Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New Mexico
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New Mexico Project

Identification and characterization of habitat conditions of mule deer, elk and pronghorn migration routes and stopover locations in northern New Mexico

July 2020 - June 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Mule Deer Foundation
  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  • T&E Inc

Migratory ungulate populations require distinct winter and summer ranges (and resources therein) to fulfill their life history characteristics, reproductive requirements, and to maintain adequate nutritional status allowing for population vital rates (e.g., adult and neonate survival) sufficient to prevent population declines. Our objectives are to identify and map seasonal ranges, migration routes, and stopover locations for mule deer, pronghorn, and elk in northern New Mexico allowing state and federal agencies to identify and mitigate potential threats to the persistence of these migration routes. Further, we are also assessing habitat characteristics along the migration route and at stopover locations to allow for more informed management of these migratory populations.