Volunteers needed for the 24th annual deer mortality surveys in southwest Wyoming
May 1, 2017
Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department invite the public to participate in the 24th 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 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. This winter has been particularly harsh on big game animals and Game and Fish personnel are hoping for a good volunteer turnout.
Those interested in participating in the survey should plan to meet at the Pinedale Game & Fish Office at 9:00AM on Saturday, May 13th. The Cokeville area survey will take place Saturday, May 6. 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 survey (east of Evanston, Wyo) will take place Saturday, May 13. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Leroy Exit (Exit 24) off Interstate 80. Participants should bring a lunch, water, sun screen and dress appropriately for weather conditions.
The 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.
In order to participate in the surveys, new volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer form in advance.
For more information about the Pinedale area survey, contact Pinedale Wildlife Biologist Dean Clause at 307-367-4353 or 1-800-367-4532. For more information on the Cokeville area survey please contact Thayne Wildlife Biologist Gary Fralick at 307-883-2998. For the Leroy survey, please contact Mountain View Wildlife Biologist Jeff Short at 307-782-6810.