Deer Management News This Week

... The sample was collected from a white-tailed buck that appeared symptomatic and was removed inside city limits near the site of the first detection...

... Mule deer populations around the West are down — 31 percent since 1991 ... some studies show that if you kill off a lot of coyotes, they breed even more.  "Oftentimes, coyote control programs have been implemented, and in some, or many, instances the effects were negligible," ...

Deer chronic wasting disease spread making biologists and lawmakers wary June 14, 2019 North Carolina, northcarolinahealthnews.org
...  has not yet been detected in North Carolina ... According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, modeling shows big declines, or even localized extinction of affected animals, over a period of 50 to 200 years following the arrival of the disease...

Idaho proposes changes to hunting rules June 14, 2019 Lewiston Morning Tribune
...The rule would give the commission authority to limit the number of nonresident deer and elk tags issued in general season hunts to no less than 10 percent of the number of resident tags without necessarily limiting tags available to resident hunters...

The West's worst fires aren't burning in forests June 13, 2019 Nevada, High Country News
... Historically, sagebrush habitat burned about once every century or less, but now it happens around every five to 10 years ... If sagebrush decline continues, the approximately 350 species that depend on it are in serious trouble... The fires also harm watersheds, cause erosion and destroy wildlife corridors used by pronghorn antelope, mule deer and elk...

WV's environmental bounceback has been great for fish and wildlife June 12, 2019 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail
...  in 1968, the statewide overall deer harvest was 10,547,” Johansen said. “Last year, it was 108,856. We were able to expand the deer population from that low number by cutting back on the harvest of antlerless deer... “Our bear population back in the mid-to-late 1970s was about 500,” he continued. “Now we estimate it's between 12,000 and 14,000.”..,

... FLIR surveys had greater detection probabilities relative to spotlight surveys and required less effort to achieve sufficient precision. Jacobson camera surveys appeared to overestimate Deer density and provided no measures of precision. The N-mixture model camera surveys provided sufficient precision and generated point estimate and detection probabilities similar to FLIR surveys. Camera surveys were costlier and more labor intensive relative to road-based surveys. We recommend road-based distance sampling using FLIR technology ...

... A detailed cost breakdown of the three-year program obtained by the Advance showed that just 7.6 percent of the $4.1 million program went toward supplies to sterilize the borough’s bucks and bait to lure them.  The rest of the $3.7 million in funding for the program was used to pay senior scientists, wildlife biologists and technicians ...  city’s search for a new deer vasectomy contractor ...

Explore Research at the University of Florida: Samantha Wisely, a biologist in the department of wildlife ecology and conservation at the University of Florida, explains her research to discover new pathogens and develop new vaccines for white-tailed deer in the state. She hopes to aid deer farmers in Florida by preventing diseases in farmed trophy deer in the near future. - June 12, 2019 Florida


Fish and Game releases winter survival rates for elk, deer June 11, 2019 Idaho, KTVB
... just 42 percent of radio-collared mule deer fawns made it through the winter, well below the average survival rate of 58 percent. Fish and Game officers say February's significant snowstorms, followed by a cool and wet spring, contributed to the number of deaths...

... Data collected during track surveys this past winter reveal an overwinter minimum wolf count of 914-978 wolves, similar to the 905-944 wolves detected during the 2017-2018 count..,

CWD panel won't consider closing elk feedgrounds June 11, 2019 Wyoming, WyoFile
... Instead, Game and Fish is considering forming a separate, more localized group that would address elk feedgrounds. That would occur “after this [statewide] process,”... The agency recognizes feedgrounds “will likely exacerbate the disease problem,” because they concentrate animals artificially to the point diseases can be transmitted more easily...

In this first part of a two-part show, I talk with Chad Stewart and Kelly Straka of the Michigan DNR about wildlife management in the beautiful state of Michigan. Their jobs are challenged by the diversity of habitats in the state as well as the threats of chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis. - June 11, 2019 Michigan


Oregon bill aims to reduce wildlife collisions June 10, 2019 The News Guard
... Around 55,000 deer and elk have been hit by cars since ODOT began tracking data in 2010.  House Bill 2834 requires the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to map wildlife corridors and work with ODOT and other state agencies to protect them, for example, by incorporating wildlife crossings in new development projects...

... All proceeds from enhancement hunts are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management projects in New Mexico for the species raffled...

... led by Professor Glenn Telling, have developed a new gene-targeted approach to study chronic wasting disease in mice, allowing opportunities for research that has not previously existed... The study was published May 29 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

... “there’s been an increasing recognition that elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and other species need to migrate in the interest of saving biodiversity.” ...  the economic data indicates [the crossings] basically pay for themselves if you put them in the right places.” ...

Federal agency taking comments on predator killing in Idaho June 10, 2019 Idaho, Washington Times
... A plan to kill wolves and other predators that attack livestock, deer and elk in Idaho is the subject of an environmental study that will include public comment ...

... the former pits are filled with toxins and are not safe for visitors to use for recreational purposes... a tributary that reroutes acid mine drainage through a limestone filter...

New Hampshire 2018 Deer Harvest June 8, 2019 New Hampshire, Lowell Sun
... New Hampshire's 2018 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 14,113 deer. The adult (antlered) buck kill of 8,029 deer was the largest number documented in the state since record keeping began in 1922..,  

Kansas Resident Deer Hunter Fees  June 7, 2019 ksoutdoors.com
... General Resident: $52.50,  Landowner/Tenant: $32.50,  Youth (15 or younger): $22.50,  Preference point only: $11.50

... House Bill 2834 requires the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to map wildlife corridors and work with ODOT and other state agencies to protect them, for example, by incorporating wildlife crossings in new development projects... An underpass near Central Oregon’s Lava Butte reduced vehicle-deer collisions by 85% ...

... House Bill 2834 requires the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to map wildlife corridors and work with ODOT and other state agencies to protect them, for example, by incorporating wildlife crossings in new development projects... An underpass near Central Oregon’s Lava Butte reduced vehicle-deer collisions by 85% ...

Younger bucks might be in the cross-hairs June 7, 2019 Oregon, Mail Tribune
...  proposed expansion from forked-horned to any buck with a visible antler ... “They’re kind of young and dumb, so they might be easier targets, especially for people getting into hunting and youth hunters...

Hunting, fishing remain economic powerhouses in ND June 7, 2019 North Dakota, Jamestown Sun
... There were 49,000 fewer resident and nonresident firearm deer in the state in 2017-18 compared to 2011-12, for example. So hunter expenditures adjusted for inflation decreased by $52.7 million (22 percent)...

Deer Baiting Debated June 7, 2016 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... Legislation to allow deer baiting drew strong opposition from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Maine Professional Guides Association, and Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, pretty much guaranteeing it will be defeated ...

RI hunting preserves could spread disease and environmental destruction June 7, 2019 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal
...  House bill, H5849, would allow hunting preserves of 500 acres or larger to import non-native elk, deer, or other animals into Rhode Island for hunting purposes ... the importation of deer and elk could introduce chronic wasting disease, a disease that has not yet been found in Rhode Island deer populations...

... "Deer in the Mid-Atlantic region have a higher proportion of the genotypes most susceptible to CWD than deer populations to the west that have been tested in other states," ... published today in BMC Genetics ...

Idaho's proposed Mule Dee rPlan for 2019 is out for review and public can comment. Matt Pieron,, Idaho Fish and Game Mule Deer Initiative Coordinator, explains the process in developing the plan and notable changes. - June 6, 2019


... Every year, more than 6,000 deer, pronghorn, elk and moose are reportedly hit by vehicles on Wyoming’s roads... The best solution is over- and underpasses, Riginos said.  They are more than 80 percent effective in reducing collisions,” ... more than a dozen underpasses and two overpasses already built in the state ...

... There are places in the state that have up to 60 percent prevalence in deer herds... CWD is predominantly here in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It’s starting to move up toward the Big Horn Basin, the Black Hills, and only a few confirmed cases in western Wyoming ...

... The proposal calls for creating three 1-plus acre deer exclosures around Southold's town preserves to keep deer away and protect some of the native plants there that are often eaten by deer...

Virginia's deer herd has been restored to numbers not seen since colonial days. Norm Hyde with the Virginia Farm Bureau reports the challenge now is striking a balance for an ideal herd size. That's why the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has updated its deer management plan. For more, go to www.vafb.com - June 4, 2019


... “Our research shows it is highly unlikely that the spread of CWD to some new areas of the state is from the natural movement of deer ... We have found some new cases of CWD more than 60 miles from any other known cases... we do know that deer rarely travel that far on their own. That leaves people as the most likely way the disease is spreading that far.” ...

... About half (49 to 53 percent) of 3+ year residents city-wide said they considered a decline in native animal species, damage to landscape and garden plants, and transmission of diseases to humans or animals to be at least a “minor problem,” with 19 to 26 percent calling each a “serious problem.”  ...

Dr. James Kroll speaks at the Alabama Deer Association meeting setting the record straight on CWD. - June 4, 2019


Any-deer permits by district June 3, 2019 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... The winter of 2018-19 was mild to moderate in central, southern, and coastal Maine and severe to very severe in northern Maine and the western mountains. This resulted in average to above-average estimated survival rates in central, southern, and coastal Maine and below-average survival rates in northern and western Maine..,

Forest restoration, wildfire, and habitat selection by female mule deer  New Mexico, TM Roerick, JW Cain III, JV Gedir - Forest Ecology and Management, 2019
... 
Historical forest management actions contributed to degraded habitat for mule deer.
 ... 
Decades of fire suppression, logging, and overgrazing have led to increased densities of small diameter trees which have been associated with decreases in biodiversity, reduced habitat quality for wildlife species, degraded foraging conditions for ungulates, and more frequent and severe wildfires... 

J Bian, JR Christiansen, JA Moreno, SJ Kane… - Proceedings of the Nationl Academy of Science, 2019
... Because prion strain properties largely dictate host-range potential, our findings suggest that prion strains from elk and deer pose distinct risks to sympatric species or humans exposed to CWD. GtE226 and GtQ226 mice were also highly susceptible to CWD prions ...

Volunteers sought to assess deer impact on vegetation June 3, 2019 Minnesota, Lillie News
...  “We have surprisingly little information available statewide that determines deer impacts to vegetation,” said Matt Russell, extension forest resources specialist and university assistant professor...

... Over the past four years, 381 total samples tested positive in Newton County, 76 in Carroll and 70 in Boone...

MDC seeking comments on changes to landowner permits June 2, 2019 Missouri, Lakenewsonline.com
...  adjusting acreage requirements for its definition of resident landowners from 5 to 20 acres...  implementation of a landowner registry ... discounted deer and turkey hunting permits for nonresident landowners with 75 acres or more ...

Game Commission audit 'disgusts' hunters June 2, 2019 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror-10 hours ago
... the Game Commission failed to make sure that energy companies paid what they owed in royalties ... sat on a huge and growing pile of cash — $73 million in 2018 ... auditors found $6.5 million more in various escrow accounts, which the commission’s financial officer didn’t have knowledge of ...






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Deer in the News

Pebbles Celebrates 20th Birthday at Double Diamond Deer Ranch June 11, 2019 Pennsylvania, Blue Ridge Outdoors
... This is only achieved in captivity and it has not happened very often. This makes it possible that Pebbles is the oldest surviving whitetail in Pennsylvania. Pebbles, born in June of 1999, is a piebald whitetail ...


Oh Deer! Humane Society Says Resident Meant Well June 10, 2019 Wisconsin, Patch
... a local resident meant well when he brought a newborn fawn into HAWS ... staff took the fawn back to the location it was found, and it was reunited with it's mother...

“...This exhausted deer made it to land. Talk about determination or was it disorientation??? It’s not uncommon to find deer swimming, but to cross our inlet with current that can kill and has, is a feat most would opt to avoid.” ...

Fawn rescued from floodwaters in Caldwell County June 9, 2019 North Carolina, WCNC
...  As the waters were rising at the Rhodhiss Dam in Caldwell County, two men risked their lives to save a deer trapped by the flooding...

...  the fawn marooned in water that was at least four feet deep...the wildlife in this rural area is trying to find any dry spots it can...

Deer Relocated After Getting Stuck in Pittsfield's Downtown  June 6, 2019 Massachusetts, Iberkshires
... MassWildlife tranquilized the deer and the Massachusetts Environmental Police transported it out of the city's downtown core. The deer is expected to survive...

Funniest thing I have ever seen. Right by our houseboat, a deer fawn chased this goose. Note that it took me a while to get the camera running, this had already gone on for a few minutes before. - June 5, 2019


Deer run with man jogging through metro Detroit, following him for half mile June 2, 2019 Michigan, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
... He sent the video to a local news station, telling WXYZ-TV that the deer kept up with him for at least a half mile...


... one was from a doe who got hit by a car. When the deer hit the ground she did not survive and the impact broke her stomach open. Three fawns popped out. Two of them were dead, but one was thrown a short distance away and was still alive. - OrphanedWildlife.org, New York, June 3, 2019


... A rare albino fawn was found by a trucker in Woodland and is being cared for by Diane Nicholas, founder of the Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis ...

... In nature, the mother deer gives birth and for the next five to seven days, the fawn is incapable of following the mother, so it is natural for the fawn to lie in a curled ‘freeze’ position on the ground hidden in grass or sparse brush... after seven to 10 days, the fawn may run when approached and after a month will be able to follow and feed alongside the mother...


...  a pregnant doe darted into traffic was struck by a passing vehicle.  ... delivered the fragile baby from its dying mother, performed CPR, and helped it find a home...

... a Snapchat video allegedly showing a 19-year-old Allegany County woman and a 16-year-old girl hitting a deer with their car and then throwing bottles the the deer ...

  Rare black deer spotted in northern Michigan May 30, 2019 MIchigan, WBTV
... Black deer, also known as melanistic, are considered the “rarest of rare,” according to the North American Whitetail website...

Scientists have found that while tigers appear bright orange to humans, their main prey, deer, see them as green.
... Scientists have found that while tigers appear bright orange to humans, their main prey, deer, see them as green...

... Callers report finding an “abandoned” fawn in an unusual place, like a flowerbed or small patch of cover. Rest assured this is normal deer behavior.  “The doe searches out an isolated location where she feels safe and on occasion those places are not what we may think of as ideal..,