Wyo Wildlife Officials Attribute Severe Weather to Lower Game Harvest

Elk and mule deer hunters near northwest Wyoming have been encountering trouble with bagging animals this past fall.

A Wyoming Game and Fish biologist said he has encountered fewer deer and elk at agency check stations for the Wyoming and Salt River Ranges.

The biologist said the fewer numbers are lower than they've been in any other fall season between October and November.

The biologist believes it's a result of poor hunter success and fewer animals taken through the Jackson and Pinedale region.

Wildlife Managers point to the severe 2016-2017 winter is the main reason, which killed many fawns.

Game and fish officials also believe a low harvest season will bode well for next year's hunt.