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The deer is hobbled and blindfolded while crews attach a radio collar. Does and their fawns will be tracked to determine impacts on mule deer from energy development. Credit all photos: North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Researchers study effects of oil drilling on North Dakota wildlife

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FARGO - Mule deer in the Little Missouri Badlands recently were equipped with radio collars to enable biologists to track their movements and mortality.

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The research is one of several studies under way in western North Dakota to determine the effects on wildlife species from unprecedented oil and gas drilling and production.

Adverse impacts come from drilling, road building, truck traffic and noise, as well as expansion of urban areas.

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