An extensive literature search was conducted to recognize the findings of peer-reviewed research on the effects of recreation on big game habitats and populations. In combination with this science-based research, our analysis of big game habitat integrity and connectivity is based on the spacial and temporal association of mapped big game seasonal habitats, production areas, and migration corridors with existing roads and trails on and adjacent to the GMUG.

In our report we highlight the current status of wild lands in the GMUG, we cover the importance of big game seasonal habitats and assess recreation effects to wildlife habitat and populations. We analyze the importance of big game habitat integrity and connectivity, and make recommendations for priority landscape protections through Wildlife Management Area (WMA) designations and the use of management objectives, guidelines, and standards we believe to be necessary. Links for our report and references.