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Courtesy Photo by North Dakota Game and Fish Department This is one of 90 female mule deer that researchers have equipped with a radio collar so biologists can track movements and mortality in the North Dakota Badlands, where extensive oil and gas development threatens wildlife habitat.

Researchers study effects of oil drilling on N.D. 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.

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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