Public Policy with the Mule Deer Foundation

Though it would be nice to think that wildlife conservation is not a political issue, the truth is that decisions made by federal, state, and local elected officials impact mule deer and black-tailed deer.

MDF senior staff works closely with elected officials and policymakers to ensure that conservation and habitat restoration remain a priority. We have a strong relationship with the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state wildlife agency directors, working together on a variety of issues that impact western deer. This includes the implementation of federal migration corridor/seasonal range policy and state mule deer plans, as well as Chronic Wasting Disease and other cross-boundary issues that require even greater coordination with our partners.

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Passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act a Critical Step Forward

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for today’s bipartisan vote of 231-190 to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA, H.R. 2773). If passed by the Senate…

MDF Thanks Department of the Interior for Continued Focus on Big Game

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) welcomed today’s announcement by Secretary Deb Haaland about the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) continued commitment to Secretarial Order 3362. The Order, signed in 2018 during MDF’s…

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Clears Senate Committee

7/22/2021 – The MDF applauds the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The Senate version of the bill, already…

MDF President Speaks to Western State Game Commissioners

During the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (WAFWA) winter meeting in early January, Mule Deer Foundation President/CEO Joel Pedersen joined colleagues from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Wild Sheep…