Mule deer migrate to winter grounds, WFGD asks community to watch for poachers

(Pinedale, Wyo.) - As mule deer make their annual migration to winter ranges, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds citizens to watch for poachers or suspicious activity, and to report any illegal activity immediately. Mule deer from the Sublette and Wyoming Range herds spend the winter in the Pinedale/Big Piney/LaBarge area. Although trophy mule deer can be difficult to find in the vast backcountry during hunting seasons, they are more visible, and more vulnerable, as they transition to winter ranges. “We end our hunting seasons when we do to protect these animals during the winter months when they are more vulnerable,” said Game and Fish Regional Supervisor John Lund. “These deer face many challenges, and blatant illegal shooting is especially disturbing.” Game wardens continue to focus their attention on these mule deer winter ranges, but they still need help. “We do not have the personnel to be everywhere, all the time, so we rely on reports from the public,” said Lund. “There are quite a few people out there watching the deer and their reports of suspicious activity can be extremely helpful. Whether you’re a hunter or just a wildlife enthusiast, the illegal shooting of these animals should not be tolerated by anyone.” *Feature Photo: Mark Gocke, WGFD / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news