PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is delaying public access to some wildlife management areas around Pinedale this spring.

The agency says one of the harshest winters in western Wyoming has caused extra stress on mule deer and human activity would only add to the problem.

As a result, the department decided to delay opening the Soda Lake, Fall Creek, Halfmoon and Luke Lynch wildlife habitat management areas until May 10.

The four Game and Fish administered properties are located within a major migration corridor for the Sublette Mule Deer Herd.

The delayed opening of the Soda Lake Wildlife Habitat Management Area will also preclude anglers from accessing Soda Lake for fishing until May 10.