October 27, 2015

BRI PART OF COOPERATIVE MULE DEER RESEARCH PROJECT

by Thomas S. Janke

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From left to right: Ernesto Garcia-Ortega, Grant Lawrence, Bobby Allcorn, James ‘JD’ Eddy, Thomas Janke, Josh Cross, and Silverio Avila (photo courtesy of Masahiro Ohnishi).


Seven Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) staff and graduate students participated in a mule deer capture near the town of Turkey, in the Panhandle region of Texas, On Saturday – Monday, October 24th – 26th, 2015. Over the course of 2 ½ days, a total of 73 mule deer were captured, measured, collared, and released. This particular capture was the beginning of a multi-year research effort between Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK), Texas Tech University (TTU), Sul Ross State University (SRSU), and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in hopes of better understanding the effects of agriculture on the mule deer populations in the Panhandle region. Specifically, the project is designed to look at the movements, body condition, and survival of all mule deer demographics (bucks, does, and fawns) over the course of 2 years at 3 different locations. The BRI/SRSU will be having a master level graduate student join in the research efforts of Ph.D. students from both TAMUK and TTU in the fall of 2016.