Deer Management News This Week

... The ban, which would take effect in 2016 if it passes state legislation, takes aim on reducing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). A disease that has the potential to devastate the state’s deer herd.  Vermont currently has no confirmed cases of CWD ...

Trying to bring deer numbers back May 22, 2015 North Dakota, Jamestown Sun
... This year's deer season is designed to get the population, particularly for whitetails, headed back in a positive direction. Game and Fish has allowed for 43,275 total licenses, 4,725 fewer than last year... Game and Fish is allocating 1,875 licenses for antlered mule deer in 2015, an increase of 525 from last year. [mule deer population is increasing in the badlands]

Avon Lake plans no deer culling over the summer May 22, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Earlier this year, city-hired sharpshooters and bow hunters killed 19 deer ... Those against the deer population maintain the animals eat their gardens and destroy shrubbery and cause car accidents...

... a bill next week that would legalize blaze pink for deer hunters... designed to encourage women to become hunters ...

Eastern Kentucky park to become wildlife tourism attraction May 22, 2015 Washington Times
... The plan envisions elk-watching as a key attraction, but there also are black bears, white-tailed deer ... modeled on an elk-viewing center in Pennsylvania that had more than 400,000 visitors in 2014 ...

DEC proposes hunting rule changes to lower deer numbers across NY state May 21, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... Areas that would be affected by these new rules would include the northern Finger Lakes areas of central and western New York, much of the Lake Plains area, portions of the Catskills and Long Island ... The DEC is seeking public comment until June 29... One area that does call for an additional rule change to increase the deer population ...  wildlife management unit 6A in the St. Lawrence Valley...

DNR gives final approval to package of rule changes May 21, 2015 Indiana, The Herald Bulletin
...  proposals that were removed from the fish and wildlife package would have expanded the use of high-powered rifles for deer hunting ...  and raising the bag limit in Reduction Zones to 10 deer, of which only one can be antlered ...

N.D. Game and Fish prepares for paperless licensing May 21, 2015 North Dakota, Bismarck Tribune
... A state law passed in 2013 requires licenses to be sold electronically starting April 1... It will mean vendors must have have computers and printers and, as of now, only about 100 of the vendors print online licenses for their customers ...

Indiana Shoots Down Expanded Rifle Hunting Proposal for Deer Season May 21, 2015 OutdoorHub
... Many hunters supported the rifle proposal because they believe that larger-caliber rifles allowed for more efficient, ethical kills. Opponents argued that “high-powered” rifles could be detrimental to the deer population ...

... Due to ongoing drought conditions, an overall reduction was seen for mule deer ... increases were approved for desert bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain elk... Mule deer buck quotas are down nearly seven percent from last year, partially due to drought conditions... the statewide management objective of 30 bucks to 100 does...

... A "notice of dangerous condition" was served on Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum ... hunting within a municipality "may cause serious injuries to the general public as a result of impaling, goring, shooting or death, along with emotional and psychological distress ... Animal Defenders of Westchester ...

New York's White Tailed Deer Numbers Down in 2014 May 21, 2015 Good Game Hunting
... “Deer Management Permits (DMPs), often called “doe tags”, are a critical part of New York’s deer management program. By adjusting the number of DMPs available in individual Wildlife Management Units, we can influence the number of does that are taken by hunters and thus manipulate the population toward desired levels... New York Department of Environmental Conservation

DNR backpeddles as deer population dwindles May 20, 2015 Indiana, KPC News 
...  the DNR continually defends the downward spiral of deer herd with the notion that they planned to mismanage the deer herd for quite some time... The herd reduction plan was, and has always been about exploiting the deer population for revenue in the form of license sales...

Deer farming changes pass state Senate, go to House May 20, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
... “The N.C. Wildlife Federation is very disappointed in the actions of the N.C. Senate and the wildlife commission,” said NCWF Camouflage Coalition coordinator Richard Hamilton, a former commission director. “We plan to continue our opposition in the House.” ...

Heal division between Legislature, Conservation May 20, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune
... Conflict between the two bodies boiled over last year when Conservation proposed strict rules to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, which can decimate the population of wild deer.  Lawmakers responded with a proposal to reclassify captive deer as “livestock” and transfer oversight of captive deer from Conservation to Agriculture...

... the number of licenses allocated for this fall is the lowest since 1978... deer numbers are much lower than the peak population in the mid-2000s, considering we've had several severe winters since 2009, and a significant loss of habitat on the landscape throughout much of the state...

Avon Lake looks to expand deer culling May 20, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... USDA sharpshooters killed 16 deer at Weiss Field and volunteer archers killed three deer ...  15 were found to be pregnant ...  $8,557 for sharpshooting services, storage of killed deer and processing of venison. [$450 per deer including the archers]

... The bill approved 44-2 on Monday shifts regulation of North Carolina deer raised on farms from wildlife officials to the Department of Agriculture...

...  In the Southeast, coyotes (Canis latrans) and bobcats (Lynx rufus) can be major sources of fawn mortality and may limit some white-tailed deer populations.  We captured and radio-collared 47 fawns at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in southwestern Georgia during 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012 to quantify cause-specific mortality and survival. Fawn survival to 20 weeks of age (i.e., opening day of firearms season) was 29.0%. Coyote predation accounted for 52.4% of all fawn mortalities and 68.7% of predation-caused mortalities, while bobcat predation accounted for only 9.5% of all mortalities and 12.5 % of all predation...

Population density influences dispersal in female white-tailed deer  CL Lutz, DR Diefenbach, CS Rosenberry - Journal of Mammalogy, 2015
... We found a positive relationship between dispersal rate and deer per forested km2 and between dispersal distance and deer per forested km2. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that female dispersal is density-dependent and caused by the exclusion of subordinate 1-year-olds as adult females seek isolation before and after parturition... 
... A southern Ohio lawmaker has reintroduced a measure into the Ohio General Assembly that would allow an individual on active military duty, while on leave or furlough, to hunt deer or wild turkey without procuring a deer or wild turkey permit...

Where are the Deer? Part 1 May 18, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
... "Projected harvest results are going to be lower than they were in 2013 and with three back-to-back hard winters, I suspect the 2015 deer harvest will be even lower," said Brian Roell, DNR wildlife biologist...

Population boom forces Dalton Gardens to relocate deer May 18, 2015 Idaho, KREM
... City leaders hired a trapper to begin catching and relocating the deer. He moved ten deer, but blames the population boom on a "chronic" rate of people feeding the animals...

... The price of a Georgia fishing and hunting license hasn’t gone up since 1992 ...  the number of people buying licenses has been relatively unchanging in recent years, despite Georgia’s population growth ...

Will the smartphone replace tagging deer, turkey? May 18, 2015 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... The day of the mobile tag isn’t near, but it may be in Texas’ hunters’ future.  Eastern turkey hunters are using a mobile app, called My Texas Hunt Harvest, this season to report the harvest to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department within 24 hours of harvest...

Preliminary 2015 spring mortality numbers not looking good for moose May 17, 2015 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... Shorter winters are being cited for the proliferation of winter ticks in the northern part of the Granite State, which, in some cases, are literally sucking the life blood out of moose ... were responsible for the deaths of more than 60 percent of calves and five percent of adults that were collared ... 

... Capps and Tanner founded Oregon Shed Hunters 10 years ago to promote ethical shed hunting. No cutting fences, no destroying habitat, no harassing animals to get them to drop their antlers faster...

A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs. - May 17, 2015 Washington


... The phone calls come steadily throughout the year ... Many are like the one recently made by a Montgomery County resident after finding a deer carcass dumped like so much garbage in the back of a rural subdivision ... called 800-792-4263 as has happened tens of thousands of times since the Texas Legislature in 1981 created the framework for Operation Game Thief ...

... Losing female mule deer is especially harmful to a population already in decline — a population Bean and his law enforcement partner, Trooper James Hayes, have struggled to protect...  federal authorities have turned their attention to global wildlife trafficking, resources for catching poachers have diminished in the Northwest...

Harsh winter could affect deer hunting permits May 16, 2015 Maine, Observer-Reporter
... biologists are recommending the state issue 28,770 “any deer” permits, which allow hunters to harvest bucks or does. The cut would come a year after the state reduced permits from 46,710 to 37,185, a 25 percent cut that was also motivated in part by winter die-offs.  Maine’s deer herd was about 200,000 a year ago...

Moose hunt threatened by numbers May 16, 2015 New Hampshire, Union Leader
...  "In addition to hunting and fishing, wildlife watching has become a multimillion-dollar contributor to the state economy. People love to see the deer ... New Hampshire is home to about 100,000 deer ...

...  researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ... CWD, first diagnosed in mule deer in Colorado in the late 1960s, has spread across the country into 22 states ... plants can uptake prions from contaminated soil ... the CDC recommends that people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or test positive for CWD...

Deer baiting bill apparently dead May 16, 2015 Alabama, Al.com 
... Alabama currently has a law that allows deer hunters to place bait a minimum of 100 yards away from their hunting location and out of the sight of the hunter. House Bill 123 makes no stipulations as to the distance and would allow hunters to place bait directly below their tree stands...

... Sales of hunting and fishing licenses have been declining the past 30 years, and static the past decade, despite a growing population... "Steps must be taken to improve the quality of big game hunting and fishing in the state, and then the customers will return," ...

Columbian White-tail deer relocation complete May 15, 2015 Washington, Longview Daily News
... A total of 88 deer were relocated to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge... The typical mortality rate of transferring deer is 8 to 10 percent ... The relocation started because of concerns that a dike that protects the refuge would breach ...

DNR: City can’t require permits for hunting on private land May 15, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... A city of Eau Claire requirement that hunters obtain permits to bowhunt in the city violates a 2013 state law, a state Department of Natural Resources official said...

Turn up the heat on coyotes now May 15, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... the state’s deer population has declined by 30 percent since 2002, and much of it is attributed to the coyote invasion... Newborn fawns emit fewer odors than adults, which helps them hide from predators, but coyotes’ ultra-keen sense of smell  makes young fawns vulnerable ...

Local counties say deer license change could cost them big bucks May 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era 
... Local county treasurers are taking aim at a proposal to expand and digitize some hunting license sales, saying the loss of antlerless deer permits could cost them big bucks or, more specifically, hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in annual revenue...

FWP proposes keeping wolf rules the same May 15, 2015 Wyoming, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
... at least 544 wolves in the state ... Lanier said reducing the Yellowstone quota would be appropriate because wolves aren’t as big a threat to elk herds as the spread of chronic wasting disease ...

...  the idea of fencing off a section of land to keep the deer, as a pilot program, is “excellent”, as a means of seeing if would lead to the rebirth of the natural environment.
“It’s going to be costly, deer fencing isn’t cheap. But as a pilot, we can look at the impacts,” ...

Nature keeps down most recent deer season numbers May 14, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online ·
... Evin Stanford, the commission's deer biologist, linked the decline to three likely factors: an abundance of natural food, ongoing hemorrhagic disease in some areas, and the high deer harvest over the last several seasons...

Rules spell out fines for introducing wildlife May 14, 2015 Hawaii, Hawaii Tribune-Herald
...  fines up to $25,000 and seizure of equipment, aircraft, vehicles and vessels used in the violation.  The introduction of axis deer on the Big Island in 2009 by a Big Island hunter and rancher and a Maui pilot spurred the rule change ...

Elk Returning to Ho-Chunk Lands a Century After Being Driven Out May 14, 2015 Wisconsin, Indian Country Today Media Network
... all of the animals remaining in the acclimation pen in Black River Falls State Forest will be released on-site, the intent is also to release animals that will intermingle with the Clam Lake herd in future years. Kentucky will provide all of the animals ... Kentucky received the animals that formed the foundation of its herd, now numbering 10,000 animals, in partnership ...

... a success rate of about 70% for the hunters...  202,952 deer were harvested in 2014. Of those, 93,506 were does, the harvest numbers show... They cite the fact that there was a large amount of activity related to the timber industry, back when the deer population was growing...  also says that coyote predation is playing a major part in the deer population and harvest numbers decline ...

Deer bill likely won't pass House May 14, 2015 South Carolina, Greenville News
...  a current bill that would impose limits on the number of deer that could be harvested in South Carolina has stalled in committee... The deer-hunting bill, S454, has the support of the state chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association and would provide for an annual limit of four bucks and four does per hunter...

New rule means $25,000 fine for introducing wildlife May 14, 2015 Hawaii, Hawaii News Now
... the state's land management officials drafted the law in response to axis deer that were put on the Big Island in 2009 by a local hunter and a Maui pilot...

Lorrimer Sanctuary seeks deer fence exemption May 14, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey
... asked the Borough Council to consider amending the borough’s fence ordinance to provide an exception for the Lorrimer Sanctuary, a 14-acre nature site in the borough, to permit the installation of a deer fence on its property.  A deer fence is usually made of flexible black plastic ...

... Humane Society ... will award $10,000 to the Oregon tipsters ... unlawful taking of an elk after an anonymous tip led to his arrest in connection with the illegal killing of an elk and three deer whose heads were removed and bodies dumped off Lake Creek Road in September 2014...

...  animals coming down from the hill looking for something to drink a  ... Diane Nichols has rescued and fed 122 baby deer at her farm in Placer County, California... 

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish evaluates bear and cougar rules May 13, 2015 Farmington Daily Times
... The department will host public meetings in Ruidoso, Silver City and Raton to solicit input, and comments can be submitted at wildlife.state.nm.us... "It's just devastated their deer herd to the point that I don't know if they'll ever come back in our lifetime," ... Ernie Current, the former president of the New Mexico Trappers Association ...
Roadkill doesn't just disappear... May 13, 2015 Ohio, Athens NEWS
... deer are the most common animal he picks up off the side of the road, but that he regularly picks up dogs, cats, coyotes, foxes and other smaller animals too ... rarer or more protected species' carcasses are picked up by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources... On rare occasion, the animals are still alive on the side of the road after being hit by a car...

Hunting groups press BLM to protect more backcountry May 13, 2015 Montana, Great Falls Tribune
...  the agency's final resource management plan for the Hi-Line District ... The groups want protections for more undeveloped land in northeastern Montana that support elk, pronghorn, mule deer ...backcountry that could be fragmented by energy production, new roads or power lines...

City defies DNR on deer law May 13, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... The Eau Claire City Council defied the state Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday by not repealing local urban bowhunting regulations... the council’s 5-3 vote was preceded with criticism that the state was “blackmailing” Eau Claire...

Hunters, wildlife finding fewer acres of CRP May 13, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review 
...  Higher prices for farm products in recent years resulted in acreage coming out of the federal Conservation Reserve Program and going under the plow... The number of acres in the federal CRP program, which pays farmers to idle croplands, fell from 3.5 million in 2007 to 1.7 million in 2014 ...

Farmers: Closing elk hunting would put farms, drivers at risk May 13, 2015 Virginia, The Southwest Times 
... In 2012, the game department re-established about 75 elk in Buchanan County ... Closing the elk season in the Blue Ridge would add those counties to the state’s Elk Management Area... The public can submit comments about the proposal to VDGIF before May 22 at dgif.virginia.gov ...

... Statewide deer populations have increased for the first time since 2005, and demand for deer licenses is strong. In 2014, 169,000 hunters applied for Colorado deer licenses. In 2015, 83,200 deer licenses will be available, about 400 more licenses than 2014. The predicted deer harvest from these license recommendations is 34,000, similar to annual harvests over the past four years...

Be careful, Bambi, at Bob Sikes May 12, 2015 Florida, The Northwest Florida Daily News
...  Bob Sikes Airport near Crestview ... action could include what’s daintily called “lethal deer removal operations.”  That means deer at the airport could be shot... blowing away Bambi will be the last resort. Good. Hurry up and install the fencing...

... Deer and elk breeders have sought the change in regulations, arguing their animals are livestock and the industry had dwindled under Wildlife Resources Commission oversight...

Deer farming changes debated May 12, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL.com
... Senate Bill 513, this year's omnibus Farm Bill ... One section of the bill would move the oversight of "captive cervid herds" – deer and elk farms – from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and would allow deer to be transferred between farms within the state...

More tags likely for Black Hills deer hunters May 12, 2015 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal
... The number of Black Hills deer licenses available to hunters had steadily declined since 2009... In 2014, only 12 percent of the deer killed with an any-whitetail tag in the Black Hills were female. Kanta said that number of female harvests is easy to overcome when a population ... Lower predation ... "Obviously we have been harvesting a lot of mountain lions in the past few years ...

Plenty happening at Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference May 12, 2015 Michigan, Appleton Post Crescent
... (in the Upper Peninsula)  coyotes were a top predator of adult deer (after human mortalities) at 27%. Other natural causes followed at 20%, wolves 18%, with bear and bobcats rounding out the deer kill. In a fawn study, coyotes accounted for 300 kills compared to 12 known wolf kills...

... “Many of the same struggles you’re now seeing in whitetails are the same problems we were documenting in mule deer when I started my career in the late 1970s,” ... Miles Moretti, president/CEO of the MDF [Mule Deer Foundation] ... One challenge documented across the Upper Midwest from the Dakotas through Wisconsin in recent years is a huge habitat loss ...

Best seeds to plant for summer food plots May 11, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Dail
... The three best choices for summer annuals according to food plot experts with the Quality Deer Management Association are cowpeas, soybeans and lablab... Plant these seeds ½ to 1 inch deep, after making sure the pH level is adequate (6.0 or higher) and adding a fertilizer such as 5-10-10 or similar...

DNR doesn't back high-powered rifles for deer hunting May 11, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Wildlife officials at the Department of Natural Resources are recommending against the proposal, saying the deep rift it caused among hunters has proven too contentious ...

'14 deer harvest down in Cattaraugus Co., up in Allegany Co. May 11, 2015 New York, Olean Times Herald
...  3,789 bucks were included in the total take of 7,777 deer in Cattaraugus County, down from 4,004 bucks and a total take of 8,248 in 2013. That’s a decline of 471 deer, including 215 fewer bucks...  “A lot of deer management units have been below the objective...

Deer harvest continues to decline May 10, 2015 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
...  The recently released 2014 harvest statistics show another 4.4 percent drop in last season’s deer kill...  down nearly 12 percent over the past two years... the DNR reassures deer hunters that the decline in deer harvest was by design...

Hunters saw decline in deer harvest in 2014 May 10, 2015 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
... The 2014 statewide harvest of 238,772 deer marked a 2.0 percent drop from the 2013 take of 243,567 deer.  Still, this past season’s kill ranked higher than the previous five-year-average of 233,556 deer. Of the 2014 harvest, 108,604 or 45.5 percent were bucks, and 130,068 or 54.5 percent were antlerless deer...

TFWC proposes change in buck limit
 May 10, 2015 Tennessee, The Daily Times
... the 2014-2015 deer harvest, making these points: The final deer harvest was again in the 165,000 range. Analysis indicates that it had the state’s lowest percentage of 1.5-year-old bucks harvested at 36 percent; and almost two-thirds of the bucks were 2.5 years or older. The size of last year’s harvest and its high percentage of mature bucks are good indications of a healthy deer herd...

Winter mortality low for Pa. deer, not so elsewhere May 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The harsh winter’s impact on white-tailed deer has led wildlife management officials in several northern states to consider deep cuts in hunting permits...  One unnamed member of the Board of Game Commissioners recently told the Associated Press the harsh winter weather factored into his decision to vote for trimming doe tags...

SC deer harvest declines by 9% May 10, 2015 South Carolina, The Tand D.com
... the statewide harvest of deer last season decreased about 9 percent.  An estimated 109,446 bucks and 93,506 does made up a total harvest of 202,952 ... Although timber-management activities stimulated the growth in South Carolina's deer population in the 1980s and '90s, considerable acreage is currently in even-aged pine stands that are greater than 10 years old, a situation that does not support deer densities ...

...  Dr. Robert McFarlane, a Palestine cardiologist... was honored as this year’s Texas Leopold Conservation Award winner for his efforts in creating The BigWoods on the Trinity, a 7,500-acre ranch that has been transformed from cattle land to a wildlife sanctuary for both game and non-game species...

Winter provided a reprieve to wild animals May 9, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The average Winter Severity Index at 33 stations in the northern part of the state was 49, or mild, for the monitoring period that ended April 30.  In 2013-'14, the same stations reported an average of 149, or very severe... Reports of deer fawns being born were received last week from several sites ...

Wisconsin Conservation Congress could use wakeup call May 9, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Attendance averaged 6,575 in the 1970s, 5,737 in the 1980s, 7,783 in the 1990s, and 7,081 in the 2000s. At the current 5,588, this decade is lagging the 1990s average by 28 percent ...

New alliance aims to ensure future of deer May 9, 2015 Kentucky, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
...  About 250 hunters, landowners, wildlife biologists and university researchers met Wednesday through Friday to help launch the National Deer Alliance (nationaldeeralliance.com), an organization they hope will ensure the future of U.S. deer herds by making them relevant and valuable to all Americans...
... Captive Deer Industry:  1. Advocate to ensure deer are classified as wildlife and not livestock.  2. Encourage elected officials to pay more attention to science-based information. 3. Advocate/partner for more funding, re: disease research ...




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Deer in the News

If you care, leave them there May 21, 2015 Georgia, Daily Bulldog 
... “Well-meaning people sometimes take in young wildlife in the mistaken belief that they have been abandoned,” ... A deer may leave its fawn hidden in the leaves on the forest floor if it’s too young to come along to forage for food...

... The little lost fawn attached itself to the gentle German Shepard because it believed in the words of Iris’s owner Adrian Flores, that the seven-month-old cuddly canine was actually its mother... the Disney deer and the delightful dog are completely relaxed and carefree in one another’s company ...

German Shepherd Returns From The Woods With Something Straight Out Of A Walt Disney Film May 20, 2015 North Carolina, The Inquisitr ... The little lost fawn attached itself to the gentle German Shepard because it believed in the words of Iris’s owner Adrian Flores, that the seven-month-old cuddly canine was actually its mother... the Disney deer and the delightful dog are completely relaxed and carefree in one another’s company ...



Fort Worth man turns antlers into knives May 15, 2015 Texas, Dallas News
... “We lived so far out in the country that they had to pump the sunshine in. We did it out of necessity,” ... He made deer antler knives, using mostly vintage American steel blades.  His knives are like beautiful works of art...

Antler-seeking dog hits the jackpot May 15, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR
... DeeDee and her master, Parker Uhlman, found three antlers that were shed recently.  One is so big that Uhlman thinks it may be a record-setter ... 

Misunderstanding about Deer May 14, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey
...  the truth is that white-tailed deer is a keystone herbivore that has, very successfully, co-evolved with forests for 3.4-3.9 million years. Deer are an important factor in creating, and sustaining, natural diversity, including through seed dispersal...

Deer teaches a lesson May 13, 2015 Virginia, The Roanoke Times
... I first spotted her last fall ... a lame deer.  She'd never make it through the winter... a couple of weeks ago ... it was her.  Eating my phlox ... balanced on three legs ... I hope to see her again ... 

Who Needs a Dog When You Have a Deer? May 13, 2015 Oregon, Wandering through Time and Place
... We don’t have a clue why a pregnant doe showed up on the back porch last week at our home in southern Oregon. But there she was, curled up, resting on the cement, and behaving like a dog, a very big dog. She looked up as if to say, “You wouldn’t make a pregnant lady leave, would you?” ...

Bright Blooms — Prehistoric Supermarket May 13, 2015 Texas, Desertexposure 
... As the Ice Age drew to a close ... n southern New Mexico and western Texas ... They saw the megafauna dwindle into extinction, to be replaced by new communities of smaller animals – for example, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep ...

... The vampire deer is actually a nickname for different varieties of the musk deer... Only the male deer in this family have fangs and they're used to compete for mates. Once thought extinct, researchers recently found a lone Kashmir musk deer in northeastern Afghanistan last November for the first time in 60 years...


Finding deer antlers is W.Va. man’s wintertime hobby May 10, 2015 West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette 
... Buck deer shed their bony headgear shortly after the mating season ends... This year was his best ever. He found 35 antlers, most of them in March and April...

What nature can teach us about motherhood May 9, 2015 May 9, 2015 Texas, Dallas Morning News
... The doe jumped the four-strand barbed-wire fence that separated private property from highway right-of-way. The fawn tried to follow, but its left rear leg came down between the top two strands of wire, which immediately kinked around the deer’s leg.  It’s not uncommon to see the remains of deer hanging in fences...

... Bucks are beginning to grow their antlers back, does will be having fawns soon, and the deer are often in family groups.  It is fun to watch the progression of a buck's antler growth from spring, and on throughout the summer...

Oh deer! A warning for NE Ohio drivers May 5, 2015 Ohio, 19 Action News
... white-tailed deer movement is expected to rise in May and June. ... "As white-tailed does are preparing to give birth to fawns, their year-old offspring are scattering to find their own territories, sometimes entering areas they wouldn't normally," ... 

... Animal rights activists say they're ready to take matters into their own hands after New Jersey Fish and Wildlife officers failed for six months to tranquilize a deer that has an arrow lodged just above its nose...

What should I do if I see an injured deer or fawn?  May 2, 2015 Washington, Bellingham Herald
... In many cases, deer with injured, even broken, legs can and will self-heal and function on their own... If fawns are seen curled up next to something, especially in long grass, and if they are breathing normally they are most likely just fine. Mother deer will leave fawns ...



What to do if you find an injured or baby animal  April 30, 2015 Indiana, WSBT 22
... The best way to make sure an animal is truly orphaned is to leave it be, except to check it periodically. If you are still unsure if it’s been abandoned, place some strings or sticks across the nest. Place grass across a rabbit nest that has young in it. If such items are later disturbed, the mother has probably returned, and you should leave the young animal alone...

Dog Goes After Deer in Attack Caught on Camera April 30, 2015 Connecticut, NBC Connecticut 
... Video of a dog attacking a deer is outraging some hunters and animal lovers alike... The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters obtained a clip where you can hear and see a dog attacking a wounded deer, seemingly at the command of the off-duty officer...

... In the video, videographer Jim Person thought his two dogs were going to chase away a deer. Instead, the deer made it’s way up toward their house, allowing the family to pet it. See the video (about 3 million views)

Herd of deer seen swimming on Lake Winnipesaukee April 26, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR 
... deer are moving from one of the many local islands to 'greener pastures' on the mainland, where spring food and birthing cover better meets their spring biological and social needs ...  the deer swam about a half mile between islands... They’ve been known to swim miles from shore on the ocean and in large lakes ...

All God's creatures:: Deer drops by church for Easter service April 24, 2015 South Carolina, Times and Democrat 
... Easter Sunday services were about to begin at Orangeburg's First Baptist Church when a stranger walked up the front steps ... It was the first time First Baptist had been visited by a deer, but the four-legged worshiper seemed to feel at home there ...

... the Animal Protection and Rescue League OC carried signs in front of the District Attorney’s office calling for the two animal control officers to be criminally indicted.  “What they did was felony animal cruelty,” said Dina Kourda, chairwoman of the national group’s Orange County chapter...

Deer rescued from ice in St. Albans, but doomed April 16, 2015 Maine, Centralmaine
... Hours after several people saw firefighters rescue a small deer stuck on thin ice in the middle of Weymouth Pond, the animal was killed by a game warden who saw it suffering and deemed it unlikely to survive...

... Aside from being deceased, none of the deer lying across the tracks appeared to have suffered any physical injuries; no gunshot or arrow wounds were observed...

Oh deer — a look at the Milwaukee Bucks new logo April 14, 2015 Wisconsin, Sporting News 
... A change such as this is always accompanied by marketing-speak, but the really significant thing here is the fact that team has cribbed Alice Cooper’s famous explanation of Milwaukee’s name from the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World.” ...

Kids learn about deer at Youth Antler Hunt April 13, 2015 Illinois, Pantagraph
... Fifty-six children participated in the first-ever antler hunt, the first sponsored by the association to raise awareness about nature and white-tailed deer herds. The antlers, which are shed over the fall and winter ...



... Two dogs are believed to have gotten into the area and chased the deer until they died. Two deer also escaped the enclosure...

Don't adopt a 'lost' fawn, it's illegal and likely not abandoned April 12, 2015 South Carolina, The Times and Democrat
... "It’s part of nature’s plan for a doe deer to leave her fawn or fawns alone for their first few weeks of life," Ruth said. "The reason for this unusual maternal action is that the fawn at this age is better protected away from the doe. The presence of the doe nearby would attract predators ...

Meet the New State Mammal April 12, 2015 Georgia, Patch
... Recently, the white-tailed deer have been honored as the official state mammal by the Georgia General Assembly... a group of Boy Scouts made the gray fox proposal. Enter in the state Department of Natural Resources which “convinced” the boys and eventually the Georgia General Assembly to change the recognition to the white-tailed deer...

...  Sadly for the poor deer, the video ends with the deer still trapped inside the neighborhood maze of yards. Hopefully the man filming the creature’s failed attempt to escape went outside and opened a gate...

Moose spotted around Western Nebraska April 10, 2015 Nebraska, PerfScience
... the latest recorded sighting of the moose was in Morrill County in Nebraska.  What makes the moose sighting in the area rare is that moose typically prefer habitats with cooler climate...

DNR encourages public to enjoy springtime baby animal sightings, but remember to leave wildlife in the wild April 9, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
...The animals most commonly rescued by well-intentioned citizens include white-tailed deer fawns and raccoons... “Fawns rely on their camouflage coat to protect them from predators, while their mother stays off in the distance,” Vaughn added.  “The mother will not return if people or dogs are present.  It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected from nearby predators...

Two Watkinsville men cited for killing deer out of season April 1, 2015 Georgia, Oconee Enterprise
... Cavorting with cows in the urban pasture on Simonton Bridge Road, a buck sporting 10 velvety points attracted no small amount of interest last summer... When he was shot illegally in July, the outrage was immediate against the unnamed perpetrators...


Dead deer found on third-floor apartment porch at Davidson March 31, 2015 North Carolina, WSOC-TV 
... Martin Court, and then across campus another student found what appeared to be blood inside the elevator of Belk Residence Hall...

Dwayne Johnson Kicks Ass as 'Bambi' in This Hilarious 'SNL' Spoof March 30, 2015 Moviefone
... Johnson, who hosted "SNL" for the fourth time, starred as the titular baby deer, whose image was remade as a cigar-chomping vigilante with an axe to grind against the hunters who murdered his mother...