Deer Management News This Week

Better weather good for hunters, bad for deer January 19, 2020 Ohio,  The Columbus Dispatch
... The harvest total through Tuesday stood at 178,648, about 8.2% more than the 165,131 whitetails checked at the same point a year ago...

... In this year’s comp count, the Pioneer DAU (Unit 50) had the lowest fawn numbers with 57:100:27 (fawn/doe/buck), while the Mountain Valley DAU (Units 59A and 58) had the highest fawn ratio at 77:100:21.  “As a general rule, entering winter with fawn ratios of the upper 50s to low 60s means the population, given an average winter, will likely hold even,” ... The buck numbers are seriously low in several DAU’s. In the Caribou area (units 66 and 69), the count totals were 13 bucks per 100 does, and in the Island Park DAU there was only 18 per 100 adult females...

... After being nearly wiped out in the late 1800s, the [elk] are making a comeback in Skagit Valley. Local tribes are thrilled, but the agricultural industry is not... Tribal member Scott Schuyler says compromise is difficult because of the pervasive belief that neither elk nor tribes belong in the valley...

Second moose tests positive for CWD January 18, 2020 Montana, Daily Inter Lake
... A second moose has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Northwest Montana.  A hunter harvested the bull moose during the last week of the general hunting season near Fawn Creek just southeast of Libby ...

Idaho Works to Make Travel Safer—for Drivers and Big Game January 17, 2020 Pew Charitable Trusts
... More than 100 mule deer die each year from vehicle collisions along a short section of U.S. Highway 30 ... Idaho Fish and Game and the state Transportation Department are working together to design a solution to help wildlife safely cross this segment of Highway 30 ...

... In response to a decline in deer populations in some pockets of the state due, in part, to adverse weather conditions and the animals falling prey to cougars in recent years, state wildlife officials issued an “emergency” increase of 117 cougar harvest objectives in 11 areas across Utah .., [Graph from Utah DWR]

... City Manager Jeff Looney emphasized that officials aren’t telling residents they can’t feed the deer.  “They want people to still feed the deer by hand in spreading of the feed for them,” he said. “You can do that. They want to discontinue the automatic feeders.” ...

Final deer season count is 285,483 January 17, 2020 columbiamissourian.com
... preliminary report showing 285,483 deer were killed.  Of the deer, 133,914 were antlered bucks, 27,931 were button bucks, and 123,638 were does... Hunters took 290,224 deer during the 2018-2019 overall deer hunting season ...

Deer Test Positive for CWD January 17, 2020 North Dakota, NDGF News
... Eight deer taken during the 2019 North Dakota deer gun season tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... All were antlered deer taken from areas previously known to have CWD – six from unit 3F2 and two from 3A1 ..,

Three Counties Have CWD Status Changed January 16, 2020 Tennessee, TWRA News
... Haywood and Chester counties have be reclassified from high risk counties to CWD-positive counties after deer tested positive in the respective counties. Lauderdale County has been added as a high-risk county after a deer tested positive in Tipton County within 10 miles of the Lauderdale County border...

... A Denver District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit opposing Colorado wildlife officials’ plan to kill black bears and mountain lions as a way of boosting mule deer populations on the West Slope....

California “Deer Factory” on the decline January 15, 2020 The Willits News
... the term “Deer Factory” is a by-gone term for the northern remote mountains of California, called the B-Zones. Fifty years ago it was normal on a walk through the woods to see 40-50 deer in a day ... Today, few bucks are seen and the greater numbers of deer we once saw regularly, have vanished largely in northwestern California...

North Fork deer herds are threatened January 15, 2020 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... decline of the mule deer and white-tailed deer herds on the North Fork of the Shoshone River... attributed to, the harsh winters of 2016-17, and very healthy wolf, grizzly bear and mountain lion populations... The wolves more than any other predator follow the deer to the Central Plateau ...

... the total Eastern Panhandle count for Chronic Wasting Disease for the 2019-2020 hunting season is 22 hunter-harvested deer out of 716 samples ... Added to figures from June 2019, the total number of confirmed CWD cases in deer in the Eastern Panhandle is 398 ...

A family in Garfield County, Utah is outraged after accusing a Division of Wildlife Resource Officer of trespassing onto their property to kill a domesticated deer. - January 14, 2020 Utah

... Law enforcement in two southern Utah counties are investigating threats towards a conservation officer who shot a domesticated deer ...  which [the family] had rescued at its birth ....The DWR tells FOX 13 they are still reviewing the incident and are working with the family to come to a resolution and to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again...
... The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources met with multiple sheriffs following an incident in which a conservation officer went on private property to euthanize a deer  ..“(The DWR) thinks they can do whatever they want, and they’ve overstepped their bounds here,” ...

Local group starts wildlife survey, concerned about predators January 14, 2020 Washington, Eastern Washington Statesmen Examiner
... ungulate herds appear to be declining at a rate that should be making state officials nervous. Instead, he claims that biologists with Fish and Wildlife seem to be underreporting the number of predators and over-reporting deer, elk and moose populations to make the situation look better than it is... The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is asking local residents and hunters to fill out a survey ...

... a plan for sharpshooters to kill up to 30 white-tailed deer ... will cost about $20,000... pregnant does would be targeted...

... Three white-tailed deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease at a deer farm in Newaygo County... three 4-year-old deer ... Since 2008, the disease has been detected in four other privately-owned deer facilities from Kent, Mecosta and Montcalm counties ....

Enzychem Lifesciences Corp (KOSDAQ:183490) CEO Ki Young Sohn sat down with Proactive’s Christine Corrado at the Biotech Showcase 2020 in San Francisco. The South Korea and New Jersey-based biopharma company's lead compound is an immune resolution accelerator that is derived from deer antlers, with the potential to be used for a variety of indications. - January 14, 2020


EHD, ODFW IDs cause of NE Oregon 2,000-deer die-off January 13, 2020 Oregon, 
KTVZ
... Tests conducted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarians have confirmed that Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is responsible for the die-off of an estimated 2,000 white-tailed deer in Eastern Oregon ... in late fall ...

... "Forty years ago, there were no white-tailed deer anywhere near here ... the lower Texas-Mexico border ... Today, the white-tailed deer are all over the place. And so it's been a huge success."  Fish and Wildlife told NPR that the border wall may impact 8,839 acres of native habitat on 30 separate tracts of its land... "... staff have worked on this issue for decades and decades. And it's being torn down in front of our eyes." ...

... Thirteen percent of the white-tailed deer in the town of Libby could be infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD), the highest prevalence rate in the state... FWP is already trapping deer within city limits to reduce population numbers ... Now t
he agency hopes to get permission from the state wildlife commission to sell an unlimited number of white-tailed deer tags..

Wildlife group surveys public on cougar concerns January 13, 2020 Washington, Capital Press
... In recent years, the region's cougar populations have increased, impacting deer, elk and moose populations ... Magart expects the 2019 deer harvest to be the lowest on record  ... With less prey, the cougars are moving closer to towns ...

... the elk were killed [206 elk] as part of a research project with a graduate student from the University of Idaho... The research was looking at ways to help keep elk off private property and prevent them from damaging crops. The research identified four different methods to see which was most effective. One of those methods was sharpshooting ...

BLM's Carlsbad plan must balance oil and wildlife January 13, 2020 New Mexico, Albuquerque Journal
... The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to release a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Carlsbad area ... wants to make nearly 97% of the planning area available to oil and gas leasing... key habitat for pronghorn, deer and a variety of upland game birds, and that habitat has been increasingly stressed by energy development...

Chronic Wasting Disease, DNR is right, but should grant leeway  January 13, 2020 Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald
... Four years ago, Minnesota wild deer had no cases of chronic wasting disease ... by late 2019, there were 76 confirmed cases of CWD in Minnesota wild deer.  Many wildlife biologists and hunters believe the quick rise can be attributed to Minnesota deer farms ... 

... As of Dec. 3, the commission has confirmed 770 cases of the disease in Arkansas. Of those, 664, or 86%, are in Newton, Boone and Carroll counties... At least one case has been found in 13 of Arkansas' 75 counties, all in northern Arkansas...\

... Scientists have come to consider these ancient routes as critical habitat warranting state protection. With mule deer population numbers hovering near historic lows, the state has been debating how to avoid losing this animal ... Wyoming is home to roughly 400,000 mule deer and about half the world’s pronghorn population...

DNR deer goal sessions among upcoming ways to get involved January 12, 2020 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... A series of workshops across northwest Minnesota beginning later this month present an opportunity for the many deer hunters in that part of the state to get involved in the Department of Natural Resources’ process for setting deer population goals...

... Chronic wasting disease, or CWD ... Nearly all the infected and suspected deer were in north Mississippi, including 25 killed or found in Benton County and 10 in adjacent Marshall County ...

Utah cities and counties looking to restrict hunting January 11, 2020 Salt Lake Tribune
... Hunters are increasingly stalking deer and elk near homes and recreation areas, such as Park City’s Round Valley and Huntsville’s Cemetery Point, that didn’t exist a generation ago.  Yet those cities have zero authority to ban or even regulate hunting on these lands, and some locally elected leaders want to change that to protect the public...

CWD-infected Douglas County deer traced to Pine County farm  January 11, 2020 Minnesota, TwinCities.com
... Both deer that were living on the Douglas County farm were killed earlier to stop the spread of the fatal brain disease. Both farms must fence off their deer pens to keep wild deer out and keep biohazard signs posted around them for five years...

White-tailed deer in southwest Montana tests positive for CWD January 10, 
Explore Big Sky
... A white-tailed deer harvested during the general hunting season by a hunter in the Ruby Valley in southwest Montana has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Ruby Valley deer was harvested on private land about a mile west of Sheridan ...

... A deer cull plan involving bait piles and sharpshooters ... would involve the “harvest” of up to 30 deer ... total cost is estimated at around $20,000...

Elk found dead from eating corn in northern Wisconsin January 10, 2020 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... An elk was found dead Jan. 2 in northern Wisconsin after it ate corn put out by a landowner in a misguided attempt to help wildlife, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  The animal died from rumen acidosis ...

Amendments to wildlife regulations proposed January 9, 2020 Kentucky, Morehead News
... The proposed regulation would only allow deboned meat, antlers, antlers attached to clean skull, a clean skull, clean upper canine teeth, hides and finished taxidermy products to be brought into Kentucky.  The second proposed change would require double fencing on all new and expansions of existing captive cervid facilities ...

Lakeway pursues permit to trap, transport deer January 9, 2020  Texas, Austin American-Statesmen
...  the first step toward a state permit application to trap, transport and transplant ... white-tailed deer ... an applicant must trap and euthanize 15 deer within the trap site, testing them for chronic wasting disease ... Parks and Wildlife requires the test results before it will issue a permit...

State white-tailed deer management plan calls for research, hunter opportunities January 9, 2020 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press
... Some hunters, according to the latest survey, were dissatisfied with hunter congestion in some areas, caused primarily by out-of-state deer and elk hunters, and with the low percentage of large — more than 5-point — whitetails... The sport adds around $30 million annually to the state’s economy, according to IDFG ...

Minnesota deer farmer locks horns with DNR over transport ban January 8, 2020 TwinCities.com
... A northwest Minnesota deer farmer and former Kittson County sheriff says he’ll show his trophy bucks at a St. Paul sportsmen’s show ... despite an emergency rule the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued last month that temporarily prohibits the movement of all white-tailed deer within the state... after chronic wasting disease was discovered in a farmed white-tailed deer in Douglas County...

Wildlife group questioning city's deer management plan January 8, 2020 Iowa, kwwl.com
... Iowa City Deer Friends showed counselors pictures Tuesday of deer carcasses found at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in early December, claiming they had been shot during the city program and left to rot... "We can't imagine a scenario other than that these were deer killed by White Buffalo," ...

In a first, researchers find CWD prions in deer semen January 8, 2020 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... For the first time, researchers have documented chronic wasting disease prions in semen from white-tailed deer at U.S. deer farms, according to a recently-published paper...

Essex County, Deer Cull Will Return To Essex County For 2020: Dates, Locations  January 8, 2020 New Jersey, Patch
... Hunters will be stationed at South Mountain and Hilltop reservations. Over the past 12 years, more than 2,600 deer have been killed...

... Ohio’s hunters killed 10,615 deer during the muzzleloader season ... During the 2019 season, 14,168 deer were taken ... Approximately 370,000 people have hunted deer in Ohio this year ...

... preliminary fall deer hunt numbers...  16,479 deer taken during the fall deer hunting seasons ...

... nearly 1/4 of the cases of CWD at Wisconsin deer farms were reported in just the last year.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, 405 cases of CWD have been reported at deer farms in the last decade... 

... The growths are a type of virus known as “deer warts,” ... humans and farm animals can’t get the virus from deer and the condition is known to clear up, if given enough time...

Overall Deer Numbers Are Stable in Iowa January 7, 2020 Iowa, raccoonvalleyradio.com
... the harvest numbers have been averaging 100,000 deer...   “So that tells you that the deer herd is staying really stable, it’s right where the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) wants it. Compared to 2005 when we had our peak deer harvest of over 200,000 deer. We’re harvesting just half the number of deer we did 15 years ago, so it’s probably safe to assume the deer herd itself is half the size that it was 15 years ago.” [Iowa increase hunting pressure around 2005 to reduce the deer herd] ..,

Helena suspends deer culling due to budget cuts January 7, 2020 Montana, Independent Record
... The city began culling deer in 2008 by trapping them in pens ... This is the first fall and winter the city has not culled since then... the city plans to survey the deer population this fall, which is required by FWP in order to cull ...

Scott's deer harvest is stunningly low January 7, 2020 Tennessee, Independent Herald
... As the statewide firearms hunting season closed Sunday evening, there had been a total of 438 deer harvested in Scott County during the 2019-2020 deer hunts ... down more than 25 percent from last year’s harvest of 587. It wasn’t quite as bad as 2017’s harvest of 390 deer — the year the EHD outbreak occurred ..,
... we described the detection of CWD prions in semen and sexual tissues of WTD [white-tailed deer] bucks ... Our findings reveal the presence of CWD prions in semen and sexual tissues of prion infected WTD bucks. Future studies will be necessary to determine whether sexual contact and/or artificial inseminations are plausible means of CWD transmission in susceptible animal species...

Ann Arbor, Protesters rally against deer cull in Ann Arbor January 7, 2020 Michigan, MLive 
... “City Council is still voting to spend almost a million dollars to kill deer for really no tangible reason,” said Terry Abrams ... “They talk about deer car collisions and deer browsing plants, but there really hasn’t been an increase in either of those.” ...

Utah's deer herds are struggling... don't be fooled by all the bullshit. Finding older age class mature bucks in UTAH to film is becoming almost impossible . Simply finding and filming a 5 year or older age class buck on public hunted utah lands is a joke. Even our beloved top tier trophy units are in trouble. We've become too efficient at killing our deer. The playing field needs to be leveled. OUR MULE DEER need a chance to rebound or they will be gone forever. We had healthy deer herds in the 70's and 80's... what happened. We can keep drinking the kool-aid or do something about it. January 6, 2020 Utah


... allow archery hunts in the parks to help reduce the deer overpopulation... their biggest concern is public safety. They had 57 accidents involving deer in 2019 ...

Ohio has thousands of auto accidents caused by deer January 5, 2020 Sandusky Register
...  Tonkovich said he doesn’t have an estimate for the statewide deer population, but said in general, Ohio’s deer population seems to have increased for the last five years. He cautioned that local reports differ and some areas may see higher populations than others.  Ohio hunters harvested 167,000 deer in 2019 at last report, and the final number will likely be about 190,000 for 2019 ...

The cost of management: TPWD proposes fee to underwrite MLDP program cost January 5, 2019 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph
...  Managed Lands Deer Permit... the program has grown to more than 12,000 properties covering almost 28.5 million acres... it allows the harvest of deer without using a license tag within an individual property’s quota and it offers an extended season... Based on current participation, the fee would generate about $1.8 million...

... The Missouri Department of Conservation said recently that it had confirmed 24 new cases of CWD in Missouri, out of about 27,000 tissue samples collected this season. That brings the state's total to 140 confirmed cases out of the 130,000 deer that Missouri has tested in the last decade.  CWD was first confirmed in Missouri in 2012....




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Deer in the News

... 
 Residents in southeastern Utah quickly fell in love with an extremely rare melanistic mule deer that frolicked through their yards ... name him “Coal” for his extremely rare dark coat... they had found Coal dead in their backyard... appeared frail ...

Two whitetail bucks are locked in deadly combat. Their antlers entwined, the only hope for survival is human assistance. The Wyoming Game and Fish warden uses a saw to cut an antler and successfully frees the lucky one. Although he staggers away, he should fully recover from his ordeal. - January 14, 2020


One of my mom's colleagues raises #deer and one of them became friends with his dog. - January 14, 2020


Deer-Abuse Charges Filed January 10, 2020 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission today filed charges against two Brookville, Pa. teenagers who recorded social-media videos of themselves holding down and repeatedly kicking an immobile white-tailed deer...  Each faces two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty ... The Nov. 30 incident for which Smith and his accomplice were charged has been seen by thousands of people worldwide who viewed the videos..,

... Rescuers punched their way through the ice for more than 45 minutes trying to herd the deer to shore... It took off into the nearby woods...

This little deer loves to come for a visit for an apple. Every day, she shows up at our back door, we open the door, and she walks in for an apple. - January 8, 2020


... on Facebook last week, which shows the deer walking in a neighborhood street alongside his son... It’s the coolest and craziest thing I have ever seen. A beautiful healthy doe, just cruising the neighborhood...

  Nassau County police rescue 2 deer stuck in fence in Muttontown January 7, 2020 New York, ABC 7 New York
... One of the officers used a car jack to loosen the gate and set the two deer free, unharmed...

... Cryptorchid deer ... have traits of both genders, the strangest of which is a full growth of hair, or velvet, that remains on their antlers throughout their life ...

... A North Dakota neighborhood has adopted an unusual community pet.  Meet Jonnie the deer... A resident and her son rescued the doe from the side of the road three years ago. She was found next to her dead mother with a broken leg. The family nursed the fawn back to health...


 
NC man spots rare piebald deer in neighborhood January 4, 2020 North Carolina, We Are Iowa
... Piebald deer have blotches of white on portions of their fur that are usually dark, while albino deer lack pigmentation and are completely white...

CNY village of Pulaski erecting statue of Bella, its beloved deer January 2, 2020 New York, newyorkupstate.com
... A group of community-minded residents and business officials are working on keeping the memory of a Bella, a beloved white-tailed deer that disappeared back in 2017, alive for generations to come.  The group, P.R.O.P. (Preservation and Revitalization of Pulaski), has raised more than $3,500 in donations and grant money to build a bronze statue of Bella ...

... the King of Carson, the great wild buck who is often seen munching on the grasses along the west side, generally accompanied by a dozen or more does and fawns.  Last weekend, the Deer King found himself in a bit of a pickle after getting himself and his massive antlers tangled with what appeared to be a clothesline...

 Deer dies 2 weeks after being wounded by arrow near Cherokee Park January 2, 2019 Kentucky, WAVE Louisville 
... 
There are concerns in the Highlands about the safety of people and animals after a deer was hit with an arrow and wasn't found to put it out of its misery for a couple of weeks...

Hunter fatally shot father, daughter after mistaking them for deer January 1, 2019 South Carolina, Live5News.com
...  the Drawdys and two other hunters were deer driving, moving deer near to the area where they were set up to hunt...

... a film about three women following a scrawny, pregnant mule deer on its spring migration from its wintering grounds near LaBarge, Wyo., over the Wyoming Range, to an alpine cirque in the Salt River Range — about 85 miles...

I spotted this deer stuck in a fence. Luckily we were able to free it. - December 29, 2019


Dog and wild deer playing - December 27, 2019


The other 364 days of the year: The real lives of wild reindeer December 25, 2019 Alaska, Lake County News
... Caribou, North America’s wild reindeer ... the only deer species where males and females both grow antlers. Females and young males have antlers that are similar in size, but males older than 2 or 3 years have much larger antlers.  Caribou and reindeer have been around for more than a million years ...

Deer and Snow - December 27, 2019


... The zoo is offering a live reindeer cam showing four adorable deer -- Mabel, Junebug, Abby and Forest... [click on the Youtube player to see the live stream]

Reindeer stopped in traffic on way to meet Santa, police say December 20, 2019 Indiana, Northwest Indiana Times
... a driver called police after they thought they saw a live deer in the back of a van driving through Schererville ...The reindeer was later spotted Thursday at Protsman Elementary School in Dyer accompanied by a man in a festive hat, red tunic and striped tights, presumably a North Pole elf...

We harvest crops, not sensitive, breathing animals December 18, 2019 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... When did the word “harvest” become an acceptable term for the killing of a sentient animal? Employing a combine to a grain crop will yield a harvest, as will a squadron of chainsaw-bearing loggers to a stand of timber...

... Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say they were forced to put down a deer that was found walking around with an arrow in its head...

... 200 fawns she lovingly rehabilitates each year. Her mission is to simulate a doe’s nurturing, heal the fawns physically and prepare them mentally to go out and thrive... her nonprofit organization Kindred Spirits Farm Rescue ...

Deer trapped on icy pond is rescued after nearly 24 hours December 17, 2019 New Jersey, Livingston Ledger
... The Roxbury Township police called the rescue ‘impossible‘ and urged people not to try to save the deer themselves ... A rescue team went out on the pond in an amphibious vehicle, but it broke through the ice and took on water.  Members of the team were wearing thick wetsuits and no one was injured in the process...  [the deer is ] being well taken care of at the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary...

... The 39-year-old teacher is one of many Idaho hunters who say they’re often hit with blowback when they post hunting photos online. To avoid the onslaught of vitriol, some of them are changing the way they hunt and share their stories on social media...

...  video has just reached us of a deer using its antlers, and a deft bit of skill, to beautifully finish off a move and nestle a ball into the bottom corner of the net...


5 things to know about reindeer December 13, 2019 Michigan, MLive.com
... Are they caribou?  The FDA maintains they are the same species, but The University of Alaska Fairbanks refers to them as subspecies and lists several differences between the two. Shorter-in-stature reindeer are widely domesticated in Europe and larger caribou live in the wilds of North America. Only North Americans refer to wild reindeer as caribou, according to the university...




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