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Fish and Game Seeking Volunteers to Help Mule Deer

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is joining forces with local hunter groups on Saturday, September 29, to help with a fencing project to benefit mule deer.

Fish and Game and volunteers and area groups such as Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and Southeast Idaho Mule Deer Foundation, will be headed to Stone in southern Idaho to remove about four miles of fence.

The fence on federal public land near the Black Pine area stands more than 8 feet high and blocks access to habitat by mule deer.

"With the recent onslaught of fires in critical habitat areas in southern Idaho, creating access to this area for mule deer is essential," said Toby Boudreau, Mule Deer Initiative coordinator for Fish and Game. "We hope we can get as many as 100 people out to help with this important project."

Anyone interested in helping with this project should contact Fish and Game at 208-232-4703. Volunteers will meet in the Sportsman's Warehouse parking lot in Chubbuck at 7 a.m. on September 29. Fish and Game will provide transportation to the project site, though it may be necessary for some individuals to drive their own vehicles if seating space becomes limited.

Lunch will be provided to all participants.

Volunteers and Fish and Game staff will remove approximately 8 feet of woven wire over a four-mile stretch. A shorter fence will be installed at a later time to allow livestock grazing in the area to continue while still providing access for mule deer.

For information contact Jennifer Jackson at 208-232-4703 or 208-251-9403.