Tony Mong, Wildlife Biologist with the Cody District of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, says that the Eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (EGYE) is one of the most intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states, and managing the system is made more complex by the movement patterns of ungulates—hooved animals—within it.
These animals include mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. At the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, Mong presents To There and Back Again: The Annual Movement of Ungulates in the Eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The free talk takes place at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium.
“Technology drives our ability to investigate the EGYE and the movements of these incredibly resilient animals,” says Mong. In his talk, he explains the use of data gathered from satellite radio telemetry and long-term trail cameras to explore how movement patterns overlap and change, and how they drive the ability of ungulates to survive—as well as the management of the species.
Mong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in 2001 from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Kansas State University in 2005. From 2005 to 2009, he managed a research project that determined the demographic, survival, and harvest rates of mourning doves in a landscape managed for their hunting.
In 2010, Mong began his career with Wyoming Game and Fish as a Senior Wildlife Biologist in Baggs, where he worked coordinating research on ungulates including elk, pronghorn, and mule deer. He has held his current position in the Cody District since 2017.
The Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition series is supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. After the December lecture, the series takes a hiatus and resumes in February 2020 .
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming—just an hour east of Yellowstone National Park—has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #centerofthewest