Mule deer conservation and Management
SDSU Project Team
Megan Jennings, Lead Scientist
Kylie Curtis, MS Student
Emma Tomaszewski, MS Student
Well-designed monitoring strategies are vital to obtaining data required to adequately determine population parameters and produce robust mule deer population estimates. Explicit knowledge of population parameters are needed to effectively manage deer whether hunted or part of multi-species conservation planning programs. In San Diego County, deer are both managed as a game species and a species of conservation interest. The southern mule deer subspecies (Odocoileus hemionus fuliginatus) that ranges from south of Los Angeles to Baja California, Mexico is non-migratory and little is known about their populations. In particular, population parameters are virtually unknown, which makes managing harvest limits challenging. Working collaboratively in close partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, we will implement a statistically rigorous and repeatable population survey for resident deer within the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges to produce reliable estimates of population abundance and density and detect rates of population change to inform management strategies for the species.