CASPER, Wyo. -- The 2009-2011 winters were harsh for mule deer in the Platte Valley. Even if good food existed, they couldn't find it buried under all that snow, said Bill Clay, the XH Ranch manager near Saratoga.
Now that snow has melted and this winter didn't hit as hard, he thinks it may be time to look at habitat, even if he's not sure what needs to or could be done. For nearly 35 years, he's watched the population go up and down. It's the last five years that has him truly worried.