BLM Discusses Pinedale Mule Deer Impact

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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.


hunter25's picture

That is a huge decrease in a

That is a huge decrease in a herds population but I really think there are other factors involved besides drilling. Many states including Wyoming have been drilling for decades and still have high population numbers. I have seen many deer peacefully grazing very close to some of these wells in Colorado.

Severe winters and predation are sometimes big factors in some of these areas. Another consideration is that a lot of poaching goes on by bored oil workers looking for fun in some places. I hunted in Oklahoma with a friend abot 10 years ago around some oil rigs and even if a doe saw the truck over 500 yards away while out in a wheat field they would immediately run for cover.

jaybe's picture

Well, I'm not sure where this

Well, I'm not sure where this area is, since I'm not familiar with Wyoming. I hope to be in the near future, since I have a hunt planned in N. Central WY this fall.

Whew! This issue is one that really gets people up in arms, doesn't it? When they talk about "winter drilling", I assume that is oil drilling. It's horrible to think that trying to extract some of our own natural resources can have this kind of impact on the wildlife, but on the other hand, look at what's happening to the price of oil.

It would be nice to think that we didn't need to drill in our own country - or even if we didn't need oil - but we do. As long as we are dependent on foreign oil, the folks who control the spiggot on the other side of the world control our lives.

I don't think there is an easy or simple answer to this situation. Maybe someone will develop an alternative energy source to oil soon, but it can't be too soon for me.

C'mon warp drive!

Topgun 30-06's picture

That area is over toward the

That area is over toward the southwestern part of the state and it's natural gas they are drilling for, not oil!