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Mule Deer Survival Update April 2013

May 15, 2013 - 9:37am -- idfg-cclass

Mule deer survival over this past winter promises to be better than average.  Mule deer populations require good overwinter survival of does and fawns, and a high doe:fawn ratio going into winter.  The quality of habitat, particularly summer habitat in conjunction with winter severity drive mule deer population growth. 

 

Mule Deer Fawn Mortality Summary
April 30, 2013
         
  Study Does Total Dead % Mortality  
Weiser-McCall 32 11 34%  
Central Mountains 37 18 49%  
Mountain Valley 38 21 55%  
Boise River  23 7 30%  
Smoky-Bennett 35 5 14%  
South Hills 20 7 35%  
Bannock 0      
Caribou 0      
Palisades 0      
Island Park 0      
Total 185 69 37%  

 

Mule Deer Doe Mortality Summary
April 30, 2013
         
  Study Does Total Dead % Mortality  
Lower Salmon 11 0 0%  
Weiser-McCall 39 0 0%  
Middle Fork 26 0 0%  
Central Mountains 84 6 7%  
Mountain Valley 52 4 8%  
Boise River  47 4 9%  
Smoky-Bennett 56 1 2%  
South Hills 48 4 8%  
Bannock 54 4 7%  
Caribou 26 1 4%  
Palisades 17 1 6%  
Island Park 28 1 4%  
Total 488 26 5%  

 

 

 

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