Deer Management News This Week

'Designer' deer herds touted to help farmers April 20, 2021 New Zealand, rnz
... a range of factors that influenced where a deer wanted to forage, including its personality, health, social interactions, past experience, food availability and diet.  Thompson said if those foraging behaviours were better understood, it might be possible to create herds with deer that were suited to specific farms...

FWP Seeks Public Comment On Elk Management Guiding Principles, Chronic Wasting Disease April 20, 2021 Montana, The Roundup
... Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles ... view and comment on the Guiding Principles and CWD Management Plan ... Public comments will be accepted through Monday, May 3, 5 p.m ...

Killing white deer rejected in DNR Spring Hearings April 19, 2021 Pennsylvania, WQOW
... in the DNR Spring Hearings ... participants voted against allowing hunters to harvest white deer, which have dark eyes, hooves, and noses...

Rare species of deer born at Keystone Safari April 19, 2021 Pennsylvania, WFMJ
... Grove City, PA is home to two of the newest Pere David's Deer in the world, which add to a growing population of this species that was once extinct in the wild for over 100 years...

...The amendment states that the only natural deer urine products lawful to import, sell, use or possess must have a seal of approval on the product ...

... A total of 58,146 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 39,322 deer during the 2020 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department.  Game and Fish made available 68,650 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 68% ..,

Alaska's Coastal Wolves Are Not Picky Eaters April 19, 2021 Hakai Magazine
... The research, conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Oregon State University from 2010 to 2018, is the first large-scale, region-wide study of wolf diets in southeast Alaska ... The study ... across the majority of the islands, Sitka black-tailed deer made up 65 percent of the wolves’ diets; on the mainland, moose and mountain goats were preferred over deer...

... the new test is also a lot cheaper than those using traditional equipment and uses field-deployable equipment to garner preliminary results in just 24 hours...

... we present that deer may be considered a natural disturbance helpful in controlling increased tree and shrub densities during the past century and thereby favoring a diversity of habitats and herbaceous plants ...  Large herbivores are natural disturbances that have been removing plant biomass and altering landscape and vegetation structure for millions of years; similar to other disturbances, deer ‘regimes’ vary in severity. From a perspective of historical ecology rather than current baselines, deer as a disturbance provide many ecological benefits ...

Wyoming Migration Initiative's Gregory Nickerson captured this image of a buck migrating through a box culvert under Interstate-80. Wyoming Game and Fish Department suggested the construction of these box culverts to assist migrating mule deer before the highway was completed in the 1970s. Today research shows that wider structures are more inviting to animals, but these box structures still help a few animals today. - April 18, 2021


WV DNR embarks on multi-year deer mortality study April 18, 2021 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail
...  biologists don’t really know how long a Mountain State deer survives in the wild. They don’t know, either, how many deer die for whatever reason.  “In West Virginia, we’ve never really done a study,” ... We’ve put tracking collars on 93 deer ...

... Closing regular firearm white-tail deer season on 3,062 acres for safety reasons. The refuge will still be open to the regular deer archery season and will allow for a special muzzloader hunt through special use permits...

Cull sheds light on CWD, test sought for detection in live animals April 15, 2021 Montana, American Veterinary Medical Association
... The USDA and NASA’s Detect to Protect Challenge: A Live Animal Test will award cash prizes totaling $170,000 to develop proof of concept for a diagnostic test that will successfully detect CWD in samples from live animals provided by the USDA for the challenge...

... The new method utilizes a piece of tissue from the animal’s ear for testing. Previously, more invasive tests had proven effective but difficult to collect, including a rectal sample or biopsy of lymph nodes...

State Rep. Driscoll files legislation aimed at Blue Hills deer hunt April 15, 2021 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger 
... After the Blue Hills deer hunt banned shotguns this past year, Rep. William Driscoll, D-Quincy, has filed a new bill designed to end the hunt altogether... my primary concern has been the safety of nearby houses...

The Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer and Elk Section Supervior provides an update on Pennsylvania deer management and presents the staff-recommended antlerless deer license allocations for the 2021-22 license year. - April 15, 2021 Pennsylvania


...Staff will recommend deer permit increases and additional bonus antlerless-only whitetail tags in several management units to stabilize populations..,

Vote this week to protect Wisconsin's white deer April 14, 2021 Madison.com
... From April 12 at 7 p.m. until April 15 at 7 p.m., any person, any age, in Wisconsin or anywhere in the world can vote on Wisconsin wildlife issues, including a white deer hunt. It is question #14 on the Conservation Congress section of this questionnaire...

CWD discovered in a deer at Beltrami County farm April 14, 2021 North Dakota, KFGO
... The deer was part of a herd quarantined in October 2020 as part of BAH’s investigation of the previously reported Houston County CWD detection...

... more than 82,000 residents, and 16,000 non residents apply for permits this year ... That is a 13% increase in residents and a 30% increase in non residents...

... the second Pere David’s Deer born at the Memphis Zoo in the last two years, and only a handful of U.S. zoos are home to the species ...

CWD found in local deer April 14, 2021 Iowa, Bellevue Herald Leader
...  in 2013, CWD was documented in Allamakee County ... scientists hoped against the odds that a single deer swam across the river during open season and was shot, snuffing out the spark ... Since then, some 111 deer with CWD have been identified in Iowa ..,

... The lawsuit filed by Mountain Pursuit argues the association was improperly given those licenses, stating it fails to meet the definition of a “nonprofit charitable organization” allowed to receive the licenses...

Voyageurs wolf gets his own collar-cam April 14, 2021 Minnesota, YAHOO!News
... the first known video from a collar camera placed on a live wild wolf... more than four hours of video of the wolf gnawing on a deer leg, eating fish, watching birds, walking in the woods and — most of all — sleeping...

... a total of 635 deer on the Island. The data is based on information released from a Jan. 24 flyover, using infrared video techniques from 1,600 feet...  “the most accurate number we have had.” ...

New method found for tracking Key deer fawns April 13, 2021 Florida, Key West Citizen
... using cameras to identify fawns ... they were able to identify at least 82 confirmed fawns based on the unique patterns of spots they have on their backs ... They found that fawns tend to prefer low-lying wetland areas ...

Mule Deer Enhancement Program Oversight Subcommittee meeting - Lincoln County Management Area 22, 23, 24, & 27. This meeting was held April 7, 2021 over zoom. - April 13, 2021 Nevada


... The research will compare mule deer habitat use and demographics before and after the elk reduction to determine if the mule deer population responded positively to a reduction in elk densities and the degree to which competition with elk impacts mule deer...

Antler hunters urged to avoid stressed elk, deer April 13, 2021 Idaho, Post Register
... pleading with antler hunters and backcountry visitors to stay away from deer and elk herd wintering areas in early spring to avoid stressing animals during this critical time...

... Mule deer populations have been declining across the western United States for decades, with the decline being even more pronounced on the Navajo Nation, Manninen said. Scientists lay the blame on several factors, including habitat loss, overgrazing by livestock, disease and predation...

... If the provision is passed through state and local governments, 12 year olds will be able to legally hunt with crossbows and firearms, but they must have adult supervision...

... The part of CWD Management Area 2 known as the Established Area – Bedford, Blair and Fulton counties – that exhibited that increase has produced nearly 90 percent of Pennsylvania’s CWD positives since the disease was first detected there in 2012..,

... Former Senator Raymond Lesniak kicked off the event by breaking the news that the Lesniak Institute will be working with advocates and Union County officials to establish a deer fertility control program in Union County...  In their research, they found that fertility control programs could gradually reduce the deer population in their neighborhood to a sustainable size without unnecessary lethal force...

An Overview of Wildlife Fertility Control April 13, 2021 Pennsylvania, Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control
... The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control is excited to share the new educational film, “An Overview of Wildlife Fertility Control,” on April 20, 2021 at 1:00pm EDT... This film was created with the intention of educating the public and creating connections between wildlife managers, researchers and advocates...

... a circuit judge until his retirement last week, had been challenging how a DNR warden gathered evidence in the case, which also led to a pair of citations in addition to the misdemeanor shining charge...


... researchers at the University of Montana, about 360 trail cameras have been set in the Black Hills and parts of northwestern South Dakota... millions of photos for researchers to sort through in search of white-tailed deer and elk...

Results of the 2021 trapping season. Transferred the deer to his trailer and he took them up there and released them so no problems, no incidents, everything went smooth. - April 12, 2021 Texas


. ... 15 Class A misdemeanors; nine Class B misdemeanors; $7,900 in fines, fees and restitution; 53 days in jail; and loss of hunting/fishing/trapping privileges for 10 years...

... we have tested a more easily accessed specimen, ear pinna punches, using an improved RT-QuIC assay involving iron oxide magnetic extraction to detect CWD infections in asymptomatic mule and white-tailed deer... 
These results provide evidence that RT-QuIC analysis of ear pinna punches may be a useful approach to detecting CWD infections in cervids...

... We discerned no significant changes in the population that shifted from natural forage to hay supplementation, or in the populations that changed from one type of hay to another. Our results suggest that supplementation with alfalfa pellets alters the native gut microbiome of elk, with potential implications for population health...

Animals can cause serious problems in a landscape, especially deer. Even on the Wasatch Front you can encounter deer eating your plants and doing significant damage to mature trees. We can’t always eliminate the problem, but we can plan and use plant varieties in a landscape that the deer dislike. - April 12, 2021 Utah


How many deer are in Arlington County? Drones are flying above the area to find out. April 12, 2021 Virginia, WJLA
... When the drone is in the sky it collects heat signatures of deer and it does not identify people... In one study, it was shown that drones can be about 43 to 96% more accurate than ground or human-made observations in counting wildlife..,

... The planned undercrossings, along with associated fencing and other needs, will cost roughly $12 million.  CNW, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Colville Confederated Tribes and others raised $200,000 and started work on the project in 2019...

Highlights from Today's Commissioners Meeting April 10, 2021 Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf
... In adopting a statewide concurrent season, the board noted allowing antlerless deer hunting throughout the season is not intended to increase the antlerless harvest. Deer populations are managed through the allocation of antlerless licenses. On average, one antlerless deer is harvested for every four antlerless deer licenses allocated...

UW Study Looks At What Affects Mule Deer Births April 9, 2021 Wyoming, laramielive.com
... Among the study’s findings:  Most deer completed migration well before giving birth: Across the five-year period of the study, animals completed migration, on average, 23 days before giving birth.  Does that ended migration earlier gave birth earlier... [Read the article in Ecology] ...

Elk feedground bill won’t hamper Game and Fish power April 9, 2021 Wyoming, WyoFile
... I do not believe that the department or the commission will close a feedground in my lifetime. Feedgrounds are important to Wyoming. Without them, we would have far fewer elk. Elk’s ability to travel hundreds of miles for winter sustenance has been lost. There is really no choice but to provide supplemental feeding...

peakofohio.com
... Deer populations in Ohio have shown increased growth over the last several years. Expanding the use of deer management permits statewide on private lands helps keep populations near targeted numbers while also maintaining a healthy and robust deer population on public lands..,

Yahoo News
... Rewards are set at $750 for cases involving elk and bighorn sheep, $500 for deer and oryx ... see Operation Game Thief ...  1-800-432-GAME ...

Confirmed cougar sighting in East Texas April 8, 2021 Tyler Morning Telegraph
...  “This is the first clean picture I’ve seen in over 30 years of being a veterinarian.” ... The cougar, on the right, walking up behind three deer [photo] ..,

... Bedford County had 111 of the state’s total of 212 detections of CWD during the 2020-21 hunting seasons. That’s more than half of all the positive tests discovered in the state. Last year, Bedford had 97 deer test positive for the disease..,

In this presentation from March 26, 2021, Bob Hagen, KU professor in the Environmental Studies Program, shares results from two ongoing studies that have used wildlife cameras to assess mammal communities at the University of Kansas Field Station. - April 7, 2021 Kansas


CWD-positive deer found on Beltrami County farm April 7, 2021 Pennsylvania, Bring Me The News
... The investigation stemmed from a Houston County farm where CWD was detected in October 2020... Through contact tracing, the board learned the farm owner in Beltrami County had purchased 11 animals from that same Winona County farm...

Help Shape Deer Hunting In Wisconsin April 7, 2021 Wisconsin, DNR News
... Anyone interested in helping shape local deer herd management preferences can submit comments online April 12-25. The online input tool for public comment will be available on April 12 on the DNR's CDAC webpage...

...  the wardens said they found enough evidence the men were hunting deer using bait... failure to report harvested deer as required by law, intentionally misrepresenting the location of their kills, and trespassing... 

...  a 3-year-old white-tailed doe at a Beltrami County farm has been confirmed positive for CWD...  a 3-year-old white-tailed doe at a Beltrami County farm has been confirmed positive for CWD...

...  Deer harvest is an important aspect of habitat management and conservation. Landowners enrolled in either the MLDP Harvest Option or Conservation Option can take advantage of extended season lengths and property-specific customized harvest opportunities...




The 2020 Deer Hunting Season Forecast August 12, 2020 Outdoor Life

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Leave that fawn alone, mom is probably nearby April 19, 2021 South Carolina, Berkeley Independent
... the fawn is better protected away from the doe at this age, as the doe is a more visible target for predators... If you notice a dead doe near the fawn, please call a wildlife rehabilitator...

... will "sleep on the couch, wake up and tap on the door when she's ready to leave" ... the Delaware Department of Natural Resources who let him know that allowing deer into the house is illegal possession of wildlife ...

South Carolina DNR says to leave fawns alone April 12, 2021 FOX Carolina
... mother deer often leave their fawns in safe locations while they search for food and rest... The SCDNR requests that if you notice a dead doe near a fawn, please call a wildlife rehabilitator...

... Adult female deer often stash their fawns in tall grass or brush for many hours while they are out foraging for food.  “It is a very common mistake to believe a fawn has been abandoned when it’s found alone, even if the mother has not been seen in the area for a long period of time,” ..,

...Ghosts of the Forest." That's the title of the book ... "The usual notion is that albino deer has to have pink eyes," said Bates." "But that's not the case."  The albino deer on the front of the book has bluish-grey eyes...

...  With seawalls on both sides, the doe had no way to escape the river...

Baby deer found lying next to dead mother rescued in Brevard Count - April 5, 2021 Florida


... The deer was standing in the road ... sped up and intentionally hit the deer, dragging the animal before it was thrown off the roadway... euthanized...

... 
the doe disappeared under the ice and down the side of the waterfall ... a “long 10-15 seconds,” the doe emerged from under the ice at the bottom of the falls ...

... a neighbor suggested Kelli flip the script and invite the deer out of the forest for a picnic...  “camellias, they love those ... We had several plates that were completely cleaned,” ...

Is Hawaii’s Lanai the Most Impeccable Island Getaway in the U.S.? March 25, 2021 Wall Street Journal
... ON LANAI, the smallest Hawaiian island, deer outnumber people about 10 to one ...  Larry Ellison, the billionaire tech mogul, owns 98% of the island, so he has about as much run of the place as the roughly 30,000 deer do...

New children’s book highlights wildlife crossing project March 24, 2021 Tennessee, Mountain Xpress
...  Interstate 40, and the journey Bear, Deer and their forest friends embark on is one that animals trying to cross face on a regular basis ... “We can’t let roadkill just be this elephant in the room and not deal with it,” ...

... 
There is a beautiful forest in Ontario, Canada where the deer cannot be hunted. They have no reason to fear humans ... After several apples, the deer casually ...

... watched and recorded video as an injured deer strung up by its neck struggled to stay alive, flailing around with its lower body and hind legs.  The deer died, and the video was posted on Facebook ...

... 
 saw four deer trotting along the ice, but two of them broke through. One of them was able to get back up, but the other was stuck ... tied the deer’s front hooves together and back hooves together ... People were just elated...

Dog and Deer Don't Shy Away From Public Display of Affection - March 12, 2021


... footage captured by a doorbell camera ... shows a driver accelerate into a herd of deer in North Ogden ... appears to "attack" the herd ...

 Firefighters help free deer stuck in New Jersey fence February 26, 2021 New Jersey, abc7NY
... 
Firefighters were able to bend the iron fence posts enough to free the deer's hind legs... the deer sprinted off...

Sika Deer, Creature Feature February 19, 2021 Maryland, Bay Weekly
... Sika deer have an 18-year lifespan, which is longer than the white-tailed deer... The sub-species introduced here from Japan in 1909 has faint spotting on their back...  They have been recorded as having ten distinct sounds..,

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