Mule deer cover a vast area which ranges from Alaska to the tip of Baja Peninsula. Maintaining this population is a responsibility we all share. Today, Idaho Fish and Game officials educated some high school students on how they manage this important resource in the American west.
They eat leaves, twigs, and shrubs and for the most part they mind their own business. The same isn’t always true for their human counterparts. Mule deer territory is under constant attack. Every year they lose more habitat, are poached, killed on highways and gobbled up by natural predators.
Fortunately, mule deer have some friends who are looking out for them.
“Mule deer are important just because they have their own inherent importance,” said Jenifer Jackson of Idaho Fish and Game. “But certainly the public enjoys having mule deer. Whether you are somebody who likes to hunt or somebody who likes to wildlife watch or maybe do both, mule deer are one of those iconic species that we have here in eastern Idaho.”
In the wild, mule deer have a lifespan of 9-11 years. These numbers would likely be much lower without out the help of conservation groups like the Idaho Fish and Game. An adult mule deer can weigh up to 280 pounds.