Boise River WMA provides winter refuge for mule deer and elk

Posted at 5:51 AM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 07:51:58-05

BOISE, Idaho — As the temperatures start to get colder, mule deer and elk are making their way from the Boise mountains to the Boise foothills for lower elevations, milder temperatures and available forage to survive the winter. Some of the animals come from as far as the Sawtooth Mountains.

The Boise River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is the primary winter range for unit 39 mule deer and elk. Around 5,000 to 8,000 mule deer and 1,800 elk come to the WMA each winter. Situated in the foothills of the Boise Mountains near Lucky Peak and Arrowrock reservoirs, the WMA spans 36,000 acres and supports more than 300 species of wildlife.

During the winter months, visitors to the WMA can see mule deer, elk and pronghorn along State Highway 21. Drivers are reminded to slow down in this area during this time of the year.

To learn more about the Boise River WMA and the recreational activities it provides, click here.