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

New Mexico Project

Habitat selection, survival and cause-specific mortality of translocated mule deer in southern New Mexico

November 2012 - June 2015


Participating Agencies

  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Mule deer translocation Silver City New Mexico

In efforts to restore mule deer populations in New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) will begin a translocation effort in 2012. Mule deer will be captured from high density populations and translocated to areas with lower mule deer abundance than expected based on habitat assessments. At least 100 mule deer will be captured and translocated into two areas with 50 being released in each area during the winters of 2012-13 and 2013-14. Half of the mule deer will be hard-released and the other half will be placed in a soft-release pen for 30 days perior to release. Approximately 80 mule deer will be fitted with radio collars to monitor survival and habitat selection.

Research Publications Publication Date
Cain, J.W. III, J.B. Ashling, and S.G. Liley. 2018. Survival and cause-specific mortality of translocated female mule deer in southern New Mexico, USA. Wildlife Research 45:325-335. | Download July 2018
Presentations Presentation Date
Ashling, J.B., J.W. Cain III, S.G. Liley. 2015. Survival, cause-specific mortality, and habitat selection of mule deer in southern New Mexico. 48th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. February 2015