Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Skip to content

Winter Ranges of Mule Deer in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada

Metadata Updated: July 6, 2024

The Area 10 mule deer population is one of the largest deer herds in the state, accounting for roughly 20 percent of the statewide mule deer population. The Area 10 herd is comprised of several sub populations that occupy the majority of the Ruby Mountains, are highly migratory,and exhibit long distance migrations from summer to winter ranges. Several key stopovers occur within the migration corridor for the Area 10 deer migration. The largest stopovers are located along the Harrison Pass Road on both sides of Toyn Creek,the west side of Pearl Peak and Sherman Mountain, Little and Big Bald Mountains near the Bald Mountain Mine complex, and Bourne to Orchard Canyons west of Warm Spring Ranch. The winter range encompasses a very large area and is distributed along the lower elevations of the Ruby Mountains from Interstate 80 to US Highway 50, a span of approximately 120 miles. Some extended migrations have occurred even farther to the south near Highway 6 in extreme winter years. Several migratory pathways in Area 10 face challenges to permeability including livestock fences, impediments to the migration path from mineral extraction, competition from wild horses, and increasing highway traffic in some portions of the range. These data provide the location of winter ranges for mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in the Ruby Mountains, Elko County, Nevada. They were developed from Brownian bridge movement models (Sawyer et al. 2009) using 333 sequences collected from a sample size of 155 animals comprising GPS locations collected every 1-25 hours.

Access & Use Information

Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

Downloads & Resources


Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date July 6, 2024

Metadata Source

Harvested from DOI EDI

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date July 6, 2024
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Identifier USGS:5f8db52882ce32418791d52c
Data Last Modified 20220827
Category geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 010:12
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Harvest Object Id d7d25406-8bc1-4fac-a3c3-0ae227736242
Harvest Source Id 52bfcc16-6e15-478f-809a-b1bc76f1aeda
Harvest Source Title DOI EDI
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial -116.0776,38.8758,-114.3248,41.1276
Publisher Hierarchy White House > U.S. Department of the Interior > U.S. Geological Survey
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 1f5b019fdaa67c2018cb39fdbf5a77072042813bb862e18c15d8d9f0ae13b2bb
Source Schema Version 1.1
Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": -116.0776, 38.8758, -116.0776, 41.1276, -114.3248, 41.1276, -114.3248, 38.8758, -116.0776, 38.8758}

Didn't find what you're looking for? Suggest a dataset here.