Interior, Wyoming work to protect mule deer corridor

Mule deer in southwest Wyoming move from high elevation areas where they summer to wintering areas that include large areas of sage steppe habitats. ©Tom Koerner/USFWS

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced they will prioritize the conservation of a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) migration corridor in southwest Wyoming in the midst of oil and gas leases. The Bureau of Land Management plans to defer nearly 5,000 surface acres from potential oil and gas development along the Sublette mule deer corridor. A special lease notice will be attached to the remaining parcels. The agreement follows Zinke’s Secretarial Order 3362, which calls for the improvement of habitat quality in western big game migration corridors and working in complete collaboration with the states.

Read the Interior Department’s press release here.