PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Thanks to a fairly mild winter, Wyoming wildlife managers are not expecting significant winter deaths among mule deer herds.

Biologist Dean Clause of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says initial surveys show a fawn mortality rate of about 19 percent this past winter.

Clause says that is below the average annual mortality rate of 30 percent.

Still, Game and Fish wants to get a better picture of mule deer mortality and is inviting the public to help it survey deer winter ranges in southwestern Wyoming.