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SFW Instrumental in Mule Deer Transplant Project

51 doe deer along the Parowan Front (the wildlife management area by Summit, Utah just north of Cedar City, Utah) were  captured January 7-8, 2013 and translocated to the Fillmore WMA east of Holden, Utah. 50 female deer at the Holden site were also collared as a control group for the 3 year study on this particular translocation. This historic project is a joint effort between the Utah Division of Wildlife, BYU, and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and it’s one of the first studies of its kind to more closely gauge how the timing of the translocation of the deer affects the survival  and strength of the herd.

These deer were selected due to concerns by the Utah Division of Wildlife biologists that the winter range along the Parowan Front was being overrun with too many deer and greatly negatively impacting the habitat and ability for winter range recovery.

The deer were captured, hobbled, blindfolded, and flown by helicopter to key staging areas north of Cedar City. The deer were then weighed, tested for disease, and measured for body fat and overall health by DWR, BYU and SFW volunteers.  They were then collared and driven by trailer to the WMA east of Holden, where they were released.
Another translocation of 50 female deer from the Parowan Front to east of Holden will take place in March. The translocated deer will be monitored for 3 years. BYU researchers want to see if differences in transplanting times of the deer determine how effectively they will survive. SFW will donate over $240,000 over the next three years to help fund the study.

SFW would like to thank the teams from the Southern Region and Salt Lake City DWR offices, BYU and the local SFW committee for making all of this possible.

Also posted in Game Management & Legislation, Habitat Improvement, SFW In Action

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