Deer Management News This Week

Free Webinar Addresses Multi-Year Reversible Contraception For Wild Horses And Deer August 14, 2020 Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control 
... The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC) will host a free webinar addressing the development, assessment and application of PZP-22 controlled-release vaccine as a wildlife management tool, with a focus on wild horses and deer.  "PZP-22: Multi-Year Reversible Contraception for Wild Horses and Deer" is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at 1:00 PM (EDT)... For more information or to register visit wildlifefertilitycontrol.org/pzp22/...

... The Dry Piney area is ranked third out of 42 hot spots for wildlife crashes identified in the state of Wyoming...

Hunters asked to shoot more deer in CWD areas August 13, 20020 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... A new disease management plan favors a tactic used in other CWD-ravaged states, in which deer populations are reduced in areas where the disease is expected to spread...

Genetic selection may reduce CWD among farmed deer August 12, 2020 Texas, American Veterinary Medical Association
... Dr. Seabury said his team also plans to study susceptibility in wild deer populations. State wildlife agencies could use that information to relocate white-tailed deer with reduced susceptibility into areas where, for example, anthrax killed substantial numbers of deer...

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

MDC reminds hunters and others of new CWD regulations for cervid carcasses August 12, 2020 Missouri Department of Conservations
... Deer harvested in CWD Management Zone counties must be telechecked before any parts of the carcass may be transported out of the county of harvest.
Whole carcasses and heads of deer harvested in CWD Management Zone counties may only be transported out of the county of harvest if the carcass is delivered to a licensed meat processor and/or taxidermist within 48 hours of exiting the county of harvest..,

Maine IFW approves record number of any-deer permits August 12, 2020 Portland Press Herald
... State biologists say the hefty boost in permits is needed to reach the state’s doe-harvest goal of 13,000 to reduce the state’s white-tailed deer population of nearly 300,000..,

... The 24th year of Montgomery County, Maryland’s deer population control plan ... More than 20,000 deer have been killed over the years ...

...  recently published the results of a pilot study in Nature ... If successful, they will have developed the first effective oral vaccine against anthrax for wildlife. “The preliminary results showed that this concept has potential, so now we are starting up a deer study ...

... biologists estimate that Utah's deer populations have seen a decrease in the past year, primarily due to drought conditions in the spring, summer and fall of 2018, followed by a heavy winter in 2019. Elk populations are estimated to have a slightly decreasing trend, but are fairly stable..,

Mule deer being captured in Bighorns August 11, 2020 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
... The goals of the study are to identify mule deer seasonal range and habitat use and document fawn production and three-to-six month fawn survival rates.  On March 5, 25 does were captured ... and fitted with radio collars ...

Officials loading up on public input as they set sights for 2021 deer hunting regulations August 11, 2020 Michigan, WLNS
... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hunting for advice and inviting the public to provide input at two virtual open house events next week... on Thursday evening (August 20th) and Friday afternoon (August 21st)...

Wisconsin DNR asks for public’s help in tracking deer population August 11, 2020 We Are Green Bay
... Operation Deer Watch – it’s an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer and gives residents an opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts... Participants are invited to report their deer sightings through an
online form...

South and East Texas deer forecast August 10, 2020 Victoria Advocate
... South Texas Brush Country ... The season ended very dry. Ranches with supplemental feed program fared better... estimates 438,000 deer with densities ranging from 15 deer/1,000 acres to 40/1,000. Sex ratio is about 2.2 does/buck ... East Texas has roughly 286,000 deer and densities range from 7.88 deer/1,000 acres in the southern portion to 25.25/1,000 in the center ..,

Comparing Survival and Movements of Non‐Urban and Urban Translocated Mule Deer  CA Wright, IT Adams, P Stent, AT Ford - The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2020 British Columbia
... Annual survival of translocated deer was 0.48 and was significantly lower than survival of non‐urban deer, which was 0.77. We observed 20 of 57 collared translocated deer return to a town after translocation... 

100th wildlife management area established in Vermont August 9, 2020 Vermont, San Francisco Chronicle
... The 526-acre property in Shrewsbury is “a key parcel in a strategic, state-significant wildlife corridor, connecting state land to the north with federal and privately conserved land to the south,” ...

... Throughout the months of August and September, anyone who observes deer in the state is encouraged to report how many bucks, does, and fawns they see via an online form ... it will give us a fawn-to-doe ratio and tell us how successful our does are at reproducing ... the survey ...

Report of poached deer leads to surprising suspect August 6, 2020 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
... Lentsch noted bobcat tracks near the partially cached carcass and determined a bobcat was responsible for killing the deer, rather than illegal human activity... he captured video footage of the bobcat coming back to feed on its prize ...

Retired doctor turns toward conservation August 5, 2020 Oregon, Herald and News
... Among the projects is a fundraising campaign to help complete the construction of wildlife crossing to protect migratory deer and elk — and motorists — on Highway 97 ... “More deer are killed by motorists than by hunters,”  ...

... non-lethal methods of preventing elk depredation are starting to pay off... hey're focusing on non-lethal methods like hazing that uses noisemakers and other methods to scare elk away from crops...

CWC's Patient of the Week: Mule deer fawn August 5, 2020 California, The Malibu Surfside News
... Deer are prone to a condition called capture myopathy, which is caused by stress when they are handled or trapped by people or predators. Extreme overexertion and strain of the nervous system can lead to muscular breakdown... Once it occurs, rehabilitators can only provide supportive care ... Staff tried hand-feeding the deer wild grape leaves ...

... if your issue is flowers in a neighborhood, it makes no sense to wipe out a family of deer and have 50 more come in. ... DeNicola told of how contraception or sterilization can be expensive, at a cost of about $1,000 per deer, but that it can be a more effective way of reducing the number of deer within a community...

... A 50,000 increase from last year.  “That gives you a real good idea of the health of the herd right now," ..,

Iowa City prepares for inaugural bow hunt this fall August 4, 2020 Iowa, Iowa City Press Citizen
... in order to get a sharpshoot permit from the Iowa governor-appointed Natural Resource Commission, Iowa City Council had to agree to four years of 30-day bow hunt seasons. Tuesday night, the council will have the first of three considerations on an ordinance amending city code to allow a person to discharge an arrow ...

... the General Assembly passed legislation to create a Wildlife Corridor Action Plan, an effort to identify hotspots and recommend crossing projects – such as overpasses or underpasses – that might make life easier for both animals and humans ... collisions with deer alone cost an average of around $533 million per year ...

Hill Country/West Texas deer forecast  August 4, 2020 Wilson County News
... Texas white-tailed deer population has grown to an estimated 5.5 million deer ... Statewide, good rains fell at the right time (April, May, June) to spur vegetation ... The Hill Country has the most whitetails in Texas, nearly 2.37 million... populations in western areas of the region are down due to an anthrax outbreak last year... The Eastern and Western Rolling Plains ... are lower due to sparse rainfall..,

Preventing Animal-Vehicle Crashes using a Smart Detection Technology and Warning System C Druta, AS Alden - Transportation Research Record, 2020, Virginia
... buried cable animal detection system (BCADS) to provide roadside or in-vehicle warnings to approaching drivers based on the active presence of an animal ... approximately 80% of drivers either braked or slowed in response, indicating that the sign was effective. A 75% reduction in deer-vehicle crashes was observed in the first year after system deployment...

... an outbreak of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease... Sick animals may have excessive salivation such as drooling or foaming at the mouth, diarrhea, regurgitation or seizures. They often seek water ... The last large outbreak in California was in 1993 and 1994, when thousands grew sick and died in 17 California counties...

Deer population in PWS (Prince William Sound) still looking good August 3, 2020 Alaska, The cordova Times
... Almost every location had more pellet groups observed than the previous year... the two “population crashes” we have observed (1999 and 2012) showed an initial drop in pellets observed accompanying the carcasses...This winter didn’t have much snow until late January. January and February were colder than recent years (and the “big winters”) but all other months were warmer, the spring came fast ...

There are dozens of GPS-collared elk in western North Dakota providing state Game and Fish Department big game biologists much needed information to better manage the elk population. Mike Anderson explains in this week’s segment of North Dakota Outdoors.


... Beavers are so abundant in Voyageurs National Park that they may be helping moose populations by becoming food for wolves... a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out...

How to keep deer out of your garden August 3, 2020 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... An estimated 94 percent of Maine is considered habitat for deer ... deer are less attracted to things like onions, garlic, rhubarb and “fuzzy, spiky” plants like squash and cucumbers... perennials like black-eyed susan, foxglove, cardinal flower and bergamot ... a list of deer resistant plants from Maine.gov ..,

WV Natural Resources Commission narrowly rejects lower buck limit August 2, 2020 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail
... The state’s buck limit had stood at three since 1995, when the commission reversed a 1994 decision to lower the limit to two. In recent years, pressure from members of two hunter groups — West Virginians for Better Buck Management and the Quality Deer Management Association — convinced some commission members to consider a reduction...

Biologist details Pa. CWD response plan August 1, 2020 Pennsylvania, Sharonherald
... Korman described “established areas” as those where CWD single cases will be maintained at or below 5% ... “This 5% threshold was chosen because states like Wisconsin, West Virginia and Colorado have data that show once this threshold is crossed, these prevalence increase drastically, making management of the disease even more difficult,” ...

... The Woodside Treasurer's report shows that the February deer cull cost a total of $42,593 for the removal of 100 deer... Ongoing costs will include the annual deer count survey estimated at $4,000, which is required by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.  The city still requires a fee of $6,250, and the sharpshooters that would conduct a future cull would require a fee of $200 per deer ...

... Road-crossing behavior was influenced heavily by proximity to concealing cover; deer only crossed when the nearest cover was located on the opposite side of the road. We contend that frontal vehicle illumination via rearfacing lighting has potential to greatly reduce vehicle collisions with deer and other species...

... annual urban deer hunt ... Application cost is $10 per hunter ... Bow and crossbow hunting is permitted ...

... Tests initiated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that a wild deer near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota’s Houston County died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a viral infection to which members of the deer family are susceptible.   Although not confirmed, EHD is suspected in the death of other nearby deer..,

... Oregon Department of Transportation says the underpasses have reduced wildlife-vehicle crashes by 95 percent along the highway... The Oregon Hunter's Association and the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Foundation have put up nearly $500,000 to provide fences...

Collaborative effort to reduce costly collisions July 29, 2020 Wyoming, Buffalo Bulletin
... In any given year, vehicle collisions can kill up to 4% of Wyoming’s total mule deer population. Local mulies are already struggling... commissioners expressed support for work on all three of the wildlife crossing projects presented ...

Mule deer captures to begin in northern Bighorns July 29, 2020 Wyoming, WGFD News
... The goals of the study are to identify mule deer seasonal range and habitat use and document fawn production and three-to-six month fawn survival rates.  On March 5, 2020, 25 does were captured on winter range on the eastern and western foothills of the Bighorns and fitted with radio collars by a professional wildlife capture crew..,

   Agency takes emergency action in response to discovery of chronic wasting disease in farmed deer in Douglas County.  The Department of Natural Resources today issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state...

DNR offers opportunity to discuss deer population goals July 29, 2020 Minnesota, EIN News
... Minnesotans can take an active role in helping shape deer population goals across the state by attending local workshops designed to increase inclusiveness and transparency in the Department of Natural Resources’ decision-making process... workshops replace the citizen advisory committees and public meetings that were used during the last round of deer goal setting in 2017...

... During experiments with free-roaming white-tailed deer, researchers at the Wildlife Services program’s National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) found the use of a rear-facing light-emitting diode (LED) light bar resulted in fewer dangerous deer-vehicle interactions...The light bar illuminates a larger portion of the vehicle’s front surface than standard headlights alone ...






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Deer in the News

This man found a fawn where? Its momma had a good hiding spot  August 9, 2020 Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger
... a deer fawn hiding behind a planter on his front porch ... Does have been known to bed their fawns near homes, apparently for safety... if you find a fawn, leave it alone because the mother is most likely nearby and will return to care for it...


  Bystander helps wardens save injured deer in lake August 6, 2019 Wisconsin, Kenosha News
... a deer was stuck in the lake near Conference Point and was unable to get to shore because of the property’s steep slope... After meeting the deer about 75 yards off shore, Spiezia was able to position himself to direct the frightened animal back toward shore...

  Meet Bill Dixon, a former hunter who became a deer whisperer July 31, 2020 Virginia, Daily Press
... Bill Dixon rehabilitates orphaned baby deer that have been brought to his home on the western shoreline of Back Bay in Virginia Beach. A lifelong hunter, the walls of his home are adorned with trophy deer mounts. Helping save young animals has given him another perspective...

2 mule deer fawns approach my camp in Wyoming's Thunder Basin National Grassland - August 1, 2020


 ‘Bambi is safe’ Clay County deputies rescue baby deer July 23, 2020 Florida, News4Jax6h
 ...  it looked like the fawn had been there all night.  “He was so tired when he walked away. His poor legs were almost limp like he was exhausted from trying to get out,” ...

Patient of the week: Mule deer fawns July 22, 2020 California, The Malibu Surfside News
... California Wildlife Center is caring for five orphaned mule deer fawns... When the deer first arrive, they are bottle-fed goat's milk because it is gentle on the stomach. They are slowly transitioned to a milk replacement formula specific to their species... All five deer had to be treated for a viral infection ...

... two strangers on their property who said their unleashed dog had pursued a fawn there ... After requesting that the men leave, the homeowners found the injured fawn trying to conceal itself under a shrub. Its back legs appeared to be broken and it was unable to stand...

White-tailed deer are well known for their peaceful demeanor, and they often visit the area around the Stahahe Regional Nature Museum at Harriman State Park, NY. Please enjoy these peaceful clips of our close encounters with them. - July 21, 2020 New York


... Two Long Branch Police officers, Animal Control Supervisor, Deb Nagel, and Beach Supervisor ... ll worked together to get the deer ashore at the beach ...

Astoria, Oregon, USA


#Fiona the fawn that was born with no eyes goes to her permanent sanctuary!


WY Game and Fish Untangles Lassoed Deer July 15, 2020 Wyoming, mybighornbasin
... While deer becoming entangled isn’t too unusual a call for Game and Fish, this incident was no accident. The deer had been deliberately roped ...


Three arrested after deer killed July 15, 2020 Delaware, Delaware State News
... a deer was struck by a vehicle on July 9 and died after allegedly suffering from “cruel acts” by the defendants ... charged with felony cruelty to animals ...

... For the past few years, a white deer has made her way around the city, prancing around backyards, being spotted by residents and captivating hearts.  Most refer to her as "Snow," ...

Tribute to our beloved Donnie the Deer - July 13, 2020



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A frightened baby deer had fallen into a building window ... the animal, described as over-caffeinated, didn't appreciate the police officer's help ... repeatedly slide through his hands back into the well...

...The new owners of Deer Haven Park, the site near Seneca Lake where white deer roam, are getting set to open the park to drive-thru auto tours...

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