Aug 7, 2011 11:34 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Decline of native deer

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A mysterious decline in pronghorn and mule deer along the Wyoming-Colorado border has the attention of a team of biologists who are gathering to investigate the change.

The National Wildlife Federation is putting on public meetings in Steamboat Springs and Craig this week to discuss the decline.

Biologists want to find out whether increased oil and gas exploration in the area has anything to do with lower deer numbers.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that scientists will discuss relationships among the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish and the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The NWF says that although the Wyoming and Colorado wildlife managers share information about the herds, the BLM arrives at its own land management decisions that affect the animals.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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