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

New Mexico Project

Resource selection and movements of mule deer and elk on the Jemez Pueblo

October 2013 - March 2017


Participating Agencies

  • Pueblo of Jemez

The goals project are to: 1) describe seasonal movements of deer and elk including delineating summer/winter ranges, fawning/calving areas, and migration routes; 2) estimate population size, survival rates, and determine cause of mortality for mule deer and elk on pueblo land and compare survival rates and cause-specific mortality with mule deer and elk collared in areas adjacent to the Pueblo of Jemez; 3) estimate forage availability for mule deer and elk in relation to wildfire and forest restoration treatments (e.g.,prescribed burning and thinning); and 4) assess resource selection patterns of mule deer and elk in relation to forest restoration and wildfire in association with an ongoing CFLRP large mammal monitoring project being led by the NM-CRU.

Research Publications Publication Date
Roerick, T.M., J.W. Cain III, and J.V. Gedir. 2019. Forest restoration, wildfire and habitat selection by female mule deer. Forest Ecology and Management 447:169-179. | Download September 2019
Presentations Presentation Date
Roerick, T.M., and J.W. Cain III. 2020. Habitat selection by female mule deer in relation to prescribed fire, forest thinning and wildfires. 53rd Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Prescott, Arizona, USA. February 2020
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Roerick, T.M., 2017. Effects of Forest restoration on habitat selection of female mule deer in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico. M.S. Thesis. Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. 143 pp. August 2017