PINEDALE — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says winter was hard on mule deer in western Wyoming.
Preliminary counts show between 45 and 60 percent mortality among mule deer fawns in the Sublette herd and up to 75 percent mortality among fawns in the Wyoming Range herd.
Game and Fish wildlife managers say those are some of the worst losses in the Wyoming Range herd since 1990, when records started being kept.
Mortality could get worse, as some weakened deer will die even after winter ranges begin to green up.
Surveys counted more than 400 deer carcasses, the highest number recorded since the early 1990s.
Pinedale Wildlife Supervisor John Lund says hunters can expect to find fewer mule deer in the years ahead because of the losses.