Mule deer are economically and ecologically important to the Southern Rockies; however, their populations are currently on the decline. Mule deer are migratory animals that are capable of traveling a few hundred miles from their summer to winter habitats and therefore require safe, uninterrupted passageways that will allow them to continue migrating without navigating over anthropogenic obstructions such as roads, oil well pads, and fences.
The Laramie Mountain Range, located in southeastern Wyoming, supports a multitude of plant and animal communities as well as human activities. Recreational opportunities, ample views, and critical mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and elk (Cervus canadensis) habitat are facets that depend heavily upon the presence of aspen (Populous tremuloides) communities.
This is a part of the 2015 Fall VPS. For more VPS articles, click here Category:åÊForecasting Wetland Cover and Species Habitat Project Team: Southern Rockies Ecological Forecasting Team Location: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center ÛÒ Hancock County, Mississippi Authors: Ross Reahard Teresa Fenn Jeri Wisman Mentors/Advisors: Joseph Spruce (NASA Stennis Space Center) Dr. Kenton Ross (NASA Langley Research Center) … Read More