BLM Discusses Pinedale Mule Deer Impact
Last fall the BLM released a study that showed mule deer herds had decreased a whopping 36% on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming. Since the study has been released there has been a great deal of discussion about what to do about the mule deer herd. Recently the BLM held an open meeting to discuss mule deer impact mitigation and the meeting attracted a jam packed crowd. According to the Sublette Examiner the emphasis seems to be coalescing around the idea of limiting winter drilling in the area.
“(Winter drilling) is the elephant in the room,” said Daniel resident Rollie Sparrowe. “I’ve been following this for a long time and was running a wildlife task force for the PAWG (Pinedale Anticline Working Group) in 2005 making critical recommendations, and we had industry participation and we said to the PAWG and the PAWG said to BLM, ‘what’s happening with the deer herd is already unacceptable in 2005, so get the right people together to do something about habitat and population’ and BLM refused.