A three-year study of mule deer on the Wyoming Range of western Wyoming resumed in December with the eventual goal to help researchers understand why populations of mule deer there are not reaching population goals. The study is part of the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative, a joint effort between the Wyoming Game & Fish Department and the public to address declining mule deer numbers. Game and Fish Biologist Gary Fralick explains that the study is hoped to answer many of the questions biologists have over what the population’s ability is to sustain growth over time. Fralick says the information that is being collected will help answer those questions. The deer are also being outfitted with radio collars in order to follow them to determine their migration habits over the next three to four years, and the conditions of the habitats they frequent.