AUSTIN – Over the next week or so, El Paso residents may see a low flying helicopter in and around the Franklin Mountains as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) conducts aerial mule deer surveys in the area.
This year’s survey runs from February 19 through 25. Each year, TPWD flies surveys throughout the Trans-Pecos to estimate the region’s mule deer population.
Normally the surveys do not include the Franklin Mountains, but that is changing due to two deer in El Paso testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in recent years.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,
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