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Studies focusing on oil's impact on wildlife

March 18, 2013 - 1:30pm -- idfg-cclass

FARGO (AP) - Officials are studying mule deer and birds in western North Dakota to help determine the impact of oil activity on wildlife.
Researchers in one study have equipped 90 female mule deer with radio collars to track survival rates. Mule deer browse on a lot of plants and are considered a species that will provide an early indicator of the impacts of oil development on wildlife, said Jesse Kolar, a University of Missouri graduate student who is doing field work.
Biologists will study mule deer populations primarily in Badlands terrain from the Amidon area in the south to the Watford City and Tobacco Gardens areas near Lake Sakakawea to the north. Researchers will monitor survival rates, noting whether does and fawns survive from spring into summer and through the winter, Kolar said.

Researchers begin largest mule deer study in Wyoming

March 18, 2013 - 12:57pm -- idfg-cclass

On Tuesday, researchers from the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department began the largest mule deer study in Wyoming and one of the largest in the West. With about $500,000 and three years, the biologists hope to better understand mule deer nutrition and migration patterns. Ultimately, they hope the information will tell them where to focus habitat improvement projects and what areas are most critical to deer survival.
The study is part of the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative, which began in 2007 in response to declining herd numbers.

Big Game Meetings Scheduled

February 27, 2013 - 3:37pm -- idfg-cclass


Southeast Region- Pocatello Office

February 25:       Pocatello – IDFG Office, Hunter Ed Room, 1345 Barton Road

February 26:       Malad City– Senior Citizens Center, 26 North Main Street

February 27:       Soda Springs–  Senior Center, 60 South Main Street

February 28:       Montpelier – Bear Lake Senior Center, 115 South 4th Street

March 4:             Preston– Larsen-Sant Library, 109 South 1st East

All meetings will start at 6:30 p.m.


I-15 Mule Deer Fence Near Pocatello Complete

November 9, 2012 - 4:07pm -- idfg-cclass

Why is that stretch of highway fence along I-15 from South Pocatello to Inkom so high?  That question is a fairly common one asked of Idaho Fish and Game here in the southeast region.  The existing highway fence has been recently extended to a height of eight feet to prevent big game animals, mule deer in particular, from entering the interstate and being hit by oncoming motorists.

MDI Partners on Charlotte Fire Rehabilitation Efforts

November 9, 2012 - 4:04pm -- idfg-cclass

UPDATE! BLM contractors are currently planting shrubs on the Charlotte fire area this week (11/20/12).   

The Mule Deer Initiative has pledged $10,000 towards the rehabilitation efforts for the Charlotte fire near the Pocatello area.  Additionally MDI is providing shrubs (bitterbrush and sage brush) to the BLM to plant on the burn site this Fall.  


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