In the Field
Science based information and research has and continues to be a high priority for the Muley Fanatic Foundation. The advancements of technology have provided unique and tremendous opportunities to collect and gather information in recent years. This science based collection of data has proven to be extremely valuable in gathering the latest and greatest information available, information that will assist and enable our wildlife managers in the best management of our wildlife resources. After all, we are only as good as the information we have.
Wyoming Range Mule Deer Study: In jeopardy in 2012 due to stiff budget cuts to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Wyoming Range study was able to continue due to the commitment of the Southwest Wyoming and Kemmerer Chapters of $170,000. This valuable project has utilized numerous advancements of technology to aid in the collaring and monitoring of over 70 female mule deer and discovering their migrations, winter survival and profound loss of fawns and revelation adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. This finding directly resulted in the addition of the Wyoming Range Fawn Study. Continuing today, this study along with its addition will prove very valuable in aiding to the recovery of deer in Western Wyoming that suffered significantly to what history will books have already chronicled as of the harshest winters recorded.
Sheep Mountain Study: The Sheep Mountain study began in March 2017 when members of MFF SE WY Chapter Committee assisted Game & Fish with deer captures. Included were blood samples, fecal samples, fat measurements, ages, weights, collars, and ultrasounds to look at the fetus or in most cases twins. Monitoring the movement of these deer will better aid game managers of these deer migration patterns and how to effectively provide habitat treatments to key summer and winter ranges.
D.E.E.R. Project(Deer Elk Ecology Research): A 5 year PhD project to study the interactions of mule deer and elk in a large ecosystem south of Rock Springs, Wyoming. The research will help better understand the reason why the mule deer populations continue to fall and the elk populations remain stable or grow stronger every year. Since its inception in 2015 three valuable addendums have been added to this project, only solidifying the value the value that is to be gained from one of the most prominent research projects to ever be tackled. For more information on the D.E.E.R. project and its added addendums please see menu tab to left and follow link.
Red Desert to Hoback Migration (RD2H): April 2014 the longest mule deer migration was discovered. A 150 mile trek that 4,000 to 6,000 mule deer travel twice a year from the Red Desert to the Hoback mountain area. Results of this study that was commissioned by the Bureau of Land Management has resulted in many landscape based projects that have helped ensure the connectivity of what is truly nothing short of a national treasure.