Deer Management News This Week

Wisconsin deer metrics system places important data at your fingertips August 13, 2018 DNR News
... Metrics provided in the system include deer harvest figures, population trends, deer impacts on agriculture and forest resources, herd history, deer herd health, deer hunter surveys and more for the area you hunt! To check out this new webpage and learn more about Wisconsin’s deer herd, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “deer metrics.” ...

This video highlights the addition of one new fawn found in late July by the Laramie County Conservation District crew. The LCCD is following a gps collared doe, Jane Doe, during a two-year study with Central High School. This study helps students understand the movements of deer within an urban setting and contrasts it with large scale migrations of those wild herds in the rest of our home state. While this doe has added to the Cheyenne population, the district will search for more fawns over the next couple of months. - August 13, 2018 Wyoming


DCNR director warns of chronic wasting disease August 13, 2018 Alabama, Selma Times-Journal
... Chuck Sykes, the Director of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division ... about the possible threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that could impact the deer population in Alabama.  “It is something that I don’t want to scare you,” he said. “But it is something that I want you all to understand this is the most serious that we have to deal with right now.” ...

... Following years of controversy ...  the committee voted unanimously to recommend the city suspend the trap, transport and process program ...

DNR invites public to attend deer open houses August 13, 2018 Minnesota, news.dnr.state.mn.us
... Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at meetings scheduled across the state meant to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication... one of the first steps identified for implementing the state’s new White-tailed Deer Management Plan...

... "Siberian musk deer are native to the forests and mountains of Russia and northern Asia," the Akron Zoo says. "Musk deer are small, weighing from 15 to 35 pounds ...

Seneca White Deer,  A seminal moment August 12, 2018 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... in 2016 ... three harsh winters had passed and the Depot land was still in a transitory stage of ownership, leaving the deer without proper nurturing ... the once 200 white deer herd had diminished to a mere 75... We are excited about the Ecotourism Park ...

Delaware opens Sunday deer hunting August 11, 2018 Delaware State News 
... Senate Bill 198 legalized Sunday hunting across the whole season established by the state ... increased deer-related property damage reported by farmers and a desire to increase recreational hunting accessibility and opportunity for the state’s hunters...

The incredible benefits of sagebrush-juniper in the West August 10, 2018 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... federal and state land management agencies continue to log and burn these incredibly important native ecotones to increase grass for cows... provide hiding and thermal cover for elk and deer ... also consumed by pygmy rabbits and mule deer...

Hastings-on-Hudson program uses contraception to reduce fawn rate August 10, 2018 New York, The Journal News | LoHud.com
...Four years into the village deer contraception program... the mayor said, "there are far, far fewer fawns which you typically see at this time of the summer — I can't say that I've seen a single one ... If the white-tailed deer population is found to have been substantially reduced, the village will adopt a regular contraception protocol...
     Project looks for ways to lower deer population August 10, 2018 New York, Westchester News 12
... immune contraception...  a method to test if the population is in fact getting smaller... "Fifty households all around the village put a hasta plant in a pot and they check it every day, and then they report back in how long that plant has survived without being eaten," said Dr. Lemons. “We saw a doubling of the time that those plants would survive.” ...

West Virginia DNR set to begin 'spotlight surveys' of deer herds August 10, 2018 The Herald-Dispatch
... Every year since 2012, agency biologists have slowly cruised the state's roads, shining powerful spotlights and counting every deer the beams illuminate... the spotlight surveys have essentially shown that population estimates based on the harvest were pretty accurate...

Trail cam project Snapshot Wisconsin goes statewide August 9, 2018 University of Wisconsin-Madison
... the volunteer-run wildlife monitoring program Snapshot Wisconsin started rolling out, this innovative project is going statewide... The DNR uses the trail cam data to model deer and their predators and to provide recommendations to county deer advisory councils...

... Mountain lions generally eat just under one ungulate a week, preying on an average of 38 deer each year according to a study from 2010... mountains and foothills ...there's four to five mountain lions and 1,300 to 1,900 deer per 100 square miles... desert habitats that support the animals have sparser populations. Per 100 square miles in those areas, there's two mountain lions and around 750 deer at best. ...

Deer Permits For The 2018/2019 Hunting Season To Go On Sale August 15 August 9, 2018 Rhode Island, RI.gov: Rhode Island Government
... The cost of each deer permit for residents is $12.50 online or $13.00 at a sales agent; for non-residents, the cost is $25.50 online or $26.50 at a sales agent for each permit. The cost for the resident "All Outdoors" deer permit is $75.00 online or $78.00 at a sales agent...

DNR board signs off on enhanced deer farm fencing August 8, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The rule calls for deer farms that have had a CWD infection to install a second fence or solid barrier. CWD-free farms would have three options: add a second fence, add a solid barrier or add an electric fence...
     Nothing about CWD management is easy, but Wednesday's action is an important step August 8,2018 Minnesota, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Hunters who kill a deer in a CWD-affected county will be required to quarter the deer or bone it out before moving it out of the county.  The rule allows portions of the carcass such as the spinal cord to be left on public land where the animal was harvested...

... The initial goal was to stabilize quail and dove populations ... after building a bunch of those that once the deer found them and the coyotes and everything else found them, they were drinking out of them ...

Investing in muleys August 8, 2018 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
... Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have come together to help protect designated mule deer migration corridors in Wyoming.  They announced last week that the department will prioritize the conservation efforts by deferring sales of mineral rights and putting lease stipulations on public land...

Wildlife biologist Bryan Richards explains CWD/chronic wasting disease. - August 8, 2018


Keith Warren, host of Deer and Wildlife Stories, assembles an expert panel to discuss the effects of CWD. Keith is joined by expert panelists: Dr. Greg Stewart D.V.M. MS PHD Veterinarian & Microbiologist, Paul B. Stonum D.V.M Texas Tech University, Dr. Ernest E. Smith Texas Tech University, and Tim Condict Executive Director of Deer Breeders Corporation. The panelists discuss the truth about Chronic Wasting Disease - August 7, 2018


... The BLM has offered to sell multiple oil and gas leases in the Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration corridor ... Secretary Zinke is clearly prioritizing energy dominance over mule deer...

... This region is considered to have some of the highest quality deer habitat in the state of Michigan... 1,400 acres ... includes more than two miles of frontage on the Gogomain River ...

The land lies adjacent to large shoreline parcels owned by the State of Michigan along Raber Bay 
EHD, Deadly New Insect-Borne Virus Targeting Arizona Wildlife August 6, 2018 KNAU Arizona Public Radio
... About 30 deer have died since the new strain of epizootic hemorrhagic disease was detected in the West for the first time last year... 

Could fencing funneled to existing underpasses on I-25 help wildlife and prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions - August 6, 2018 Wyoming


State Extends Archery Season for Deer August 6, 2018 Massachusetts,  Martha's Vineyard News
... The reason for the extension is the heavy deer population in those areas, where upwards of 80 deer per square mile are estimated, well above the management goal of six to 18 deer per square mile... [information on optimal deer density]

... “We know now, after years of research, that about 30 to 40 percent of mortality of adult moose comes from brainworm ... That is the largest single mortality caused to moose, and our deer numbers are already lower than 10 per square mile, so it stands to reason that’s not enough.” ...

... “The commission will be working closely and in collaboration with hunting preserves and wildlife-breeding facilities to ensure regulation compliance and to minimize the risk associated with the movement and holding of captive deer,” the statement said. “The goal is to help protect Missouri’s deer herd, now and into the future, from the 100 percent fatal chronic wasting disease, which has advanced across the Missouri landscape since it was first found in 2010.” ...

Louisiana free of deer disease, but wildlife agents remain alert August 5, 2018, KTBS
... This past January, Mississippi found chronic wasting disease in a deer in Issaquena County which is about 4 miles from the Mississippi-Louisiana line, across from Madison Parish,” ... currently we are listing CWD free for the state of Louisiana ...

... We had dispersal information for 319 yearling bucks in two study areas: northern forest and eastern farmland. Yearling bucks had a 41% dispersal rate in the Northern forest and a 55% dispersal rate in the eastern farmland. Average dispersal distances were about 3-4.5 miles. Bucks that were heavier at capture were more likely to disperse. We also found that bucks with forked antlers the subsequent fall were more likely to have dispersed than spike bucks ...

Deer hunter survey is timely, but questions need to be answered August 4, 2018 West Virging,  Charleston Daily Mail 
... For years, some hunters ... have argued that if DNR officials truly wanted hunters to take more antlerless deer, they’d allow one antlerless deer to be taken on the base license and only require Class N doe stamps for additional antlerless deer... question appears to be aimed at judging hunters’ sentiment toward that...

... The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is cautioning deer hunters about the use of deer urine lures because of the potential these products could contain chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... Urine production and sale is 
not regulated by any state or federal agency...

Colorado Springs,  Officials set tentative timeline for culling August 3,2018 Colorado, Colorado Springs Independent
... State Parks and Wildlife has said that in order to reduce Colorado Springs' deer population (currently 2,700) by one-half, 200 does would need to be "harvested" every year for the next five years. Alternatively, 95 does could be harvested each year for the next 10 years. Cost estimates calculated in March showed that culling 200 deer would cost the city between $115,000 and $250,000... ($575 to $1250 per deer)
      Deer dilemma continues in Colorado Springs August 3, 2018 Colorado,  KRDO
... "In a few weeks, we'll ask for proposals from anyone who can formulate or institute a management plan," Waters said.  "We need to determine how a plan would work, how much it would cost and how we'd pay for it." ...  may include allowing archery hunting in unspecified areas of the city, or culling ...

Epic Yellowstone Migrations Gain New Bipartisan Protections August 3, 2018 Wyoming, National Geographic
... Over the last decade, hunters, conservationists, private landowners, and policy makers have come together to identify and eliminate man-made obstacles from migratory corridors in and around Yellowstone National Park... Commonly known as "The Thorofare," it is so-named becuse it serves as the main route for thousands of ungulates and other large animals who traverse it during their annual migrations...

Hoback deer route partially spared August 3,2018 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide 
... the Bureau of Land Management has been directed to defer nearly 5,000 acres of leases that overlapped with the Red Desert-to-Hoback migration route, the first such wildlife path officially recognized by Wyoming... the migration takes hundreds of mule deer on a 300-mile round-trip journey ...

DNR seeks resident deer survey input August 3, 2018 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... The annual, volunteer-based wildlife monitoring survey gives Wisconsin residents an opportunity to assist the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with deer herd management efforts...

Public Records Reveal Trump Administration Plans to Lease 54,000 Acres in Nevada's Ruby Mountains August 2, 2018 Center for Biological Diversity
... The Trump administration plans to lease all 54,000 acres of Nevada’s Ruby Mountains under consideration for oil and gas development, according to public records released this week.The records, obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity through a Freedom of Information Act request, show the U.S. Forest Service plans to auction public land for drilling and fracking that includes crucial winter habitat for mule deer ...

... hunters may enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket for $5... a continuing effort to control deer populations ...

Helena, Just let the dogs out to combat urban deer August 2, 2018 Montana, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
... The city of Helena has spent thousands of dollars to cull its urban deer herd with no end in sight. More than 1,000 deer have been killed there in the past 10 years ... Deer didn’t used to hang out in town. They couldn’t. Dogs would run them off... People in town have even begun shooting the deer with paintball guns...

Private property rights attacked in Missouri River Country August 1, 2018 Montana, Billings Gazette
... American Prairie Reserve operates through a voluntary conservation strategy that is rooted in the sanctity of private property rights and a free market approach... providing more habitat for Montana’s native species including elk, deer and bison...

Public to give input on city’s deer-reduction plan  August 1, 2018 Iowa, Daily Iowan
... A public forum on the city of Iowa City’s proposal to use sharpshooters in a deer-reduction plan ... From 2005-2015, deer-related accidents stayed consistent at around 30 per year in the Iowa ... Through the end of the June, there have been 18 deer-related accidents this year...

... A 14-year study following 134 tagged mountain lions north of Jackson, Wyoming, found a 48 percent reduction in their numbers.  The researchers found that the combination of the reintroduction of wolves and increases in elk and mountain lion hunting led to the precipitous drop...

Pennsylvania Sees Dramatic Increase in the Spread of CWD August 1, 2018 American Hunter 
... data from the 2017-18 hunting seasons show an increase in chronic wasting disease (CWD) by more than 200 percent. The PGC documented 78 cases of CWD in free-ranging deer across the state during that time, compared to 25 cases documented in 2016-17. All of the new confirmed cases were found in or near the state’s current designated Disease Management Areas ...

Misinformation about chronic wasting disease circulating August 1, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... One recent claim on an internet video stated that CWD is not always fatal... "Another thing that's in the news is deer that are genetically less susceptible to it," Demarais said. "Some say they are immune.  "It's way too soon to make that conclusion at this point. The occurrence of the disease is less in the deer with this genetic element ...

Will feeding Illinois deer hasten their demise? Bill ignites debate over bucks, does August 1, 2018 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... a bill that would launch a trial program to see what might happen to the state’s wild herd if Illinois lifts a 15-year-old rule that makes it illegal to feed deer ... “Is supplemental feeding, on balance, more supportive of the deer population even if it means there will be a few more cases of CWD or not?”... said Rose, a Republican from Mahomet ...





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Firefighters battling the Holy Jim wildfire pause to save the life of dehydrated deer August 13, 2018 California, The San Diego Union-Tribune 
... They provided her with water and helped her get back on her feet ...

... stationed in Redding to help firefighters battle the massive Carr fire when they found a baby deer struggling to escape burning bushes. They pulled the animal out before it was injured...


This is another video from the water hole that I have maintained in my backyard in Tucson, Arizona for almost 40 years. This one features a bobcat and a desert mule deer at the water hole at the same time. The deer just kept a couple bushes between her and the bobcat. - July 29, 2018



  ...  fawn following its mother into the water ... the little one started swimming over to the boat ... the Miles family took the fawn over to the bank, and watched as mother and baby headed back into the forest...

Ranch owners share white-tailed pets with summer campers July 25, 2018 Pennsylvania,  CourierExpress
... white-tail deer have become family to Rusty and Roger “Shorty” Snyder, the owners of Double Diamond Deer Ranch...  In the beginning, the Snyders had deer as pets, but after so many people would come to visit them, they turned their pets into a business...

From 1939: This video shows you Wyoming the home of the elk,grouse and moose.


... the young female deer first showed up in her backyard with the zip tie a few weeks ago... deer's ribs were visible and she appeared to be foaming at the mouth ...


Every Morning, This Woman Calls Out To The Woods. Who Emerges To Greet Her Will Melt Your Heart. - July 23, 2018


Keeping a deer as a pet illegal in Delaware July 23, 2018 Delaware, 6abc Action News
... Wildlife police rescued a white tail fawn from an apartment near Wilmington ... individual was fined $107 ...




Why Seeing Deer is Just as Enjoyable as Hunting Them July 20, 2018 Wyoming, Wide Open Spaces
... Sometimes I enjoy seeing deer as much as hunting them. Sometimes I like just seeing deer even more ... During my short time living in Wyoming, it became something of an obsession for me to capture photos of urban deer in the area. In fact, I had one of my most memorable whitetail encounters ...

Backyard adopted by deer for nursery July 19, 2018 Washington, The Spokesman-Review 
... There was a tiny fawn curled up in the grass where mama deer had left it while she went off foraging. I may be a city girl, but I know enough to leave a baby deer alone, recognizing that mama is off feeding...

 
 Three fawns rescued from bottom of a well in Seward July 18, 2018 Nebraska, Omaha
... deer’s cries of distress ... Three fawns, thought to be only about a week old, had fallen into an old well that sits on the property of a neighbor...  neighbor, who lay on his belly and scooped them out ...


Siberian musk deer fawn born at the Akron Zoo July 13, 2018 Ohio, Canton Repository
... Siberian musk deer are native to the forests and mountains of Russia and northern ... get their name from the musk that they secrete during mating season... kangaroo-like faces and the “fangs” (large canine teeth) on the males...

... The mother deer watched from afar, poking her head through a tree line.  The officers then carried the baby deer past the fence before he ran to the woods ...