Game and Fish receives first major donation for mule deer habitat project

Jul 22, 2013

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has received $50,000 from the Mule Deer Foundation to help with mule deer habitat improvements in the Platte Valley.

Mule deer numbers in the Platte Valley have been declining for decades, and Tom Ryder with Game and Fish says one of the reasons is that their habitat has deteriorated. That’s due to human development, fire management practices, and other factors.

Ryder says they’re considering a wide range of habitat improvement projects.

“They could range anywhere from developing an off-site water source for a domestic livestock operation that would help distribute cattle, resulting in more forage across the landscape for both cattle and mule deer, to the use of a prescribed burn in an aspen stand to try to rejuvenate the aspen stand itself and the understory there,” Ryder said.

Game and Fish is putting $500,000 toward habitat improvements in the Platte Valley and is hoping to raise several million dollars from other organizations.