Deer Mortality Surveys May 14 and May 21

Deer Mortality Surveys May 14 and May 21
Deer Mortality Surveys May 14 and May 21
Green River Wildlife Managment Coordinator Mark Zornes (left) and Thayne Widlife Biologist Gary Fralick help volunteers know what to look for when surveying for deer that died over the winter. G&F photo

GREEN RIVER — Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are alerting volunteers that the 23rd annual deer mortality survey near Cokeville and Sage Junction was postponed due to bad weather. Instead of May 7, the survey will now take place on Saturday, May 21. 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 weather forecast for May 7 called for an 80% to 100% chance of rain or rain and snow mix so the decision was made to postpone the survey.   “It will be much more pleasant and productive for all to postpone the survey near Sage Junction until Saturday, May21,” said Mark Zornes, Green River Wildlife Coordinator.

The Leroy deer mortality survey (east of Evanston, Wyo.) will take place Saturday, May 14, as scheduled. 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 choose 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 deer mortality surveys, new volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer form in advance. For more information on the Cokeville and Leroy surveys contact Green River Wildlife Management Coordinator Mark Zornes at 307-875-3223.