The Arizona Game and Fish Department, City of Scottsdale and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Field Institute will soon begin a multi-year study of mule deer within the McDowell Mountains east of Scottsdale. Up to 32 mule deer will be outfitted with GPS radio-telemetry tracking collars that will enable biologists to study movement patterns and habitat preferences within the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and surrounding habitat.
As part of the study, area residents and recreationists within Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Tonto National Forest, and Fountain Hills’ McDowell Mountain Preserve may observe low-flying aircraft from Feb. 1-5.
The City of Scottsdale and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy are partnering with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Contracts Branch to perform the capture, monitoring, data analysis and reporting. Staff and volunteers from the City of Scottsdale and the Field Institute will also assist with the project.
The Field Institute is the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s research center.