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Deer surveyed in city of Cody

January 30, 2019
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In December, Game and Fish personnel conducted a classification/trend survey of deer within the city limits of Cody.  This annual survey has been conducted since 2011 to allow biologists to identify trends in the town deer population and provide information to local city officials to make decisions regarding deer management.


The survey was conducted Dec.10 from 2:00 p.m. until dark. The city was divided into 10 count blocks (Figure 1), and all deer encountered were classified into sex/age categories (adult buck, yearling buck, doe, fawn).  


Wildlife Biologist Tony Mong said a total of 192 mule deer were observed within the City Limits of Cody, and an additional 65 deer (mule deer and white-tailed deer) were observed in adjacent areas.  “The total number of deer observed in the city limits from 2011 to 2018 overall has been showing a decreasing trend,” Mong said. “The 2018 count was down from the 2017 count of 242, and the average of 263."

Figure 1.  Cody urban deer survey count blocks.

Figure 2. Total numbers of deer (including white-tailed deer) counted in all Cody city count blocks from 2011 to 2018. This figure shows overall change in deer numbers between years. The line denotes the polynomial trend line over the course of the last eight years.

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