This year's hard winter killed more deer in western Wyoming than the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has seen in years.
Preliminary results show the Sublette deer herd lost between 45 and 60 percent of its mule deer fawns and the Wyoming Range herd lost as many as 75 percent of its fawns. Those are some of the worst losses recorded in the Wyoming Range herd since 1990, according to a Game and Fish release.
The numbers are also a minimum, since some deer will keep dying from depleted reserves even as spring continues.
Game and Fish also conducted a survey of all deer carcasses using volunteers to canvass deer habitat. This year's survey, completed this month, showed more than 400 dead deer in the Wyoming herd, the highest number since the early 1990s.
The fawn loss could impact hunting for the next few seasons. Officials already proposed limiting the hunting season for the Sublette mule deer herd to three days, taking away the last weekend of the general season and eliminating the "any deer" season in some areas.
For more information contact the Jackson Game and Fish office at 307-733-2321 or the Pinedalen Game and Fish office at 307-367-4353, or visit the Game and Fish website.