Fremont Lake is a top concern for mule deer migration, where an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 mule deer must cross the outlet or Pine Creek in a quarter-mile surrounded by human activity. Photo by Lew Carpenter
By Lew Carpenter
A recent gathering in Pinedale, Wyo., explored the declining populations of mule deer and how to increase public support for conservation and management of the popular Western big game species.
The group, known as the Wyoming Mule Deer Coalition (WMDC), is a consortium established by Bowhunters of Wyoming, the Mule Deer Foundation, Muley Fanatic Foundation, Wyoming Wildlife Federationand the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. WMDC met with the Wyoming Game and Fish Departmentand other stakeholders in the hope of establishing a network of sportsmen and conservation organizations, businesses and individuals to work together to ensure the future of Wyoming mule deer populations.
“To make things happen on the ground that require high level decisions by our commission (Wyoming Game & Fish Commission) there has to be public support,” said Brian Nesvik, chief of the Wildlife Division for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, WGFD.