Volunteers needed for 20th annual deer mortality surveys


Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department invite the public to participate in the 20th annual deer mortality surveys. The mortality surveys assess how this past winter has affected the Wyoming Range and Uinta mule deer herds of western Wyoming.

According to Gary Fralick and Jeff Short, wildlife biologists and survey coordinators, the annual surveys are conducted on mule deer winter ranges to assess overall mortality for the herds, and to evaluate which age classes have been impacted the most.

The Cokeville area surveys will take place Saturday, May 4. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Stateline gravel pit, three miles southwest of Sage Junction on U.S. Highways 30/89. The Leroy surveys (east of Evanston, Wyo.) will take place Saturday, May 11. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Leroy exit (Exit 24) off Interstate 80. Participants should bring a lunch, water, and dress appropriately for weather conditions. Surveys will be conducted on foot or horseback. If participants chose to conduct their work from horseback, they are welcome to bring their own horses or mules.

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In order to participate in the mortality surveys, new volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer form upon arrival. For more information on the Cokeville surveys contact Thayne Wildlife Biologist Gary Fralick at 307-883-2998. For more information on the Leroy surveys contact Mountain View Wildlife Biologist Jeff Short at 307-782-6810.