Deer & Elk Migration study findings on WRIR to be revealed this week

An aerial photo through the windshield of a helicopter shows an elk herd on winter range in the Owl Creek Mountains. The photo was taken during placement of GPS collars on the elk herd managed by Shoshone and Arapaho Fish and Game for the benefit of tribal members. (Kevin Coates Photo)

Community meetings are scheduled today and tomorrow on the Wind River Reservation to discuss how deer and elk migrate through Reservation lands.

According to the University of Wyoming and other researchers, A mule deer doe that winters in the Owl Creek Mountains migrates 100 miles west to summer in the Gros Ventre Range. This and other initial findings will be presented at 6 p.m. tonight in the Buffalo Room at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs Tech Center. 


The study shows that the Wind River Indian Reservation is connected to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem through big-game migration corridors. In spring 2018, Shoshone and Arapaho Fish and Game launched the GPS collar study to track elk and mule deer migration on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The community meetings are open to the public, and stew and fry bread will be served afterward. Attendees are urged to call the Shoshone and Arapaho Fish and Game Office at (307) 330-3202 so organizers can get a head count for seating and the meal.