Trail Cameras near Cody Help Track Mule Deer Herds
Written by jordanmckamey on February 15, 2019
Wildlife managers in the Cody Region have put to use multiple new trail cameras recently donated by local sportsmen’s groups.
Wildlife Biologist Tony Mong said the cameras will be used in conjunction with other techniques currently used to monitor mule deer populations in the Cody area.
The cameras were placed along migration routes delineated from the Eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem mule deer project in the Clarks Fork and Upper Shoshone mule deer herd units.
Mong will analyze the photos to collect sex and age class information, timing of migration, estimate winter mortality of fawns and in the future, evaluate annual and potentially seasonal body condition of deer.
Over the course of the fall, thousands of pictures of mule deer have been collected by these cameras. In addition to the mule deer images, the cameras have been effective in capturing many other species including elk, fox, coyote, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, snowshoe hares, dusky grouse and wolves