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

Colorado Project

Evaluation of Cripple Creek (mule deer herd D16) and Wet Mountain (mule deer D34) Demographics (Auction and Raffle funded M.S. project)

July 2022 - March 2024


Participating Agencies

  • Colorado Park and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) initiated a research project in 2017 to examine predator-prey dynamics between cougars and mule deer in the Upper Arkansas drainage within the South East region of Colorado. These data include GPS location data for deer (does and fawns) across all years of the study. Although a thorough examination of habitat use and movement patterns of mule deer has been conducted on migratory deer populations the western slope of Colorado, a similar evaluation of the mostly non-migratory population on the eastern slope is needed. The project is a collaboration with researchers and managers of CPW. Results will be used to inform population and habitat management of mule deer in Colorado.

Presentations Presentation Date
Hart, A., W. L. Kendall, and M. Alldredge. 2024. Survival trade-offs of migratory and resident behavior in mule deer. 2024 Annual Meeting of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Pueblo, Colorado, 31 January – 2 February, 2024. February 2024