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Title: Big game resource in the Powder River Basin Region, Montana--Wyoming

Technical Report ·
DOI:· OSTI ID:7285353

The big-game resource in the Powder River Basin Area of Wyoming and Montana is an integral part of the environment. Historically, big-game animals have fared badly as man-induced regional landscape changes have favored domestic livestock and cultivated crops. The last stronghold of big-game animals is in the sparsely populated Western states. Large populations of pronghorned antelope, mule deer, and white-tailed deer reside in the Powder River Basin Area. The two major constraints that keep the present big-game populations in concert with the available range are severe winter weather and regulated hunter harvests. The annual hunter harvest of animals averages about 23,000 antelope and 60,000 deer. The probable effects of extensive coal mining in the region on big-game populations are postulated.

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Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, WA (United States)
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United States