The Beaver State podcast Episode 25: Mule Deer Nutrition, Predation and Climate with Mark Hurley

September 3, 2020

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing in Oregon through conversations with Oregonians, ODFW staff and luminaries throughout the conservation world. Each half-hour to forty-five minute podcast will explore complex fish and wildlife topics broadly and in detail, and future episodes will feature weekly information from the Recreation Report.

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Episode 25: The Beaver State Podcast: Mule Deer Nutrition, Predation and Climate with Mark Hurley

Mule deer range is characterized by beautiful but unforgiving landscapes. Mule deer numbers have always been determined in the margins between ever-changing weather patterns, food sources and predator numbers. Today they face additional problems like loss of winter range, obstacles to migration, poaching and invasive plants. Because their survival is so dependent on these razor thin margins, scientific research has driven conservation of the species. Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist Mark Hurley has been studying mule deer for much of his twenty plus year career. He's scrutinized everything from loss of nutrition to predator reduction in his quest to better understand mule deer survival and what management actions can be done to improve that.

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