WYOMING - With mule deer numbers declining in southwest Wyoming, the Muley Fanatic Foundation is funding a $1.3 million study to help figure out what’s going on.
They’re partnering with the Univ. of Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for the five-year study in Rock Springs.
Jeff Obrecht with Wyoming Game & Fish says habitat is an issue and the whole thing is disconcerting because “mule deer is a trademark species for Wyoming. It’s a reason people want to come here from across the globe to hunt. It’s just always been a part of our life here."
In an effort to find out what’s happening, researchers are equipping the mule herd with radio collars and satellite monitoring to gain up-to-the-minute data. The hope is that will provide faster info for a faster solution.
The Muley Fanatic Foundation plans to raise the $1.3 million needed for the project through raffles and membership drives.
To learn more about them, head to www.muleyfanatic.org.