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UW doc chronicling researchers’ trek to study deer migration premiers online Saturday

Tennessee Watson, Anya Tyson and Sam Dwinnell hike through western Wyoming on the poster for the documentary film “Deer 139.” The University of Wyoming-produced documentary film will premiere online Saturday, March 20. (Monteith Shop, University of Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo —  Saturday will see the YouTube premier of “Deer 139,” a University of Wyoming-produced documentary about three women who hike, ski, and packraft an 85-mile stretch of Wyoming backcountry that mirrors the migratory path of a pregnant mule deer.

“The most mind-blowing detail of the whole journey is 139 does it malnourished after a long, hard winter, and on the verge of giving birth,” Wyoming Public Media reporter Tennessee Watson says in the film.

According to a UW release, the 55-minute “Deer 139” has had a successful year and a half on the film festival and screening circuit. The YouTube premier Saturday, March 20, at 7:00 pm will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with the film’s team.

“I’m excited to put this film out there so as many people as possible can see what mule deer face in their migrations and, hopefully, gain some appreciation for how important big, connected landscapes are for these wild animals,” said Sam Dwinnell, the lead character in the film.

In addition to Dwinnell and Watson, the film stars Anya Tyson, a recovering field tech who specializes in collaborative conservation and citizen science, and Deer 139 herself.

The Monteith Shop and UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources produced the film chronicling their research exploring what influences individual animals’ behavior, growth, reproduction and survival in a changing world.

 Deer 139 herself is part of the lab’s Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project. This research centers on tracking mule deer throughout their lives to uncover aspects of mule deer behavior, life history and population dynamics that have direct implications for conservation, UW said.

Tennessee Watson, Anya Tyson and Sam Dwinnell hike through western Wyoming on the poster for the documentary film “Deer 139.” The University of Wyoming-produced documentary film will premiere online Saturday, March 20. (Monteith Shop, University of Wyoming

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources Associate Professor Kevin Monteith and Communications Coordinator Emilene Ostlind, also served as producers.

Both the premier and the Q&A are free and open to the public. For more information, and to access the documentary film, visit UW’s page dedicated to the project here..

The film will be freely available on YouTube to watch following the premiere event.


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