MT Outdoor Podcast: What Is Wrong with Montana’s Mule Deer?
By angelamontana

Posted: December 9, 2023

This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast you host Downrigger Dale talks to the Regional Director of the Montana Mule Deer Foundation, Chris Fortune. Rigger and Chris got into a fascinating and at times alarming discussion about the decline of the Mule Deer population in Montana. They cover all kinds of reasons that are contributing to this decline like; the loss of key Mule Deer habitat, the number of CWD cases that have been hitting the population, and the growing population of the Mule Deer’s predators. Now many of you may be thinking it’s the wolf and yes wolves do prey on Mule Deer no doubt, however they tend to focus more on other prey. Director Fortune explains that it is really a couple of other predators that have been doing more damage than the wolf. Which ones are those? Click here to listen to this fascinating podcast now to find out. In fact, Rigger found it interesting that one predator has been kind of flying under the radar since the wolf has been in the spotlight. Rigger also asked Chris about possible solutions to the issues affecting our Mule Deer and what the Mule Deer Foundation is trying to do about all this. This podcast will likely surprise you a great deal as it clears up a lot of misconceptions about the problems facing the Mule Deer. Spoiler Alert: CWD is not the biggest problem! Also, there are ways you can help solve the problems facing the Mule Deer population in Montana. Listen now to find out more!

If you would like to find out more about the Montana Mule Deer Foundation, click here. If you would like to find a Mule Deer Foundation chapter near you click here. To learn about recent CWD cases in Montana click here. To ask Chris Fortune, Regional Director of the Mule Foundation a question click here. Do you have comments about this podcast or ideas for topics for future podcasts? Click here to email your host Downrigger Dale


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