Deer Management News This Week

...  recent Caltrans studies indicate more than 1,000 mule deer have been killed along Highway 89 in the Loyalton-Truckee area over the past 27 years ... It’s really making sure these deer can use the habitat like they always have....

Ottawa Hills, Bid to kill deer denied May 4, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... ODNR ... explained why a summertime type kill would not be productive.  “It is critical to remove female deer from the population to have a decline in the population ... This time of the year is not ideal to identify bucks from does... if shed bucks are misidentified as does, the effort will not be nearly as effective…”

Deer management program elicits mixed reviews May 3, 2016 New Jersey, Union News Daily
...  deer reproduction is dependent on the food supply. It’s called artificial abundance. You kill off half the deer. Now there is twice the food to go around. Now they have more room to spread out and they reproduce more... When you start killing them, they start fleeing and that’s how they end up in suburban neighborhoods...

Ann Arbor, City Council unanimously passes 2017 budget May 3, 2016 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
... includes $35,000 to study non-lethal alternatives to the city’s controversial deer cull ... “Let Ann Arbor once more be a leader,” McGee said. “Let’s unite this community behind something positive, and let’s benchmark non-lethal methods for deer management in the state of Michigan.” ...

... building a shelter to go over hay [alfalfa] ... “It’s to make the deer more visible, to pull them up,” Schuette said. “They won’t eat the hay because it is wet and full of goose poop.”...

Wyoming bans aircraft for spotting during hunting season May 3, 2016 Jackson Hole News&Guide
... This prohibits a person who intentionally takes a plane or drone out to find animals to hunt them ...

KK Crane, JC Mosley, TK Mosley, RA Frost, MA Smith… - … Ecology & Management, 2016
... We evaluated elk foraging site selection during spring across 4 years and 59,040 ha [hectare] of foothill and mountain rangeland in northwestern Wyoming and west-central Montana ...  Our results indicate that resource managers can use targeted cattle grazing in summer − early fall to purposely modify elk forage conditions to 1) increase elk foraging efficiency in spring, 2) lure elk away from places needing rest or deferment from spring elk grazing, or 3) lure elk away from places where elk in spring are experiencing conflicts with humans, predators, or other wildlife....

Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available May 4 May 3, 2016 Nort Dakota, NDGF News
     North Dakota’s 2016 deer season is set with 49,000 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,725 more than last year.  Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said population and harvest data indicate the state’s deer population is stable to increasing, primarily due to seven years of reduced gun licenses combined with mild winters....

Moline businessman wants to kill 10 deer on his property May 3, 2016 Illinois, Quad City Times
... The agency has approved a "deer removal" permit for the elimination of up to 10 deer on Harris' land. The word "removal" is similar to "harvest," which both are polite replacements for "kill."  A more offensive deception lies in the notion that the deer in question belong to Harris. The fact is, the deer that visit his house very likely are the same deer that visit mine...

... agents attached a GPS tracking device to the underside of Liebl’s pickup truck ... District Judge ... dismissed 13 charges against Liebl, saying the DNR did not obtain a search warrant...

Fire Island deer plan for hunts, birth control wins final OK May 2, 2016 New York, Newsday
... The National Park Service has given final approval to a Fire Island National Seashore plan that includes fencing off areas, hunting and possibly administering birth control to reduce white-tailed deer populations ...

Wildlife board increases Utah deer permits May 2, 2016 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
...  increase the number of general buck deer hunting permits from 86,550 permits in 2015 to 90,950 this fall... average buck-to-doe ratio ... mostly of public land is 2
3 bucks per does ...  estimate the state's deer population at more than 384,000 animals...

Elk disease cause for study, not panic May 2, 2016 Arkansas, Times Record
... , Arkansas found Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) for the first time by way of a wild elk cow ... One reason it went unnoticed is because Arkansas wasn't looking for it very hard ... Arkansas and neighboring states must increase their testing of free-ranging deer and elk in order to get a better idea of where CWD is ...

Do Your Deer Have Adequate Browse? May 2, 2016 North American Whitetail Magazine, Dr. James C. Kroll 
.. Browse is the collective term for the leaves and twigs of woody plants: shrubs, small trees and vines...  randomly examine 10 stems of each plant and count how many have been browsed.... my experience, 30-50 percent utilization of second-choice plants means your range is fully stocked with deer. Use exceeding 50 percent throws up a red flag...

Scent Companies Join the Fight Against CWD May 2, 2016 Outdoor Life Magazine 
... Vermont and Virginia have decided to ban the sale and use of urine based deer attractants... many scientists in the deer disease community believe the prions found in urine based scents may spread Chronic Wasting Disease ... a new  “Deer Protection Program” designed  to ensure that ATA-member scent manufacturers do everything possible to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease ...

Will fewer deer be the new norm? May 2, 2016 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... The total annual harvest in Wilkes was typically well above 4,000 deer before hemorrhagic disease ... in 2012...  in 2015 when hunters reported taking a total of 3,402 ... More data is needed before N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists can determine if deer harvests in Wilkes are stabilizing at a new lower level or are trending downward ...

Some species protection may become impossible May 2, 2016 Oregon, The Daily Astorian
... Columbian white-tailed deer ... dwindled to about 300 by 1967... in southwest Oregon’s Douglas County ... they number more than 6,000... An April report by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife concluded most Columbia River subpopulations of the deer still aren’t at a self-sustaining level ...

Poaching wildlife May 2, 2016 Ohio, highlandcountypress.com
...  affirmed the court of appeals’ judgment that the law permits ODNR to file a civil action to recover the restitution value even though it had seized the deer’s meat and antlers as evidence during the criminal investigation and was awarded possession of that evidence as a result of a conviction...

Legislative proposal would boost poaching penalties May 2, 2016 New York, Outdoor News
... Currently, the minimum fines for the illegal taking of deer sit at $250. Under the new legislation, that minimum would jump to $1,000. For those with prior poaching convictions, the minimum would be $2,000 and they would lose hunting privileges for five years...

Wildlife impact on crop fields reviewed May 1, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact wildlife ... Produce buyers can't or won't be able to buy vegetables in which a certain number of deer have defecated ... 

... Missouri's Republican-led Legislature have proposed pro-industry measures ranging from incentives for small businesses to a tax break for farmers who raise captive deer to sell the animals' urine ...

Compared with neighbors, Missouri poachers get off easy May 1, 2016 Springfield News-Leader
... A healthy bull elk was shot in the head and killed on the banks of the Current River in Shannon County, its antlers gruesomely chainsawed off ... Even if the elk poacher is arrested, that person would face only a misdemeanor penalty that game officials say rarely leads to a full $1,000 fine or actual jail time....

State's hunters took significantly fewer deer in 2015 May 1, 2016 New York, Utica Observer Dispatch
...  hunters weren't seeing a lot of deer, or enough deer, or, in some places, any deer at all...the decline is not unique to New York ... two heavy winters took a toll on the population... Deer Management Permits were reduced by about 45,000 (6.8 percent) and about 25,000 fewer deer were taken with them than in 2014...

Northern Zone hunters see drop in number of deer harvested May 1, 2016 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
... the Northern Zone decline was more significant than the rest of the state.  The statewide kill of 202,973 deer marked a 15 percent drop from the 2014 ... The 14,850 adult bucks taken made up 63 percent of the total Northern Zone harvest ... 1,102 button bucks ...

Deer herd expected to be largest since 2007 April 30, 2016 Vermont, BurlingtonFreePress.com
...  wildlife biologists expect the statewide deer herd going into the fall will number 140,000 to 145,000 ... few antlerless deer permits were issued last year ... the past winter  ... the mildest since the state Fish and Wildlife Department began tracking daily snow depths and temperatures in 1970...

... The Senate voted ... against a measure addressing cases in which the state’s wildlife department seizes antlers and other animal parts from poached game.... would have had to offer the parts first to the owner of the land ...
     Legislators take pointed positions on simmering antler dispute April 30, 2016 Topeka Capital Journal
... The Senate dug in its heels for the second consecutive year Saturday by rejecting legislation adopted by the House to force state regulators to release to a landowner a set of prized deer antlers poached five years ago in Osage County...

... For Pennsylvanians, the changing climate could strip away two of its state symbols: the eastern hemlock tree and the brook trout... Providing protection from erosion along stream banks, food for deer and wildlife, and shelter for deer in the winter, hemlock is also valued both as an ornamental tree and as an important source of lumber...

Mt. Lebanon, Culling of 219 deer a success, Mt. Lebanon official says April 30, 2016 Tribune-Review
... Sharpshooters and archers killed 219 deer during Mt. Lebanon's controversial effort to thin its deer herd ... Hunters killed 115 deer in a controlled sharpshooting hunt that began in February and ended in March... They killed 104 deer in an archery hunt ...

IDNR Biologists rely on the best science available when making wildlife management decisions. And our partners at the University of Illinois, including the Illinois Natural History Survey and Animal Science Department are instrumental in providing the research that is the underpinning of our management efforts. For answers to some common questions about CWD, let’s hear from the scientists studying the disease. This is the last in a four-part series on efforts to manage chronic wasting disease in Illinois. - April 29, 2016


Lets Ditch the Big, Bad Wolf Clich April 29, 2016 Michigan, Daily Beast
... “Wolves provide a firewall against new diseases in deer,” Rolf Peterson told a Michigan Senate committee when the issue of wolf hunting was being debated. “A very obvious example may be chronic wasting disease.” Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a brain disease, like Mad Cow Disease, and it’s one of the major threats to deer populations, after it spread from deer farms and captive hunting facilities to free-ranging deer populations ...

Deer harvest increases 33 percent in WNC April 29, 2016 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... Hunters taking advantage of the now-legal, but long tabooed Sunday hunting - on private land - was one of the reasons behind an increase in the deer harvest across North Carolina last year.  The 2015-16 season harvest was up 5.8 percent ...

Indiana 2015 Deer Season Summary April 29, 2016 Indiana DNR
     A total of 123,664 harvested deer were reported in Indiana during the 2015 season.  This harvest was 3% greater than the 120,073 deer taken during the 2014 season.  The antlered deer harvest of 50,379 was 10% higher than the 45,686 reported in 2014.  The anterless harvest of 73,285 was 1% less than the 74,387 harvested in 2014.  In 2015, the reported harvest for total deer ranks 10th  all-time, while the total anterless deer harvest ranks 100th highest in Indiana history.  Approximately 3.5 million deer have been reported harvested during the past 64 deer hunting seasons in Indiana. Read the full report.

Kane County bow hunting to continue, possibly expand April 29, 2016 Indiana, Chicago Daily Herald
...  Kane County Forest Preserve District ...  52, participated in the bow hunting program this past season than ever before. The program also netted revenues of $3,338 -- also a new high. Hunters harvested 44 deer in the program... Of the harvested deer, one from Big Rock tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Opening 13000 acres for the public to enjoy April 29, 2016 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
...  Rather than sell to a golf course developer, the land owner, Stimson Lumber Company, preferred to sell the development rights, valued at $12.6 million, and keep the land in timber production in perpetuity. This transaction would help protect the region’s drinking water; protect wetlands; maintain habitat for elk, deer, moose, bear, forest grouse ...

Whitetails are much more than pets April 28, 2016 Minnesota, Agri News
... Ryan and Trudy Lickfelt's daughter asked for a pet deer almost eight years ago... The 28-acre hobby farm a few miles south of Hutchinson has evolved into 21 whitetail deer — five does and 17 bucks... It costs $300-350 per head to care for the deer each year ... We have a lot of people who want two deer to bottle feed and want them as pets ...

Wildfire generates new life for Shenandoah National Park April 29, 2016 Virginia, newsplex.com
...  Rocky Mount Fire has charred more than 10,000 acres ...  fire is mother nature's way of recycling ... "We'll see new plants and animals ... new grasses new songbirds more whitetail deer ...

Quick and easy tips on how to kickstart your food plot efforts with Clover Crush food plot seed from Evolved Harvest. “Deer Talk Now” with Daniel Schmidt. Season 5. Episode 3. Original air date April 28, 2016.



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UP wolf survey shows no significant change in population April 28, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... Currently, deer numbers in the U.P. are at lows not seen in decades and we wondered if there would be a decline in wolf numbers ... a minimum of 618 wolves ...  no significant change since 2014...

Three charged with white-tailed deer importation April 28, 2016 Texas, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Durrett owns and operates a 9,000-acre enclosed ranch in Stonewall County, Texas. According to the indictment, deer were moved from Durrett's ranch to Dewayne Slade's enclosure, "...for the purpose of breeding and killing trophy white-tailed buck deer." ...

Lawmakers discussing solutions to combat CWD April 27, 2016 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune, Rep. Chris Danou
... some of the suggestions we gave:   Consider intensive culls in sites where new infections have been discovered ... Study whether lures that contain deer urine or other bodily fluids or parts such as tarsal glands (attractants) contain CWD prions...

Elk Foundation wrong about CWD in Ky. April 27, 2016 Kentucky, Beckley Register-Herald
...In Arkansas, CWD was found in elk. Elk were imported to the state in the 1980s from out west — including CWD-positive Colorado ... Kentucky may not be CWD-free at all — the disease simply may not have been found yet...

Oklahoma hunters can soon use suppressors on public land April 27, 2016 Guns.com
... HB 2637, revises state law to grant the use of federally approved suppressors on public land. An amendment that would have made it unlawful to use subsonic ammunition ... was later removed before passage...The Oklahoma State Game Warden Association ... lobbied against the public land expansion ...

DNR steps up chronic wasting monitoring April 27, 2016 Michigan, Petoskey News-Review
... (DNR) wants to double the number of core areas monitored for deadly chronic wasting disease.  This expansion would include six new townships in Eaton County and two in Clinton County... The first case in the state was discovered at a deer farm in 2008 ... “You’ll see the damage maybe 40 years down the road. We’re trying to prevent that now.” ...

Scott Walker wants CWD strategies ramped up April 26, 2016 Wisconsin, Appleton Post Crescent
... State Reps. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) and Nick Milroy (D-South Range) presented six CWD management recommendations to the governor's staff, including intensive culls at new infection sites and requiring double fencing at captive deer facilities...

Rare deer still struggle April 26, 2016 Washington, Chinook Observer
... trying to save the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer since the late 1960s, with mixed results...  while their range has expanded somewhat, their small population size, fragmented habitat and low-quality food sources are hurting chances of recovery... The Roseburg population includes at least 6,000 animals ...

CDAC, sportsmen disagree on deer quota numbers April 26, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... when the deer population plummets, as it has in recent years, sportsmen become concerned and, in some cases, angry.  The Washburn County Deer Advisory Council is tasked with managing the deer herd ... We have a logging industry and a forestry products industry that produces a lot of money for Washburn County. That’s a consideration ... The majority of people thought there were too many public land tags discussed in March ...

Deer harvest of 2015-16 shows improvement over previous year April 25, 2016 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... North Carolina hunters tagged 162,558 whitetails during the 2015-16 season, a 5.8-percent increase over the previous season ... better than in 2014-15, when hemorrhagic disease and a huge acorn crop dropped the harvest by a stunning 18.3 percent... ... Read the full report ...

... A deer in Madison County and another deer in Pope County were positive for the fatal disease. Both deer were road kills that were reported by the public... Eighty-one deer and three elk have been found to be positive....

...  three consecutive years of good fawn production, and overwinter survival combined with milder winter weather conditions... Biologists counted 2,880 mule deer in 306.3 square miles during this year’s survey...

North Dakota Game and Fish big game biologist Bill Jensen talks about the 2015 deer harvest. - April 25, 2016


Wildlife take a liking to bridge over Oracle Road April 25, 2016 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star
... In 2006, the Arizona Department of Transportation identified the Oracle Road area as a critical habitat linkage in a statewide study ... Mule deer walked across North Oracle Road earlier this month ... One of the main goals of the bridge is to connect the Coronado National Forest with the Tortolita Mountains. ...

Maintain 11K Jackson elk April 25, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... The actual number of elk has been within 20 percent of the objective since 1998... The portion of the herd that spends summers in the southern, more developed portion of Jackson Hole has ballooned, while long-distance migrants that venture all the way to the Teton Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park have dwindled...

...The Louisiana Legislature enthusiastically sent House Bill 179 to Edwards desk Monday (April 25). It would allow people to wear "blaze pink" in addition to "hunter orange" during the open gun hunting season...

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will spray for gypsy moths April 25, 2016 PGC News
... The spraying follows a 2015 statewide inventory of gypsy-moth impacts that detected defoliation on more than 90,000 acres... will spray for gypsy moths on more than 32,000 acres of state game lands this spring, the largest spraying effort to protect wildlife habitat since 2008... “Prior to gypsy-moth impacts, oak trees in Huntingdon County reportedly were producing 173 pounds of acorns per acre,” he explained. “After gypsy moths, the same areas were yielding only 67 pounds of acorns per acre... Deer reproduction and their survival over winter suffer when acorns are sparse. Neotropical birds, such as cerulean warblers, occupy habitats dominated by oaks. Wild turkey and ruffed grouse populations also depend on acorns.” ...

State hunters deer take drops 15 percent April 24, 2016 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
 ... DEC issued 626,389 DMPs in 2015, and that figure represents 45,393 fewer permits than 2014 or a nearly seven percent decrease ...  While many areas, particularly in the Northern Zone, harbor too few deer in the eyes of hunters ... DEC faces the task of population reduction, particularly in portions of central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Lake Plains of Western New York...

State hunters play big role in controlling CWD April 24, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
...  The fastest and most efficient way for CWD to colonize new areas is to be transported in by hunters... No matter where you kill it, process the deer or have it processed there. Don't transport it to other counties.  CWD will not annihilate our deer and elk ...

Forget athlete bios, new research project creates deer profiles April 23, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... one Wyoming wildlife project is ... allowing people to “adopt” a deer... for a price, someone can pay for a tracking collar and some of the costs of research that go along with that deer. A webpage will then be created for the specific animal ... [see the groups Facebook page]

Checking in on Maine's deer herd after mild winter April 23, 2016 Lewiston Sun Journal
...  we’re looking at a winter that may be tied for the most mild winter, at least for deer, going back to 1975.  "The estimated over-winter mortality this year is expected to be a little over five percent; this is about six percent below the long-term average for the state (averages a little over 11 percent) ... Overall 20,325 deer were registered during 2015 [hunt] ... 

Extending deer season not the way to go April 23, 2016 Alabama, Tuscaloosa News
... The landscape in Alabama is perfectly suited for growing large numbers of deer ... the vast amount of overgrown cutover and commercial pine thickets in Alabama offer ideal cover ... Throughout the majority of the season, squirrel and rabbit hunters are pushed on to Alabama’s limited public hunting areas because of conflicts with deer hunters on private land...

Evaluating a strategy to deliver vaccine to white‐tailed deer at a landscape level  JW Fischer, CR Blass, WD Walter, CW Anderson… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016
... During 17 February and 2 March 2011, we created a grid of experimental bait stations (n = 64) on Sandhill Wildlife Management Area, Wisconsin ... We found no correlation between bait consumption and deer density or the number of bait stations per deer. We provide the first information on use of baits by free-ranging deer and nontarget wildlife to eventually vaccinate deer against bTB at a landscape level...


For the first time in 22 years, a review of what the population objective should be for one of Wyoming’s most iconic mule deer herds is being offered to the public for their comment. April 22, 2016 Wyoming





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...  stuck in a streetlamp light globe... flung his coat over the light globe, grabbing it in a bear hug ... Finally the deer managed to slip its head out ...

It was trapped in a storm drain under a 183 overpass near MoPac in Autsin, Texas. - May 3, 2016


...  charged with Disorderly Conduct ... allegedly attempted to prevent an Illinois Department of Resources sharpshooter from killing deer at the Commonwealth Edison property ... being a deer hunter himself, he claims that the number of deer in the woods between Somonauk and Pratt roads has dropped dramatically since the IDNR killing began...

The closing chapter of a disturbing story May 1, 2016 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... a guilty plea ... to one count of taking a deer during a closed season ... the buck scored more than 208 points ... admitted that the antlers were sheds purchased from a deer farm ... He attached them to the skull of a small buck he killed ...


3 men fined for roles in videotaped deer beating April 30, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
...  passengers in a a yellow Ford Escort when it struck the deer, and the men loaded the stunned and injured animal into the car ... The deer revived in the car, and the video shows one of the men repeatedly striking the animal on the head  ... The car pulled over eventually, and the men dragged the deer into a ditch along the highway and left it ...
... The video surfaced in January, showing 20-year-old Joshua Rewis of Villa Rica, Georgia, in the back of a vehicle hitting a deer with a textbook. Rewis was charged with a misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals and wasting wildlife...
     Men Charged In Hitting Deer With Book Appear in Court April 29, 2016 Arkansas, KARK
... a $2250 fine ... ordered to have a psych evaluation within 90 days...

Deer Caught In Wolf Trap Was Panicked Until Someone Came To Help - April 29, 2016


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Hear Elk Scream Like Demons From Lord of the Rings April 21, 2016 National Geographic
... At over 700 pounds (318 kilograms), the North American elk is one of the biggest deer species alive today. ... male elk produce shrill rutting calls known as bugles.... why do the elk need such an elaborate sound system? Mating, of course...



... sells the antlers in bulk to exporters, where there’s a big market for it as a medicine in Asia... he buys deer and elk antler sheds people find in the mountains ...

Sheriff 'shocked' by video depicting injured deer, unborn fawn April 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
... The video posted online ... "Found out the deer I shot yesterday was actually 2 of em lmao."  Another clip shows a young man riding a deer that appears to be shot and the deer struggling to move.  A third clip shows a pile of entrails and says, "two more babies." ...

Officials at the Department of Natural Resources are investigating a possible violation of deer hunting rules after seeing a video that was shared on Facebook claiming "torture" of a deer.

Hunters call video depicted dying deer 'absolutely wrong' April 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
... Tim Verhoff, a former assistant district attorney in Dance County, said it's not clear whether the two actually broke any laws. State law also protects hunting, which means hunters are allowed to kill wild animals... 


Couple Rescues Deer After It Falls into Their Pool April 11, 2016 Pennsylvania, WNEP-TV 16
... “I started tapping on the pool. He came right over to me like he knew and I just reached in, grabbed him, lift him up, put him on the ground,” ... His rear legs weren't working at all. They were just frozen...  put towels and blankets and I laid on top of him for a couple minutes to try to warm him up ...

Watch: Cop rescues deer that got caught in net April 6, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... a deer had gotten caught by its antlers in netting surrounding a basketball court... "I think the coolest part was the end, when he just pauses for a second looking at us after I got him free," Majek says. "I don't know if he was contemplating killing me or thanking me." ...

Oregon's Moose Count April 6, 2016 The Source Weekly
... Oregon's moose ... are Shiras moose, the smallest subspecies in North America. Even so, males still tip the scales at 1,000 pounds —mid-sized when compared with a typical 1,500-pound Alaska-Yukon bull moose. The female Shiras moose can weigh around 700 to 800 pounds...  Last count there were about 60 of them in Oregon, scattered across parts of the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests ...

...The first year or two with Bloomquist, the Ericksons and Pionks found 20-some moose sheds. The next year, they hit the mid-30s. Last year, they brought home a phenomenal 55 moose sheds...

... Thirteen thousand years ago, bison, deer and elk shared the landscape with American lions, ground sloths, dire wolves and the massive Columbian mammoth — larger, at up to 10 tons, than its arctic relative the woolly mammoth...

... In the video [on his Facebook page], you can see the yearling black tail deer stuck and struggling on a muddy hillside. The heavy equipment operator jumped into action, trying to clear mud from around it. Finally, he delicately scoops it up in his bucket,...