Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has teamed up with partners to help the mule deer population at Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has partnered with ECLCC — CEMEX-USA and Cuenca Los Ojos, Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, Mule Deer Foundation, and Houston Safari Club to help mule deer populations grow through mule deer relocation.
Mitch Lockwood, director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s big game program said, “Despite the excellent mule deer habitat at the El Carmen Land and Conservation Co. property and Black Gap WMA, mule deer numbers have remained very low over the past 35 years. These partners aim to help boost populations while researching why the region has seen limited growth in the mule deer population.”
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Forty mule deer does were captured at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area, where the mule deer population is doing quite well. These surplus animals were transported and released at Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. This mule deer relocation is intended to introduce healthy animals that will later breed and contribute to the current population in the area.
ECLCC property joins Black Gap WMA to form 135,000 contiguous acres of prime wildlife habitat. TPWD is going to relocate another 100 mule deer through 2016 for release on the Black Gap WMA