Biologists ask for delay to protect mule deer corridor
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists and wildlife experts in Wyoming and neighboring states have asked the United States Department of the Interior to delay leasing any land for oil and gas that overlap with Wyoming’s only designated mule deer migration corridor.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports the 150-mile (241-kilometer) route traveled by mule deer every year has become a pinch point for the state of Wyoming, its Game and Fish Department, hunters and the Bureau of Land Management.
The state brokered a compromise to stay parcels inside the corridor, while those that overlapped would carry a notice to oil and gas developers to encourage future activity outside of the deer’s route.
But many feel that compromise falls short of protecting the Hoback-to-Red Desert corridor for limited gain.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com