The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) have been studying and analyzing the established deer migration corridor for the Loyalton-Truckee Mule Deer Herd for 25+ years. CDFW utilize radio-tracking collars to understand wildlife movement to help indicate migration patterns and habitat preference. Collars implement GPS technology and record locations for 10-18 months until collars fall off. The map exhibits below show deer locations and movement in June 2012, June 2013 and June 2014. Each colored dot represents a specific time stamp of deer locations and movement for the month of June, the fawning season for the mule deer species.
The Canyon Springs Final EIR states there is no evidence of fawning on the parcel, which is contradictory to the CDFW radio collar results showing use of the Canyon Springs parcel in the month of June. CDFW has also stated in written testimony that they have plenty of camera footage showing the use of the site by fawns, and the impact with the proposed housing development IS SIGNIFICANT, while the Final EIR states it is not. This is an unavoidable impact. Development of Canyon Springs will negatively impact migration, fawning and foraging. Read CDFW letter stating impacts to the herd, and how loss of this home range will be a detrimental loss.