Deer Management News This Week

Hunters Advised to Take Precautions Against EEE Virus October 22, 2019 Pennsylvania, PGC News
...Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been documented in wildlife and livestock in Pennsylvania in recent weeks. It’s been found in two wild turkeys in Erie County, a wild deer in Luzerne County, captive pheasants in Monroe County and horses in Carbon County...

... Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has popped up in Eaton County ... A deer was found back in September ... dangerous mosquito-borne disease ...

Hemorrhagic Disease is a sometimes-fatal, naturally occurring virual disease spread by biting flies, and we typically see large-scale outbreaks every 5-10 years. By contrast, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is always fatal to deer and elk, but has NOT been found in Kentucky. - October 21, 2019


Chronic Wasting Disease detected in McKenzie County October 21, 2019 North Dakota, NDGF
... Two mule deer taken in September have tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... where CWD had not previously been found ... the first detection of CWD in the badlands...

... Through Sunday , October 20, 2019, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 13,948 deer, compared to 11,351 for the same period in 2018...

Reward offered for information on poached mule deer October 21, 2019 Montana, KTVQ Billings News
... found the carcass next to Old Hardin Road southeast of Lockwood...$1,000 for information ...

... A paper authored by a research team led by disease ecologist Richard Ostfeld and published in the scientific journal, “Biology,” studied several factors to determine their impacts on instances of Lyme disease. ... “Indices of deer abundance had no predictive power, and precipitation in the current year and temperature in the prior year had only weak effects on entomological risk ... The strongest predictors of a current year's risk were the prior year's abundance of mice and chipmunks and abundance of acorns 2 years previously.” ...

CWD, Pa. Game Commission raises alarm on deadly deer disease October 20, 2019 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on MSN.com
... Chronic wasting disease ... entered southcentral Pennsylvania in 2012. This summer, due to a positive test on a roadkill, a disease management area established to contain the disease was expanded into the state’s southwest corner,..  has been confirmed at several fenced facilities in Pennsylvania.... since 2012 with 250 confirmed cases among wild deer..,

AGFC sides forming over baiting, feeding debate October 20, 2019 Arkansas, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
...  there is not much peer-reviewed research about the link among baiting, supplemental feeding and chronic wasting disease... chronic wasting disease initially appeared along an isolated river valley. It now encompasses about one quarter of the state ...

... By 2006, wildlife and transportation officials began to discuss a longshot fix: animal crossings... Nevada was an early adopter of the crossings. The state completed its first project on U.S. 93 in 2010 at a cost of about $2.2 million. Over the next four years, NDOT found that more than 35,000 mule deer used the crossings ...

Mast survey reveals good news for all wildlife October 20, 2019 West Virginia, The Register-Herald
...  Deer prefer white oak acorns over all the other oak species. However, white oak production was down 63 percent compared to last year... The deer will be in the red, black and scarlet oak stands this year ...

... Eighteen white-tailed deer have now tested positive since the count started this spring... Officials also hope to trap an additional 200 deer in Libby, where the disease has primarily been found...

... The plan identifies wildlife migratory patterns across the county, specifically where those animal travel paths intersect with roadways ...  includes meticulous detail about what particular species would be affected by wildlife passages, including deer, elk, moose, ...

Wyoming man sentenced for poaching more than 100 deer October 19, 2019 KTVQ Billings News
...  62-year-old Sheridan County man was will spend nine months in jail for killing more than 100 deer and leaving them to waste on his property... $254,000 in fines ...

Rawlins, Shooting deer in city limits called into question October 19, 2019 Wyoming, Rawlins Times.com
... have police officers equipped with night vision goggles and bolt-action rifles shoot them dead within city limits was called into question ... “You’re live firing in town ... All it needs is one accident.” ... when some does are exterminated, “the remaining female deer will often respond to greater food abundance by giving birth to twins or triplets...

... “Some of the game wardens were saying that there’s always a possibility that someone could try to cover up a poaching by making it look like roadkill,” said Aaron Meier with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “But for the most part, there’s no real pushback for roadkill harvest...

...   Kentucky’s native elk, the Eastern elk, was gone from the state by the 1880s, due to habitat loss and unregulated hunting... Beginning in 1997 through 2002, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFWR) employees live-trapped 1,547 elk from wild herds in Kansas, Utah, New Mexico ... In the 2018-19 Elk Report KDFWR biologist estimated that Kentucky’s elk herd numbered about 13,100..,

Hunters asked to save deer spleens for pesticide study October 18, 2019 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to test deer spleens to see if neonicotinoids are in them... insecticides applied through seed treatments, in foliar sprays ...

New study finds common pesticide a danger to deer October 17, 2019 South Dakota, KSFY
... scientists at South Dakota State University found a widely used pesticide is likely a danger to deer... neonicotinoids, the worlds most common family of pesticides, is likely causing serious birth defects in white-tailed deer...

Making the Game and Parks Commission more responsive October 17, 2019 Nebraska, McCook Daily Gazette, State Sen. Dan Hughes, Dist. 44 news
... we have made a clear statement that the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission needs to be more responsive to the complaints of landowners who have large herds of big game destroying their crops and pastures...

Idaho Fish and Game wants new hunters. So it created a video game to help them learn October 17, 2019 Idaho Statesman
... it asked Leman and his fellow students at Boise State University’s Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile Technology program to design a virtual reality field dressing...

Please, shoot them: 12 bucks on MSU Deer Lab's most wanted list. Here's why.  October 17, 2019 MIssissippi, The Clarion-Ledger
... Deer collars failed to drop ... we had a fairly significant failure rate... The collars cost $3,000 each ... about 90% of the data is stored in the collars," Demarais said. "We have about 10% of the data. That was transmitted by satellite." ...

PFAS session focuses on wildlife October 17, 2019 Michigan, Ehextra
...  Michigan has reported PFAS [ per- and polyflouroalkyl substances] results on about 150 deer with 100 of those sampling from PFAS contaminated sites.   “Only one deer (of those 100) had PFAS levels that warranted an advisory,”  ...

Senator Ed McBroom discusses the deer baiting ban and Chronic Wasting Disease on WJMN - October 16, 2019 Michigan


How many deer has DeWitt killed in 2 years? Not nearly enough, feds say October 16, 2019 New York, Syracuse.com (blog)
... Perhaps most controversial is the proposal to trap live deer and kill them. “In areas where deer densities are high and shooting is not a feasible option under the current regulations, (Wildlife Service) recommends live trapping deer,” [non-lethal control] ...

... It is illegal to feed deer or elk in any county, city, or town during any deer or elk hunting season. ...

... The name caught on because chronic wasting disease leads to drooling, stumbling around, and the animal not being aware of its surroundings -- all of which are certainly zombie-like...  referring to CWD as a zombie disease gives the false impression that you can tell an animal is infected just by looking at it...

... 1,215 violations and 102 illegally killed big game animals—including moose, bison, black bear, deer, elk and pronghorns... Utah’s Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline (1-800-662-3337) ...

... The hunter had submitted the lymph nodes from the deer for testing. A follow-up test is being run to confirm the results...

... particularly concerned in recent years by outbreaks in north central Mississippi and southwest Tennessee, close enough for free-ranging deer to carry it across the state line, and also areas where Alabama hunters sometimes visit and harvest animals...

... In the spring of 2016 ... Deer 255 ... She traveled a whopping 242 miles from southwest Wyoming to eastern Idaho in the greatest migration in recorded mule deer history... [map below from University of Oregon]

Raritan, NJ lawsuit challenging Raritan Township deer hunt dismissed  October 16, 2019 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey
... a lawsuit brought by the Animal Protection League and a former municipal official claiming that the township is not enforcing the rules for deer hunting on public property ... dismissed the lawsuit earlier this month because it was not filed within 45 days of the township committee approving the deer hunts ...

LDWF makes chronic wasting disease testing service available to hunters
 October 16, 2019 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... Hunters seeking to have their harvested deer tested for CWD are encouraged to complete a new online form detailing the specific location where they have harvested a deer and then submit tissue from the animal to the nearest LDWF Field Office ...

... Michigan had 53,464 accidents involving deer in 2018, up 5% from 50,949 in 2017 and 14% from 46,870 deer-vehicle accidents in 2016... deer herd ... is continuing to recover from  harsh winters in 2013-15 that knocked down their numbers, especially in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula ..,

State Works to Reduce Traffic Collisions with Wildlife October 15, 2019 Nevada, Public News Service
... wrecks involving animals have gone down as much as 98% in places where the diversions have been built, especially along Interstate 80 and Nevada Highway 93... Those corridors are essential to the wildlife. Otherwise it can really influence their ability to survive winters ...

"Our costs for managing Wyoming's world-class wildlife resources continue to rise dramatically, while many of our traditional funding sources are in decline. - October 14, 2019 Wyoming


... Deer populations are robust across the central region ... an average year for acorn production ... A deep snow pack in late winter resulted in reports of deer mortality – mostly fawns – over a large portion of southwestern Minnesota..,

After the flood: The bayou state's deer herd October 14, 2019 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... High water was prevalent the entire time that does were pregnant and extended into the fawning season ... To offset this loss, biologists have recommended that fewer does be harvested this season, which would allow for a higher-than-normal doe population to be producing more fawns in 2020... he browse that is normally available to deer was underwater, and many species probably died back..,

... With 14,000 reported incidence last year, Montana ranks second to West Virginia in the annual number of vehicle collisions with deer, according to State Farm... Several studies indicate that wildlife crossings work ... in association with fencing that helps funnel wildlife towards the crossings, can reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions by 97-percent...

Deer baiting, feeding ban in place in most Wisconsin counties October 14, 2019 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... deer baiting and feeding is prohibited in 52 counties. Some counties, specifically in the northwest and southern area ... to limit the spread of disease and specifically ... chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...

Uinta Mule Deer - Study UpdateHD 2019 HD. Radio collars have dropped from Uinta mule deer does and biologists are retrieving them along with the valuable GPS location information the collars hold. In December 2010 deer were captured and collared in this western Wyoming herd to understand more about the animals and to provide better hunting opportunities in the future. - October 13, 2019 Wyoming


Are you ready for hunting season? October 13, 2019 Montana, Sidney Herald 
Leader
... Southeast Montana experienced above-average rainfall this summer, which produced abundant forage and cover ... should boost populations next year (pending what Mother Nature has in store this winter) ... Aerial surveys of deer populations in southeast Montana indicate that both mule deer and white-tailed deer remain above long-term average numbers...

Declining mule deer numbers concern wildlife officials October 13, 2019 Oregon, Argus Observer
... reasons for a decline in the number of mule deer include increasing competition from elk and an increasing number of predators, mainly cougars and coyotes...  a reduction in quality and quantity of winter range and inadequate nutrition on summer range... numbers of mule deer in the region were up around 300,000 in about 1981 and but had dipped below 220,000 in 2012 ...

The biological basis for deer hunting October 13, 2019 West Virginia, The Register-Herald
... In 1970, Graeme Caughley suggested that the mule deer population explosion on the Kaibab Plateau was due more to the recovery of the range than to the disappearance of predators. It turns out that while predators were being removed from the area, so were domestic livestock. At least 200,000 sheep and 20,000 cattle were removed at the same time the predators were exterminated. Caughley argued that deer flourished not because predators disappeared, but because the elimination of domestic grazers provided a virtually unlimited food supply for deer...

Tracking whitetails: New law opens doors for hunters, creates opportunity for local dog trainer October 12, 2019 Minnesota, Osakis Review
... new law that allows the use of dogs in tracking wounded bears and deer ... “Any breed can do it,” Mead said. “They just need to be motivated and have enough energy to do this... The person attempting to locate the wounded deer or bear must have a valid hunting license in their possession. Dog handlers who do not have a license must be accompanied by the licensed hunter with the license in their possession...

... On the recommendation of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the BLM is deferring two whole parcels and portions of another that cross a state-designated mule deer migration corridor. The BLM will include a special lease notice on the one remaining parcel that intersects a designated big game migration corridor...

Retrofitting busy highways to let wildlife travel safely, too October 11, 2019 Colorado, Washington Post
... U.S. Highway 285 was once a death zone for the dwindling herds of elk and mule deer on Colorado’s Western Slope. But today it offers a lifeline ... a tunnel dipping under three lanes of speeding traffic ... “Our ecosystems are in crisis due to habitat loss, deforestation and, of course, climate change,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.),..

Blue Hills, Study to look at health of Blue Hills October 11, 2019 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger
... A review of the use of hunting to control the deer population will be part of an independent scientific study of the Blue Hills Reservation required as part of a recently enacted state law ... “We all want the forest to thrive, but the annual deer culling program continues to be controversial and I share in the concerns held by many,”  [state Rep. William Driscoll, D-Milton] ...

... Starting in 2020, WDFW will have a 25-year strategic plan... Climate change models for the Pacific Northwest predict warmer winters and summers, less snowpack and increased forest fire. Those changes will, in turn, impact wildlife with some species, like deer and elk, thriving while others, like moose, trout and salmon, suffer...

Country Ecology: Northern red oak October 11, 2019 New Hampshire, Conway Daily Sun
... Early colonists noted savannah-like appearances in this ancient forest ... Indians thus commonly had used fire as a landscape managing tool, releasing nutrients back to the soil and keeping any understory down for the wild animals’ benefit... their own unique style of wildlife management to help the wild turkey and deer populations expand in those times...

... “Through reductions in doe harvest, deer population goals have been met for most of Georgia and the population is stable," ... “To date, neither chronic wasting disease or tuberculosis have been detected in Georgia deer,” ..,

Cache Valley, Outlook on this year's deer hunt, reduction in tags October 11, 2019 Utah, Herald Journal
... In Cache Valley deer numbers rebounded in 2018 from a harsh winter in 2017, but then had higher than average fawn mortality last winter... residents wanted less crowded hunting conditions. Wyoming is also seeking input this year on how to reduce crowding in mule deer hunting units...

Deer Season opens Saturday October 11, 2019 Washington, NCWLife
... The most-recent numbers available estimate mule deer hunters spend over $1-thousand dollars annually in trip and equipment expenditures. The estimated economic impact to local and state economies in 2014 was $40-million...

Libby City Council tables CWD management plan October 11, 2019 Montana, The Western News
... Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have been working with the city to manage symptomatic town deer.  FWP officials built several clover traps, essentially mesh cages, to catch deer. Once trapped, wildlife officials take the deer from the site and euthanize them to collect testing samples...

... The effect of deer on rates of vegetation recovery was negative, but not statistically significant nor biologically compelling. Although effects of deer trampling on beach grass are evident in classified imagery, deer foraging on beach grass had little effect on its rate of spread throughout overwash fans...

Lansing, Crossbows Allowed in Village Deer Control Program October 11, 2019 New York, The Lansing Star Online
... Village of Lansing trustees voted 4-0 Monday to permit the use of crossbows ... The program was launched in 2007 ... "I like to watch deer, but I don't like to watch cars kill them.  That's the equation we have to deal with." ...




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... 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 ...

This mature mule deer buck found himself in a dilemma in southern Utah recently, but our biologists were able to help. - October 8, 2019


... 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, ...

"Toy Deer", as Key Deer were once known, inhabit a small portion of the Florida Keys. These tiny white tail deer are on Florida?s Endangered Species list. We take you on a video tour of the Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. - October 8, 2019 Florida


Man Rescues Cute Deer Hanging Upside Down From Fence - October 1, 2019


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.” ...

... Dorsey was able to get the deer out ... Moments later, the deer got stuck again ...

 Rescue Workers Free Deer From Lacrosse Net On Long Island September 22, 2019 New York, CBS Boston 
... its neck was tilted back in the net ... The frightened animal kicked and flailed, but Floridia [Strong Island Animal Rescue]  was able to cut him loose ...

Deer euthanized in Hartford after getting stuck on fence September 19, 2019 Connecticut, FOX 61
... euthanized after being impaled on a fence in Hartford ...

... "It has an arrow stuck in the flesh on one shoulder," ..."It's a pretty nice buck and people have seen it in and around the neighborhoods underneath the Rims for quite a while."...

... It has allowed people to feed it and has walked easily among beach goers ...the biggest concern now is any behavioral changes that come with the deer breeding season ...

A "Deer"-ing Rescue On The Ohio River September 13, 2019 Indiana, Eagle Radio 99.3 FM WSCH
... an eight-point buck was swimming in the river... struggling to stay afloat... grabbed the deer by the antlers and held its head above the water beside the boat...

We purchased an Avent Heavy feed milk bottle from Kroger and first of all we used goats milk straight out of the refrigerator at Kroger. The heavy feed bottle is for babies that drink heavy without introducing air to the flow. Then we Googled what we should be doing and found that the Tractor Supply Company had a baby feed that included Colostrum, essential for them to develop. Just like human baby milk, it includes all of the elements they need to grow without mother's milk, not perfect, but does the trick. - September 11, 2019


Mansfield firefighters rescue albino deer September 10, 2019 Ohio, NBC4
... Video shows the albino deer caught in some type of netting, when firefighters slowly approach...  able to free the animal and it runs back into the woods...

Young Deer Rescued From Rope In Menlo Park September 12, 2019 California, Patch.com
... Humane Society staff saw the deer was indeed in peril and tranquilized him to safely remove the rope from his antlers. A blowpipe was used to inject the deer with the sedative...


... The fawns try to follow their mothers that jump over these fences through the four-inch-gaps in the fence line. Fawns are able to squeeze part of the way through the gap, but can’t make it all the way. Their shoulders are narrow enough to make it through but their hips aren’t... roughly 50% of the young deer he rescues from the fences die...

Deer becomes local legend September 6, 2019 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
...anyone who sees it is likely to remember it because it has an arrow in its head.  Since the 2018 archery season, Crosslake residents have been spotting a six point buck with an arrow sticking squarely out of its forehead...

... First the deer checked out the couple from behind a fence. Then it climbed over the fence and began pulling individual roses from the bride’s bouquet...

... Yreka Police Lieutenant Chris Betts says officers were able to find the deer, sedate it, and remove the arrow, but unfortunately this isn't an isolated incident...

... Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife ... some fawns are born with blue eyes, they almost always change color to the dark brown usually seen in older deer 🦌 Well, this boy has KEPT his blue eyes!! ...




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