Mule deer numbers return to new normal as CPW works to meet challenges | Western Colorado

MShawn Welder, an eeker area hunting outfitter, had just come down from the high country of the Flat Tops in mid-July and was struck by the lack of something he would see as a teenager when he would guide up there.

At the time, it was not uncommon to see groups of what he and others called woodbucks on the tundra, perhaps clustered around clumps of willows.






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A male mule deer is depicted with antler velvet. The latest total estimate of mule deer in the state is around 416,000, and state populations over the past decade have remained fairly stable at around 420,000, says Andy Holland, big game manager for Colorado. Parks and Wildlife.




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A group of deer monitor their surroundings.










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In an effort to restore habitat, Colorado Parks and Wildlife worked with the Bureau of Land Management to reseed approximately 20,000 acres that burned in the 2020 Pine Gulch Fire north of Grand Junction.




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Steps are taken to protect deer habitat, including mitigation of development impacts, predator management, highway impacts on movement and mortality, reduced recreation impacts, disease monitoring and regulation of deer hunting in low population areas.