Deer Management News This Week

Hunters Harvest 89 Elk in 2019 General Season November 12, 2019 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Ninety-eight hunters took part in Pennsylvania’s 2019 one-week general elk hunt ... To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 40,000 applicants...

Misinformation widespread about chronic wasting disease in deer management November 12, 2019 Pennsylvania, Penn Live on MSN.com
... CWD was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2012, on a captive deer farm in Adams County... Although mandatory sampling is an option under a new Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan proposed by the commission, testing is not currently required.  However, warnings about eating venison from deer with CWD have grown more dire as more instances of the disease have been discovered ...

... the statewide bag limit is six deer with only one Buck allowed. There are also restrictions on the types of weapons ...

...  only 7% of elk permits were approved this year ... “We issued the 50 this time, because we got a demand from a senator that we needed to respond immediately to really severe damage occurring,’’ ...

Fewer Yellowstone wolves equals no wolf-on-wolf deaths November 11, 2019 East Idaho News
... “Project staff detected 151 kills that were definitely, probably, or possibly made by wolves in 2018: 95 elk (62.9%), 25 bison (16.6%), 11 mule deer (7.3%), 3 deer of unknown species (2.0%), 2 coyotes (3.0%), 2 pronghorn (1.3%), 1 grizzly bear (0.6%), 1 mountain lion (0.6%), and 11 unidentified animals (7.3%). The composition of wolf-killed elk was: 22.1% calves, 6.3% yearlings, 22.1% adult females, 37.9% adult males, 3.2% adults of unknown sex, and 8.4% of unknown sex and age.” ...

State Park Sites Scheduled To Close For Deer Hunts November 11, 2019 Indiana, Northeast Indiana Public Radio
... “You can never really stop the deer hunts permanently," Sipes says. "You can’t bring the population down and then call it fixed and stop because at that point, in just a year or two, the population will climb pretty quickly.”...

Captive Meade Co. elk herd tests positive for CWD November 11, 2019 South Dakota, Black Hills Pioneer
... A small captive Meade County elk herd had two of its members test positive for chronic wasting disease and subsequently, the entire herd has been destroyed...

11 area counties part of Missouri's mandatory CWD deer testing this weekend November 11, 2019 Missouri, KY3
... present your harvested deer to be checked for CWD at a sampling station ... Chronic Wasting Disease can wipe out large deer populations  ... "We can't find this disease without the cooperation of the hunters," ... The Mo. Dept. of Conservation estimates there are over a million deer in the state and they've sampled about 100,000 since 2002... 

... in Michigan and nationwide, hunting is on the decline. In the 1970s, ’80s and into the ’90s, Michigan had as many as 1.2 million hunters. By 2018, fewer than 675,000 individuals had at least one hunting license...Hunting and fishing fees account for more than 90% of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ $42 million wildlife conservation budget...

Hunting limited in Colorado, Western US states after tough winter November 11, 2019 Wyoming, Stock Daily Dish
... unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall that blanketed much of the Western U.S. last winter killed off many young deer... In one remote part of Wyoming‘s backcountry where peaks soar to 11,000 feet (3,300 meters), state wildlife managers documented the loss of all fawns they had been monitoring in a mule deer herd...  

Deer near Clark, Wyoming, test positive for CWD November 11, 2019 Billings Gazette
... Several deer killed north and northeast of Clark, Wyoming, in the Badger Basin and Big Sand Coulee areas south of the Montana border have tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

... Our hunter-gatherer ancestors caused the widespread demise of the large herbivores around leading to a “downgrading” of ecosystems. As the grazers were no longer around to keep woody vegetation in check, trees got the upper hand over grasses and forests became the dominant vegetation ... Today, the realisation that biodiversity policy has been protecting the ecological impacts of historic extinctions ...

... “Even though the pinyon-juniper does provide a bit of value to wildlife," said Daniel Eddington, the habitat conservation coordinator for the division, "that sagebrush grass and forb community provides a lot of habitat for mule deer that are wintering...

... Most of the CWD-positive deer have been hunter-harvested deer with no outward signs of CWD... The most common is just abnormal behavior.  They don’t act right, because it’s a disease of the central nervous system... the Center for Disease Control recommends that hunters who harvest deer in areas with CWD should have the deer tested ...

Winona culls deer park herd November 11, 2019 Minnesota, Winona Post
... In an admittedly contentious decision, the City Council voted in August to close the deer park. Council members Paul Schollmeier and Pam Eyden argued it is only a matter of time before CWD reaches the deer park. If the park were infected, the land would have to be quarantined for five years — leaving it unusable as a city park...

The demographic pattern of infection with chronic wasting disease in reindeer at an early epidemic stage A Mysterud, K Madslien, H Viljugrein, T Vikøren… - Ecosphere, 2019 Norway
... We found a strong sex-biased infection pattern in reindeer (with infection 2.7 times more likely in adult males), which is similar to the results reported in mule deer and white-tailed
deer. The hazard of being detected as positive increased with age in males. There was no close genetic relatedness among positive animals. The results were consistent with the within-group contact of males being a possible major route of transmission...

Among dominant bucks, yearlings dominate the population  November 10, 2019 Maine, Kennebec Journal
... Yearlings account for nearly 50 percent of the state's annual buck harvest, in part because of their impetuous behavior ... Before implementing mandatory antler restrictions, Pennsylvania’s annual buck kill consisted of 85 percent yearlings. It now averages around 43 percent... roughly 70 percent of yearling bucks leave their home range and strike out for parts unknown...

Accidents involving deer on the rise in Kansas November 10, 2019 Wichita Eagle
... An increase in the deer population is one reason for the 10-year high of deer-related crashes ... An outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease dwindled the population in eastern Kansas starting in 2008. He said the disease, also called Bluetongue, killed off deer until 2013 ..,

Baiting ban shrouded in confusion, debate November 9, 2019 Michigan, Escanaba Daily Press
... “The reality is, these baiting and feeding bans are put in to place to begin to reduce the transmission of the disease,” Sexton said. “The department certainly doesn’t think that we will eliminate chronic wasting disease by doing a baiting and feeding ban, but the intent is to slow down the transmission of the disease — and this is something we can control.”...

... Hunters killed about 58,000 deer statewide last year, below the highs of the mid-to-late 2000s. In 2008, the harvest eclipsed 80,000.  Meduna expects numbers this year to be comparable to last year, with higher totals in the Frenchman and Loup East deer management units..,

Modern gun deer season hits state November 9, 2019 Arkansas, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
... "Opening weekend of modern gun deer season in Arkansas is a historical event," Meeker said. "We will harvest between 35,000 and 40,000 deer on Saturday and Sunday. That's a pretty significant percentage of our total deer harvest, which we expect will be over 200,000."  Hunters checked 210,065 deer during the 2018-19 deer seasons. Of that total, 156,843, or 74.7%, were killed during the modern gun season...

... “Connectivity is the key to protecting and restoring wildlife and their habitat. The elk, mule deer ... and other wildlife that call the Upper Rio Grande Watershed home need protected migration corridors to thrive... The Carson National Forest’s draft management plan includes key protections for the Valle Vidal and San Antonio Management Areas ...

... The Federal Subsistence Board had halved the bag limit for non-subsistence hunters ... rejected proposals that would have banned hunting doe on Prince of Wales Island. Proponents say a ban would help the population rebound...

... "We've experienced something like a 15 percent decline in resident hunters over the past five years. We're seeing a lower participation by youth, the average age of our hunters is increasing."...

.... At least three possible mountain lion sightings this fall in the Delta Junction area are raising questions about whether the reclusive cats are following deer north into Interior Alaska... Alaska isn’t cougar-free. One was shot in the Wrangell area of Southeast Alaska in the late 1980s. A wolf trapper reportedly snared a mountain lion on South Kupreanof Island in 1998..,

... Minnesota DNR is reporting the deer population will be similar to 2018 ... "Because of the tough winter we had last year I think the population is down some," ... It seems that the deer population still has not recovered since the winter of 2014 ..,

... a population of about 5.4 million and a growth rate of 3.8 percent annually, it is pretty clear that Texas has a vibrant white-tailed deer  ... "There are certainly areas where the deer population could be reduced, part of the Hill Country for example, but in other areas harvest is acceptable with the deer population. Overall, I’d say we are doing good with the deer population in Texas.”  [Alan Cain, TPWD deer program leader] ..,

Early conservation helped deer populations soar November 8, 2019 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader 
... 1889 legislative action that limited deer hunting in Missouri to a bucks-only ... In 1925, a survey showed Missouri’s whitetail population had dwindled to 395 deer in 23 counties. That same year, the legislature closed deer hunting in the state... a 1944 survey that placed the state’s deer numbers at 15,000... Does became legal to harvest in 1951 ..,

Deer movement in the Upper Peninsula November 8, 2019 MIchigan, The Post
... From the 190 deer collared in 2018, and the 97 collared in 2019, the researchers ... observed spring migratory movements of up to 48 miles–demonstrating that deer move from these deer wintering complexes across vast areas... also observed some mixing of deer from different wintering complexes on their summer range.   “Together, these observations suggest that there would be a risk of transmitting CWD across very large areas because of the migratory movements,”  ...

Cautious Optimism on CWD November 8, 2019 Drovers Magazine
... researchers studying CWD and other prion diseases say it is time for a national strategy for the long-term health of wild and captive cervids, reduced risk of disease in livestock, and ultimately, to protect public health... 

2019 Hunting Harvest Looks Good November 8, 2019 Minnesota, HeraldReview
... Rusch’s office is forecasting a deer population that is rebounding from the severe winters of 2013 and 2014 and is now on the low end of established population goals for Deer Permit Areas (DPA) in Northern St. Louis and Lake Counties.  However, wildlife managers are reporting the deer herd is on the lower end of established population goals in most permit areas ..,

CWD, Searching for fatal disease, Game and Fish pleads for deer samples November 7, 2019 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
... The department is prioritizing 2-year-old or older mule deer bucks. They still want samples from does, and even white-tailed deer are on their sample list ...  for the area’s mule deer herds.  “We feel like were seeing quite a few fawns this year... If we can get a mild winter, we might get a population increase for the first time in five years.”..,

... “Scientifically [ovariectomies] have been very effective, but in New Jersey politically, it’s very difficult because of the NJDEP [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection] Division of Fish and Wildlife and their reluctance to give out these permits [for surgical sterilizations],” ...

Why 17 Indiana State Parks will close for controlled deer hunts November 7, 2019 Indianapolis Star on MSN.com
... The organized hunts began in 1993. Last year, selected hunters killed 1,302 deer during controlled hunts. Since the deer reductions began in 1993, over 37,000 deer have been killed,..

Elk hoof disease research underway November 7, 2019 Washington, The Wahkiakum County Eagle
... The disease attacks the hooves of elk, eating away the foot and causing them to walk on soft tissue... first observed in southwest Washington ... Residents of southwest Washington have noticed a decrease in numbers of elk ...

G&F takes steps toward new CWD policy November 7, 2019 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... among the recommendations, for example, was a consensus that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department “takes action to reduce artificial points of concentration,” ... other recommendations address topics relating to: disposal of big game carcasses; education and communication ...

Resource selection of mule deer in a shrub‐steppe ecosystem: influence of woodland distribution and animal behavior  Sabrina Morano  Kelley M. Stewart  Thomas Dilts  Alisa Ellsworth  Vernon C. Bleich  November 6,  2019
... mule deer selected areas with low to intermediate tree cover (10% to 40%) during resting periods and avoided areas of productive shrub and forb vegetation and riparian areas, when surrounded by denser stands of pinyon–juniper cover. These results emphasize the importance of productive shrub and forb vegetation to mule deer inhabiting semi‐arid regions and suggest that low levels of tree cover are beneficial, especially during resting periods. Nevertheless, dense pinyon–juniper cover was generally avoided even in areas of high site productivity. These relationships lend support to the concern that increases in large, dense stands of pinyon–juniper reduce availability of summer habitat and alter patterns of resource selection for mule deer, a shrub‐dependent ungulate...

Modern gun season for deer opens Saturday November 6, 2019 Kentucky, The Messenger
...  a month ago, as a debilitating drought gripped Kentucky. The month of September was the driest month on record in the state ... We finally had rain in October ... "This will help winter survival for deer, especially in a year with a poor mast crop." ..

...  cover best explained intensity of habitat use. Contrastingly, food did not explain intensity of habitat use well for either species. Some vegetation simultaneously provides cover and food, and our data indicate that areas with vegetation characteristics providing both resources had the greatest influence on intensity of habitat use by both species. Our results suggest deer and turkey may perceive cover as a more important habitat component when food is not a proximate fitness threat...

... The statewide deer harvest is down from last year by more more than 6,000 with the statewide muzzleloader/archery hunting season set to open Saturday. ... current harvest is 18,606...

In this weeks's webcast Chief Game Warden Robert Timian talks about some of the enforcement issues game wardens encounter during deer gun season. - North Dakota, November 7, 2019


Hunters are poisoning bald eagles. Here's how that can change November 6, 2019 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...From now through winter, two of the leading ways eagles come in contact with lead are eating gut piles of hunter-killed deer and scavenging on deer carcasses intentionally left out for wildlife...

$2.5 million for Wyoming wildlife underpasses committed, up to $36.5 million needed November 6, 2019 Oil City News
... the project will benefit the Wyoming Range mule deer herd as well as pronghorn and moose. ... “’This area of Wyoming has one of the highest rates of mule deer vehicle collisions,’ ... new conservation license plates established during the 2018 Legislative session generate funds for wildlife conservation...

... According to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, these deer—which live on the Isle of Rum just off Scotland's west coast—have experienced genetic changes that have contributed to the animals having children nearly two weeks earlier over the course of the past four decades...

... The decision to prohibit the attractants is part of the battle against chronic wasting disease (CWD). Recently, CWD was found in a wild deer that was living in Crow Wing County and, in an attempt to limit the risk of deer transmitting that disease, the use of attractants has been banned in counties that surround Crow Wing...

... a recent study from South Dakota State University ... correlated higher levels of neonics with decreased baby deer, or fawn, survival, among other health problems... neonicotinoids — the most widely used pesticides in the world and heavily used in Minnesota-grown corn and soybeans ...

...  likely won’t impact the current bans in place this year... The proposal is in response to baiting and feeding bans in the entire Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula approved by the Natural Resources Commission in an attempt to curtail chronic wasting disease among deer populations...

2019 Fawn Survey Results November 5, 2019 Wisconsin DNR
...A motor vehicle, haying equipment and a domestic dog killed one fawn each.  Two fawns that died tested positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a virus transferred by midges that is not contractible by humans...  Coyote predation was considered the most likely cause of death for 24 of the fawns, and bobcats were considered the most likely culprit for two more... 23 fawns that died did not have an immediately obvious cause...

... Game and Fish this year offered 65,500 deer gun tags, up from 55,150 in 2018 and the highest number since 2012 ... Deer gun licenses bottomed out at 43,275 in 2015, largely the result of consecutive severe winters from 2009 through 2011, and have been on a gradual climb ever since.. there’s still an issue or problem with supply and demand out there when it comes to deer hunting ..,

...Previous studies reported that sound deterrents were ineffective, but this study revealed efficacy of the sound deterrent; this disparity could be due to the use of an attractant, since most studies employed food to test deterrent effectiveness. The short-term (four-week) tests demonstrated the effectiveness of the sonic device; however, long-term tests revealed that the efficacy declined with long-term usage (habituation effect). Use of the device should be limited, i.e., for no longer than one month...

Carbon County deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease November 4, 2019 Montana, KTVQ Billings News
... A mule deer buck harvested during the archery season northeast of Joliet tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease...

Differential gene expression in chronic wasting disease‐positive white‐tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) EK Trone‐Launer, J Wang, G Lu, NE Mateus‐Pinilla… - Ecology and Evolution, 2019 [PDF]
... We identified several genes that suggest a link between CWD and retroviruses and identified the gene ADIPOQ that acts as a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist.  This gene may lead to reduced production of TNF and impact disease progression and
clinical symptoms associated with CWD (i.e., wasting syndrome). Use of candidate genes identified in this study suggests the activation of endogenous processes in CWD‐positive deer, which in turn may enable earlier detection of the disease...

... For the first time in 10 years, no deer management unit will be restricted to buck-only deer seasons, and even the far northern counties have at least some limited antlerless hunting opportunities... “The “severe” 2018/2019 winter may have slowed population growth but did not cause large population decline..,

An initial performance review of vaginal implant transmitters paired with GPS collars JR Dion, JM Haus, JE Rogerson, JL Bowman - Animal Biotelemetry, 2019
... In 2016, 60% of the females expelled transmitters at the birth sites. Failure to locate a birth site was a result of technological failings (20%) and premature expulsions (20%). Following manufacturer updates in 2017, we observed an apparent reduction in technology malfunctions (8%) but similar rates of premature expulsions (33%), which resulted in 58% of radio-linked transmitters expelled at birth sites...

DNR prepares for massive CWD sampling effort during firearms deer season November 4, 2019 Minnesota, West Central Tribune
... 700 archer-killed wild deer in the Brainerd-Merrifield area have been tested since the bow season began in September and no new CWD-positive deer have been found... In southeastern Minnesota ... two of 1,500 deer tested so far during bow season have been CWD-positive and another case is likely...

Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 4, 2019 North Dakota, NDFG News
... Biologists counted 2,218 mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The ratios of 41 bucks per 100 does, and 84 fawns per 100 does, were similar to last year... covers 24 study areas and 306.3 square miles in western North Dakota...

... “CWD really is occupying the entire (Section of Wildlife) staff right now,” he said. “We had some of our early training, we’re doing a tremendous amount of work to set up check stations, to set up maybe even dumpsters for collection and carcass disposal.  “We’ve got all sorts of things we’re trying to do so whatever is being harvested within those CWD zones does not move unless it is clean...

East Lansing considers hiring deer sharpshooters November 4, 2019 Michigan, Statenews.com
...The cost of culling depends on the number of sites and nights it takes place... in some areas culling is sometimes a process that needs to happen repeatedly, which concerned some council members due to the potential that the move only has a temporary benefit, should the council vote against culling in the future...

BLM, state, ranchers fight conifer encroachment November 3, 2019 Montana, Montana Standard
... Bureau of Land Management ...  has steadily pushed back on the line of Douglas fir marching down the mountainsides in southwest Montana... bad for mule deer habitat, elk habitat and moose... conifers are taking over land that once supported mountain mahogany, a shrubby, low-growing tree mule deer live on...

CWD risk to humans can't be dismissed, health experts say November 3, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... In a paper titled “Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Implications for Prion Transmission to Humans and Other Animal Species,” senior author Michael Osterholm and five contributing authors say “the risk of CWD transmission to humans is low but not zero.”... the paper estimates that humans consume “7,000 to 15,000 CWD-infected animals annually, a number that may increase by 20% each year.”...

Spread of CWD remains unclear November 3, 2019 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... “Most scavengers eat meat and a glob of meat would not contain many infected prions. But yes, eyeballs, we know crows, preferentially eat those and those are high in infected prions... In general, we are looking at a prevalence rate, or infection rate, of CWD in deer populations in Blair, Bedford and Fulton counties of approximately 4.5%,” Vreeland said.

Rare virus found in a deer in Luzerne County November 3, 2019 Pennsylvania, CitizensVoice
... the deer — a doe — stood with its head down and didn’t respond when humans approached ... infected with Eastern equine encephalitis... EEE has also been found in captive pheasants in Monroe County, horses in Carbon County and two wild turkeys in Erie County... the first instance of EEE in wildlife in the area ...

Chronic wasting disease spreads to deer in Bennett County November 1, 2019 South Dakota, Argus Leader
... Bennett County is now considered a chronic wasting disease endemic area after samples collected from a sick deer found south of Martin confirmed the deer was in the late stages of the disease ...

More deer tags in hunters' hands for 2019 November 1, 2019 North Dakota, Bismark Tribune
... The deer population is trending up in the western part of the state, which allowed officials to issue more tags, but the eastern part of the state has been slower to recover from the “devastating winters” of 2009, 2010 and 2011, Williams said. And there are far fewer acres idled under the federal Conservation Reserve Program ..,

General white-tailed deer hunting season opens Saturday October 31, 2019 Texas, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
... “We’ve seen a slow but steady growth in the statewide population over the last 15 years, particularly in areas such as the Hill Country, Oak Prairies and portions of the Cross Timbers..,

Officials warn upcoming deer mating season creates hazard for drivers October 31, 2019 Massachusets, Boston 25 News
... We have around 95-100,000 deer in the state but similar to the way the people population is in Massachusetts it's more densely populated in the eastern part of the state," ..,

... killed a 2-year-old, 23 point buck, weighing more than 200 pounds and valued at $15,000...

Pennsylvania’s Sunday hunting bill clears last big hurdle October 31, 2019 TribLIVE.com
... it looks as if expanded Sunday hunting is coming to Pennsylvania in 2020.  On Wednesday, members of the House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 147 by a vote of 144-54...

Defend against Chronic Wasting Disease this fall October 31, 2019 Kentucky, Times Tribune
... the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is increasing its efforts to monitor the state for chronic wasting disease ... tested more than 30,000 deer and elk for CWD since 2002 and plan to increase our monitoring this fall ... never been detected in Kentucky ...  illegal to bring whole carcasses of deer, elk, moose and caribou into the state...

Harvard, Voters debate hunting ban for nearly an hour October 31, 2019 Massachusetts, Harvard Press
... a proposed bylaw to ban the hunting program the Conservation Commission had approved in September. [defeated] ...  arguments for the ban ... no solid data that the deer population in Harvard was too high ... the proposed bow hunting program would be ineffective ...

Whitetail Science: The Reason Bucks Scrape at Night October 30, 2019 Georgia, Mike Hanback
...  90% of scrape visits occur at night ... between 2 and 3 a.m...  in the dark, bucks are drawn to scrapes to interact with other deer through their powerful sense of smell...

... A Marquette University Law School Poll released last week found more than half of state residents interviewed believed CWD was staying about the same or decreasing.  Only 27% correctly said CWD was increasing... deer hunters in the sample .. were about as wrong on CWD as the general public...

County board hears from elk introduction opponents October 30, 2019 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... proposal to introduce elk in northeastern Minnesota ... “Right now, very few of the farmers have to carry crop insurance, but if you bring the elk in, and they start eating your hay fields … and wrecking your fences, you’ll have to carry crop insurance to get reimbursed,” ... opposed the elk project because he feared it would place additional restrictions on the logging industry...

... Recently, a first-of-its-kind conference with experts ... gathered in Madison ... to discuss collaborating on CWD, but no new approaches for fighting the disease were offered... Wyoming saw ... up to 65% prevalence ... recent research suggested that deer will be effectively extinct from those areas within 40 years, all because of CWD.” ...

Beminidji, Deer and density: BSU surveys deer population in Bemidji city limits October 30, 2019 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... the university provides the results of the annual deer survey to the city ... When their spotlights would land on a deer, they’d record data such as how many deer there were in a given spot, whether they were does or bucks and their approximate ages. They would then take distance measurements from the road. They use that information to calculate a deer density estimate...

... in a move that can only be described as a power grab, the select legislative committee has been crafting a bill to minimize the state’s wildlife professionals’ authority to designate migration corridors and give more of that discretion to energy developers, other state agencies and county commissioners...

... Waste Management told the DNR it was pulling out of a state contract to collect and haul Dumpsters full of deer carcasses from two areas in the state where the disease has been found in wild deer.  That throws a last-minute wrench into the DNR’s plan to contain the contagious disease ...

New requirements to reduce the risk of CWD spreading into Florida October 29, 2019 FWC News
... Under Executive Order 19-41, carcasses of deer, elk, moose, caribou and all other members of the deer family may not be imported into Florida from anywhere, except for legally harvested white-tailed deer originating from Georgia or Alabama, provided they meet certain requirements..,

Number of moose killed in Teton County collisions rises October 29, 2019 Wyoming, Gillette News Record
... between May 2018 and this past April ... 33 of the long-legged ungulates died in vehicle collisions... “We can’t hit 28 moose every year and expect the population to do well,” he said. “It’s not a big population to begin with.”...

Pine Ridge researchers gain knowledge about the cougar October 29, 2019 Nebraska, Norfolk Daily News
... Along with so many other species, cougars disappeared from Nebraska with Euro-American settlement. Not only did early settlers slay predators at every opportunity, more importantly they killed the predators’ prey. The decimation of deer and other prey species in the late 1800s and early 1900s surely made Nebraska a less desirable place for mountain lions to live..,

... If asked to choose between using lethal or non-lethal means to control the deer population, 62.4 percent would choose non-lethal methods, compared to 37.7 percent favoring lethal means ... 604 people took part in the survey -- far more than in any other survey the city has conducted... using non-lethal methods (contraception and/or sterilization) was the top choice of 48.8 percent of respondents, while another 28 percent “somewhat” supported this method...

Mercer County deer management program has began October 29, 2019 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Cucchi said biologists recommend 20 to 25 deer per square mile to maintain a healthy forest... Hiring a professional culling company would cost the Park Commission a minimum of $700 per deer,” ... The commission has selected 10 to 14 licensed hunters ...

... The vote was 7 to 0 in favor of the contract with Precision Wildlife LLC for an amount not to exceed $68,000 for deer culling ...




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Deer in the News

... Since August, at least 10 deer stands in northern Wisconsin have been targeted by vandals. The radical group the Animal Liberation Front, or ALF, has taken credit on its website for some of the attacks...

Car-deer collisions peak with colder weather, time change, hunting November 11, 2019 Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
... The primary driver of increased deer-vehicle collisions is the fact that deer are heading into mating season – known as the rut. This sends sex-focused male deer dashing across highways and roads... Also, hunters push deer toward a more nocturnal schedule ...

As you can see in the video her back side is all cut up from the ice at least that’s what we are assuming. We went and checked on her this morning and she has since passed away, which is very sad for us to walk up on. We wished there was more we could have done for her. - November 10, 2019


... “Have you ever seen a white deer?” he says on a video ...the animal fits the description of “piebald” deer ... not show a true albino deer ...


Video: Oh, deer! Man uses tree saw to free stuck bucks November 8, 2019 Michigan, KLFY
... spotted the deer Wednesday in a farm field: two rutting eight-point bucks whose antlers were tangled...  Lyons cut the antlers apart using the tree limb saw, allowing the deer to go free... [Normally we don't post a video that starts with an ad, but this one is an exception]

Volunteers, wildlife officials save stuck buck November 7, 2019 Ohio, Cleveland
... the third day in a row that they spent trying to free the tenacious buck. The deer, which appears to have fallen in the cavernous pit at some point over the weekend, had no way to escape because it was far too deep...

...  the deer’s owner lived about a block away. “He found him when he was little and raised him with his pitbull,” ... The deer was safely captured and taken by animal control officers...

... netted 5 miles off the coast of Maine -- a disoriented swimming deer... "Couldn't let the poor guy suffer and drown,"  ...

Albino deer spotted - November 5, 2019


Although she ‘can’t save them all,’ wildlife rehabilitation expert is saving as many as she can November 2, 2019 California, San Diego Union-Tribune on MSN.com
... For the past 20 years, she’s been helping various wildlife heal and get back out into the wild as a volunteer, licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and founder and director of San Diego Fawn Rescue, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases mule deer fawns... The most common reason we get these fawns is that their mother has been killed, usually hit by a car...

Bucks feeling their oats in the pre-rut ending days of October!!!!! Numerous live, as they happen, doe and fawn bleats and grunts as the frenzy of the pre-rut and pending rut approaches in November. If you have never seen a deer sneeze (visually and vocally) you have to see this - November 2, 2019


How to determine a deer’s mood by its tail October 29, 2019 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... A wagging tail ... deer is at ease ... Lifting its tail halfway, so that it sticks straight out, is the first sign that a deer senses danger... By raising its tail vertically, also called flagging, a deer exposes the white fur of its tail and backside to alert others in its herd of danger ...

  Vermont police officer rescues deer trapped in soccer net  October 29, 2019 NBC 5 on MSN.com
... finding the deer screaming from within a bright blue pile of netting ... Mason's body camera captured him calmly approaching the deer ... The deer can be seen scampering into a wooded area at the end of the video ... 

  
Doe with Arrow in Head Spotted in Gated Community October 28, 2019 Pennsylvania, wnep.com
... Hunting is not allowed in the residential part of A Pocono Country Place, but right next door, there are state gamelands where people do hunt. The police chief tells Newswatch 16, it is possible that's where the deer was shot...

... The doe was trapped, unable to move and injured... she began to pet the deer’s nose... eventually, the deer even allowed her to start removing the wire... “Let me get my bolt cutters and cut that off okay?” a man could be heard ...

... shot the buck using a muzzleloader ... then approached the deer to check if he had killed it...

... For the second time in just weeks, deer stands in Wisconsin’s Dunn County were discovered vandalized with messages targeting the area’s hunters, including one message which read, “Hunt the hunters.”...


Deer season brings dangers for drivers  October 19, 2019 New York, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
... the bucks start checking out the does for mating season, and this too often puts deer where you normally may not see them. Later in November when the gun season opens, the deer are really getting pushed around ... estimated that there are about 65,000 deer-vehicle collisions annually in New York state...

... two elk with their antlers locked together north of Rock Springs ... were able to get the elk separated.  Unfortunately, one of the elk was already dead ... a few hours later dragged an elk calf stuck in deep mud ...

Idaho's too friendly elk is heading to the Lone Star state October 17, 2019 Idaho News (press release)
... A bull elk that was illegally removed from the Idaho woods in early 2018 and grew to show no fear of humans has found a new home.  Texas A&M University...

Be aware of deer on the move this fall as you are on the road October 16, 2019 Kansas, FOX4 Kansas City
... According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,734 of the 64,933 vehicle crashes reported in 2018 were deer-related... The greatest number of deer-vehicle crashes are in mid-November when the rut, or mating season, peaks...

... be alert for deer on roadways during their mating season...  more than 15,600 deer-vehicle crashes in Illinois last year...

Residents of La Canada’s Paradise Valley neighborhood have worked for weeks to help rescue a fawn seen on Sept. 20 with a trap stuck on its hind leg. California Fish and Wildlife officials located and tranquilized the small deer on Saturday, but the fawn died shortly after the trap was removed and the injured leg treated. Experts believe the animal was undernourished and would not have survived much longer, with or without intervention. - October 14, 2019 California


Big effort underway to save small La Cañada fawn hobbled by illegal trap October 11, 2019 California, Los Angeles Times
... Newsom was shocked on Sept. 20 to see a months-old fawn near his house hobbling with a trap on its leg... The young deer’s leg is swollen ...“body-gripping” traps, illegal in California ...

Prehistoric Deer Bones May Offer the Earliest Evidence of Ancient Food Storage October 10, 2019 SmithsonianMag
... 400,000 years ago, ancient hominids living in what is now Israel hunted ... Most of the bones that the researchers studied came from fallow deer ...

...  the deer were found in a farm field in mid-September... The path of the lightning strike could be seen traveling through the fur of the deer ...

... A concerned citizen posted on social media that the deer looked thin and unhealthy and asked fellow animal-lovers to bring food ... prompted a number of guests to throw trash and other inedible items ... Deer have been kept on the grounds of the Schell's brewery for 159 years, ...

Moose is moved to state park after run through St. John's Cemetery September 30, 2019 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram
... captured by authorities and tranquilized.  Authorities took the bull moose to a state park for release ... The moose was one of two that Worcester police were tracking in the city ...

... “The fawns were young, about two weeks old,” Ruff said. “They still had spots. When they were found, both had been shot and killed.” ...



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