Wyoming Range Mule Deer Corridor
Issues: Oil and Gas, Wild Lands, Wildlife
Partners: U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Wildlife Federation
Airport Origin : Big Piney
Fly the Wyoming Game & Fish Department and conservationists to advocate for the protection of the Wyoming Range Migratory corridor, an essential passage that provides safe migrations for mule deer and other species.
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 span 130 miles and over two mountain ranges, 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.
Our partners are also working with the BLM in the initial, pre-planning stages of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Management Plan. Wyoming Wildlife Federation is working to ensure the BLM conserves multiple summer migration routes located within the Bridger-Teton National Forest.