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Game and Fish spring mule deer survey complete


June 27, 2022

National Park Service

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in May, and results indicate western North Dakota's mule deer population is 13% higher than last year and 34% above the long-term average.

Biologists counted 2,923 mule deer in 298.8 square miles during this year's survey. The overall mule deer density in the badlands was 9.8 deer per square mile.

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