Hunter Tom, they all say the same thing---killing lions only works to increase mule deer populations WHEN specific conditions exist. And, those conditions do NOT always exist. Sometimes, reducing predators will NOT increase prey--in this case mule deer. Want more?
Pumas (Puma concolor) are the primary predator of adult mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) throughout most of arid New Mexico, and predation by pumas is popularly ...
Mule deer are one of the most important game animals in New Mexico and the West. The size of the mule deer population in New Mexico is unknown, and densities of mule deer can vary greatly among areas and over time.