On March 22nd, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and collared 31 mule deer from the Sweetwater Mule Deer herd, starting with deer they captured near Devils Gate on the Pathfinder Dumbell Ranch. This effort is aimed at understanding deer health and seasonal movements throughout the Sweetwater Rocks and Rattlesnake Hills area.
(Above) Mule Deer are captured and transported by a helicopter to a staging area. Photo by Stan Harter.
The capture crews draw blood from all deer to determine how many of the doe deer are pregnant as they begin their migration to summer ranges.
(Above) A doe deer is carried from the helicopter drop location to the staging area.
(Below) Members of the staging crew attaches a radio collar to a doe deer.
Photos by Teal Cufaude.