DESERT MULE DEER RESEARCH

BIGHORN SHEEP

Overview

Desert mule deer are one of the cornerstone wildlife species of the Chihuahuan Desert Borderlands. The Borderlands Research Institute strives to be a national leader in desert mule deer research and management. We are currently seeking partners to broaden our research focus on the following topics relative to desert mule deer:

Understand antler development as it relates to genetics, nutrition, and harvest management

Evaluate the effects of expanding elk populations on mule deer herds

Assess mule deer behavior and movements relative to reproductive behavior

Evaluate the effects of feed programs on mule demography, habitat utilization, range size, and dispersal distances (pre- and post-treatment)

Refine mule deer survey techniques

Document the effects of habitat management practices on mule deer food and cover

Understand the prevalence, distribution, and movement of Chronic Wasting Disease in mule deer

Projects