Southwest Bighorn Deer Survey Done | Big Horn Basin Media

Deer Population Survey Complete in Southwest Bighorn Area

Written by on March 29, 2017

Over 8,000 mule deer make their home in the Southwest Bighorn Mule Deer Herd Unit.

That number was determined after a recent survey using a helicopter in areas southeast of Worland, east of Thermopolis and south of Ten Sleep.

Worland Wildlife Biologist Bart Kroger reported that 8,174 mule deer were observed during the surveys, but points out that the survey was not a complete count of the area and that an analysis has yet to be completed.

According to the Game and Fish Department, the intent of the survey is to generate a baseline estimate of deer numbers within the herd, as well as provide information on wintering areas and deer distribution. Kroger says this information will be used to help better manage the deer herd and track trends in population growth and declines.

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