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Mule deer, and the large ungulate migration

15 Mar

When I was moving a sheep camp the other day, I saw Mule deer, antelope and elk, all within a few hundred yards of each other. I dove for the camera, but of course the antelope ran off and the elk moved out of camera range. The deer posed.

Mule deer near Baggs

Mule deer near Baggs

The migration of these three species is about a month early this year. It is dry on the desert, where they winter, along with our cows and sheep. We were trailing our yearling ewes to spring pasture, also about a month early, when we saw the other grazers on the move. We have over 100 per cent snow pack in the mountains this year, so are hoping for abundant pasture in the coming months.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Animals, Nature and Wildlife

 

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One response to “Mule deer, and the large ungulate migration

  1. Pat_H

    March 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I am really surprised that everything is so dry down in the low country, given that we’re still getting snow every couple of days.

    Of course, April is legendary for being snowy in Wyoming, so who knows what that will be like.

     

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