Wildlife officials in western Wyoming are looking to the public for help protecting mule deer as they migrate
to their winter ranges. Deer from Wyoming's two largest herds - the Sublette and Wyoming
Range herds - are migrating to the area around Pinedale, Big Piney and LaBarge for the winter. As the thousands of animals move, trophy mule deer can more easily be seen than in the backcountry,
making them tempting to poachers.
Wyoming Game & Fish Department spokesman Mark Gocke said Friday that the agency has stepped up patrols in the area. However he said the agency also relies on people who flock to watch
the deer to alert them to anything suspicious. People who see problems are asked to call the department's
anti-poaching hotline - 1-877-WGFD-TIP.