04/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mule Deer Herds Threatened By Drilling In Piceance Basin

Stepped-up natural gas drilling in northwestern Colorado can ripple-effect Denver politics, where wrangling over new drilling regulations last week took an ugly turn. But the ramifications for the nation's largest deer and elk herds that roam there are often overlooked.

While humans like Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry - current and former candidates for the Colorado governor's office - locked horns over a recent reception for the new president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), a new report from the Colorado Wildlife Federation (CWF) points out the perils for the state's distinct mega-fauna.

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