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Thanks for your question. Game and Fish is working on many projects that focus on improving or maintaining habitats to support mule deer populations.

Beginning in 2014, Game and Fish initiated a major grassroots undertaking known as the Wyoming Statewide Mule Deer Initiative (MDI).  The statewide MDI has resulted in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders all intended to halt the decline of mule deer in Wyoming.  

To support this effort, in 2015 the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission committed to spend $2.5 million dollars over a five year period for habitat projects that benefit mule deer.  Some recent examples of projects requesting Commission funds include aspen and sagebrush treatments near Pinedale, cheatgrass spraying near Laramie and cheatgrass and aspen treatments near South Pass and Jeffrey City.  
Commission funds are being matched 5-to-1 by our project partners, landowners and non-governmental organizations.  These treatments represent the first steps in a long process intended to halt the decline in mule deer numbers.  Many more projects intended to improve habitat for this iconic species are being developed by stakeholders statewide with implementation occurring over the next several years. 

Ian Tator
Statewide Terrestrial Habitat Manager

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