments to deer migrations.

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