Mule Deer in Nevada

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are one of the most abundant big game species in Nevada and can be found throughout the state. In the 1980’s their overall population peaked and has been falling ever since. Being curious, state biologists and researchers have been working to understand what the primary drivers of this decline could be. For example, why are mule deer doing well in some areas and poorly in others? These are important questions that need to be answered in order to better help our wildlife.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) recently released a podcast that talks about some of the challenges that our mule deer are faced with and how they are addressing some of these issues. We highly recommended taking a few minutes out of your day to listen to this informative podcast which can be found here!

In the podcast, hosts Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller speak with NDOW Director Tony Wasley and Mule Deer Staff Specialist Cody Schroeder. They cover everything from population trends over the years, current research projects, migration studies, wildlife crossing structures, and even how improving habitat for sage grouse can benefit mule deer.

With a greater understanding of what influences mule deer populations in the state and how, biologists are hopeful that they will be able improve habitat, connectivity, and ultimately, mule deer numbers.

Denise Peterson

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