Longest Mule Deer Migration Route Documented In Wyoming

Apr 21, 2014

Photos like this one, documenting the Red Desert to Hoback migration, will be on display at UW through April 26.
Credit Joe Riis

Scientists in Wyoming have recently discovered the longest mule deer migration route that’s ever been recorded. The animals travel 150 miles, from the Red Desert to the Hoback Basin. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with Hall Sawyer and Joe Riis, who have been documenting the migration. Sawyer is a research biologist at Western Ecosystems Technology,  and Riis is a wildlife photographer. Sawyer says he discovered the migration route kind of by accident.

Photos of the migration by Joe Riis are on display at the Berry Biodiversity Institute at UW until April 26. There’s a reception Tuesday the 22nd at 5 p.m. during which Riis and Sawyer will present their work.