Twenty Flagstaff-area mule deer are now at the forefront of a three-year study that will help the Arizona Game and Fish Department analyze movement patterns to help conserve mule deer migration corridors and provide guidance for preventing deer-vehicle collisions, according to a media release.
With help from the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest, Hopi Tribe Department of Natural Resources and the Mule Deer Foundation, department personnel used helicopters and nets to briefly capture deer and put radio collars on them.
The collars collect and transmit location data every three hours, which provides biologists a wealth of information on daily and seasonal movements, according to Game and Fish.
That information can later be used by traffic engineers and wildlife officials to guide future road projects designed to prevent wildlife/vehicle collisions. The collars are designed to automatically drop off after three years.