Mule Deer Deaths Have Wildlife Officials Worried

Cokeville, Wy – A Game and Fish Department Wildlife Biologist says he is alarmed by the large number of Mule Deer deaths in the Wyoming range this winter and the early spring. Gary Fralick says most occurred in Central Uinta County and near Cokeville. Fralick says the die off was enough that it will be difficult for the population to bounce back quickly. He adds that forage losses will not help the animals rebound. Fralick says when you couple that with a growing number of highway deaths and impacts from development he says there are a number of challenges the deer will be facing in coming years.