Influence of Well Pad Activity on Winter Habitat Selection Patterns of Mule Deer

  title={Influence of Well Pad Activity on Winter Habitat Selection Patterns of Mule Deer},
  author={Hall Sawyer and Matthew J. Kauffman and Ryan M. Nielson},
Abstract Conversion of native winter range into producing gas fields can affect the habitat selection and distribution patterns of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Understanding how levels of human activity influence mule deer is necessary to evaluate mitigation measures and reduce indirect habitat loss to mule deer on winter ranges with natural gas development. We examined how 3 types of well pads with varying levels of vehicle traffic influenced mule deer habitat selection in western Wyoming… 

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