Deer Management News This Week

...all of the fawns have been perfectly healthy and should have never been touched ... deer mothers will "place" their fawns in a spot and the young deer will not move for almost any reason...

California's forests are choking June 21, 2018 Sacramento News & Review
 ...there is little debate about what’s causing the problem: The forests are too dense.  The phenomenon is rooted in 150 years of post-European settlement activity. Previously, Native Americans used fire to convert shrubland to promote grassland for deer-hunting, protect themselves from predators and as a tool of intertribal warfare, and lightning started fires throughout the West for many thousands of years, clearing away dense underbrush and unhealthy trees and naturally regenerating the landscape...

'Zombie deer' found in Michigan's Jackson County June 21, 2018 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... A 3-year-old doe in Jackson County is believed to have died from chronic wasting disease ... It's the first case of the disease in Jackson County... this would be the 58th deer to test positive in Michigan...

Geese numbers down, deer on the rise June 21, 2018 New Jersey, Montclair Local
... “Deer have completely destroyed what was once a huge selling point for our home, a beautifully-maintained front-yard flower garden... A Dryden Road resident has requested that the town come up with a plan using birth control methods to control the deer population...

Thinning project on wildlife management area gets go-ahead June 20, 2018 Montdana, Ravalli Republic
... deer and elk like the forest’s edge... Focused on improving forage production on the winter range, improving aspen stands and reducing the risk of fire and bug infestations, the agency thinned about 370 acres... I would like to see fire reintroduced to keep the underbrush from becoming overgrown...

... the state Department of Agriculture, which oversees Delaware’s forest land, has proposed privately leasing more than 800 acres of public lands ... “I think the driving force was to identify lands that were underutilized, under-hunted ...

It’s Fawning Season June 20, 2018 New York, DEC News
... Fawn survival is heavily influenced by habitat quality, and those fawns that have good hiding cover and quality forage have the odds in their favor.   You can improve habitat for fawns on your lands by promoting native forbs in fields and forests...

Brunswick, Deer with CWD probably had disease most of her life June 19, 2018 Pennsylvania, Leader-Telegram
... 2-year-old doe that died from chronic wasting disease ...  most of her short life she would have been shedding the infectious prions ... The deer triggered a feeding and baiting ban not only in Eau Claire County for three years but also in Chippewa ...

Last chance to comment on hunting regulations June 19, 2018 Maryland, Delmarva Daily Times
... The biggest change in the package is a reduction in some whitetail deer limits for our area, though it’s unlikely most hunters will notice.  For example, the whitetail antlerless limit for archery season in our area, Region B, will go from unlimited to 15 for the season, but very few archery hunters take anywhere near that many deer...

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... The two-year-old doe with CWD was born on a 230-acre farm and died during fawning. The farm has since been quarantined ...

... The deer lived with the arrow inside its body until years later, when another hunter killed the animal, cut the deer open, and discovered its amazing secret ...

CDFW’s SHARE Program Offering 31 Additional Elk Hunts June 18, 2018 California, CDFW News
    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for 31 elk hunting opportunities offered through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program... An $11.62 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt application ...

... - The accuracy of the estimates of the deer population continued to improve with another
year of data collection. Wards 1 and 2 are estimated to have approximately 216 deer (20 per square mile), including 78 in the sterilization study areas. However, the variation in density across sections of the Wards varied from 6 to 54 per square mile... 18 deer were sterilized in 2018. This increased sterilization rates to >96% in the southern study area, 70% in the area near Cedar bend ..,

Diseased deer killed at game farm June 17, 2018 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in 128 wild free-ranging deer in the state — the number skyrocketed since 2016 when just 25 cases had been confirmed... A herd of about 40 captive white-tailed deer was euthanized on a Lancaster County deer farm in February ...

  Bull Elk go swimming: those lazy, hazy days of summer June 18, 2018 California, 
Tehachapi News5h
... American Elk, also known as Rocky Mountain Elk ... are descended from animals released by the California Department of Fish and Game ...in the 1970s on several large ranches in the Tehachapi Mountains...

Saddle River,  Deer hunt possible in Saddle River June 18, 2018 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... A controversial hunt to reduce the number of deer in town will be considered by the Borough Council on Monday, after a non-lethal plan to capture and spay the animals was rejected by the state last month...

Texas’ deer population would welcome good soaking June 16, 2018 Houston Chronicle
... After a stretch of three — four, in some regions — consecutive years of adequate, abundant and often way-too-abundant rainfall, Texas has hit a dry spell... flooding inundated hundreds of thousands of acres of prime bottomland deer habitat .... Fawn survival in some pockets of East Texas was 25 percent or even lower ...

Movi found in Alaska caribou, moose June 16, 2018 Peninsula Clarion
... A harmful pathogen previously known only in goats and sheep has been found in healthy Alaskan moose and caribou... Four herds in the state — from near Dillingham to the North Slope — have tested positive for the bacterium ...

... The commission's vote bans cameras that send photos, video or satellite imagery in real-time to a computer or cellphone ...

... Moose hunting ended in 1936 and was reopened in 1980... the spruce budworm outbreak of the 1970s and 1980s actually increased moose populations. 2012 aerial surveys estimated that moose populations had reached 76,000... until the early 1990s winter ticks had not appeared to significantly impact moose ...

New rule could allow Georgia hunters to hunt over bait statewide June 15, 2018 WRDW-TV
... The rule would change O.C.G.A 27-3-9, which currently prohibits hunting deer over bait in the designated northern zone ... The public have until June 26th to comment on the rule change...

... Cape Girardeau, Perry, and Bollinger counties have been added to a list of 7 Missouri counties placed under new restrictions for feeding and giving minerals to deer, and considered to be Chronic Wasting Disease management zones...

Deer Kill Largest In Last Ten Years June 14, 2018 Maine, MDIFW News
...  Deer hunters in Maine harvested 27,233 deer in 2017, the highest total in the last ten years and an increase of 15% from 2016.  “An increasing deer herd in southern and central Maine, and favorable hunting conditions contributed to the best deer hunting season in ten years,” ..,

CWD Cases Multiply in Pennsylvania June 14, 2018 PGC News
... In 2017, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in 78 free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania.  That’s more than three times the number of free-ranging, CWD-positive deer documented in the state in 2016, when 25 were detected.  Most of the new free-ranging positives – 75 of them – either were within or near the boundary of Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2) in southcentral Pennsylvania...

...  the Elk Society have hauled almost 100,000 gallons to 78 water catchments  ... Because they are grazers though, elk will be able to sustain themselves better than deer which browse on new shoots and weeds ... The forest is already drier than it was in 2002 and 2006 ...

Habitat loss coincides with drop in pheasant, deer numbers June 14, 2018 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune
... 2007 ... a significant number of CRP contracts involving hundreds of thousands of acres established in the early to mid-1990s started to expire... At the same time  ... Game and Fish Department biologists and state legislators were feeling pressure from farmers, ranchers ... to reduce the deer herd, so license numbers were set with the intent to reduce deer numbers in many units...

...  chronic wasting disease has been found in additional regions of Missouri. ...Since 2012, the MDC has tested over 100,000 deer and only 75 tests have come back positive for CWD, ...

...  to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in deer populations, by expanding its CWD management zone from 41 to 48 counties... Further prevention efforts will include increased availability of antlerless permits ...

Hogs and CWD threaten habitat June 12, 2018 Mississippi, News Mississippi
... Wild hogs and chronic wasting disease within deer are currently the two largest threats to Mississippi’s wildlife ... Mississippi is home to over 1,750,000 white-tailed deer, and the growth rate of the wild hog doubles that of the white-tailed deer. ..,

Deer season kills reveal no chronic wasting disease issues June 12, 2018 New Hampshire, The Lebanon Voice
... In 2017, a total of 444 tissue samples from hunter-killed deer were tested ... Since the monitoring program began in 2002, some 6,261 deer have been tested ...

... Our findings suggest differences in the pathogenic potential of T. pyogenes at individual sites may help to explain spatial variability of this disease. Anecdotally, the incidence of cranial abscess disease in Georgia seems to be associated with areas that were restocked with white-tailed deer from a high-fenced property in Wisconsin, US. Given the spatial distribution of this disease, we speculate that these genetic differences in T. pyogenes may have arisen from white-tailed deer restocking efforts, and our observations may be a legacy of an introduced disease manifesting itself generations later...
Deer test CWD positive in Blair June 12, 2018 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... two white-tailed deer on a small Greenfield Township hobby farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease.  “These are the first CWD positives among captive deer in Blair County,” the announcement reads. “The farm is now under quarantine.” ...

... It was the third deer from Greenville Whitetails to be found with the incurable disease that threatens Pennsylvania’s wild deer herd... compensated for losing his business by the federal government...

... The National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed Monday that an Iowa County deer farm's whitetail deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

... Michigan (DNR) maintains about 900 elk on 105,000 acres in the Pigeon River Country State Forest ... Elk are native to the Great Lakes region, but herds were lost to hunting and habitat decline in the 1800s... Michigan elk restoration began in 1918 when seven Rocky Mountain elk were relocated to Wolverine ..,

... Peay wanted to point out a particular parcel of public land that used to be overrun by highly invasive cheat grass. Several years ago, he worked with local land managers to revegetate it with native plants favored by deer and elk.  “We’re proud of what we’ve done here ... It shows that local people know the land better than bureaucrats from Washington or tourists from California.” ...

Board updates number of hunting rules June 9, 2018 Alabama, Tuscaloosa News
... The Conservation Advisory board voted recently to remove spears as legal weapons for hunting white-tailed deer ... In the late 1990s, Alabama became the first state to legalize the use of spears ...

Why are deer farms compensated for diseased herds? June 9, 2018 Wisconsin, The Sheboygan Press
... Since deer at captive cervid facilities are considered livestock, they are covered under "Condemnation of Diseased Animals," Chapter 95.31 of Wisconsin statutes... "the department shall pay indemnities on livestock condemned and slaughtered or destroyed."  The statute was enacted in 1977...

Survival of the youngest June 9, 2018 South Dakota, Black Hills Pioneer
... about 66 percent of whitetail fawns survive through December... a percentage that die to predation within the first couple day ...Then about six weeks, later we have another group of fawns get killed by predators... Coyotes ... are the main culprit... Mule deer generally fawn a few days after whitetails...

Ineffectiveness of local zoning to reduce regional loss and fragmentation of wintering habitat for white-tailed deer  EM Simons-Legaard, DJ Harrison, KR Legaard - Forest Ecology and Management, 2018
... We used a time series of Landsat satellite imagery (1975–2007) to quantify habitat changes in and adjacent to 187 areas zoned on private, commercial forestlands to protect habitat for wintering white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Maine... Areas protected for wintering deer collectively represent only 2% of the forested land base in our study area, and we conclude that habitat protection focused solely on those narrowly-defined zones has been ineffective at achieving regional conservation of winter habitat for deer...

Ban deer feeding, baiting to combat 'zombie deer' disease June 8,  2018 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  should be banned across all of the Lower Peninsula to help stop the alarming spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is recommending ... The disease is passed from deer to deer through infected animals' saliva, urine and feces — making bait and feeding piles problematic ...

... A deer at a farm in West Cocalico Township, Lancaster County is one of three captive deer that have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease ... the disease was confirmed in two other captive white-tailed deer on a small hobby farm in Greenfield Township, Blair County — marking the first time captive deer in Blair County have tested positive ...

Nearly 1K trees cut down in Richmond to foster growth June 7, 2018 Rhode Island, Turn to 10
...  The whole trail used to be shaded and full of birds and deer  ... What I tell people is think about it like a garden. You weed a garden once a week. You weed a forest every 20 years to make it productive,” ...

... Starting this year, fees of $5.50 for antelope, $7 for deer and $10 for elk are due at the time of application...

... The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ended the ban in Tensas, Madison and East Carroll parishes Thursday, after state biologists reported that they haven’t found any sign in Louisiana of a fatal brain infection [chronic wasting disease] found in a deer near the state line in Mississippi...

A central Texas woman freed deer captured by net. Now she's facing charges. June 7, 2018 Houston Chronicle
... They're hurting the deer!'" Beck wrote in a GoFundMe page to help cover her legal costs. "I ran outside and heard very loud, intense shrieks, similar to bleating sheep... I could see the blood and broken limbs," Beck continued. "Two deer were bleeding from their mouths, one from its eye, two other deer appeared dead ...

... Citing damage to farms and the environment from a growing deer population, Delaware Senators on Thursday voted to eliminate the state's prohibition on Sunday hunting for the animal...

... set to present CWD recommendations to the Natural Resources Commission at its next monthly meeting Thursday, June 14, in Lansing... 12:30 p.m. – Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries: A review of fall fishing regulations. Deer harvest survey report for the 2017 seasons. An update on antlerless license quotes and CWD regulations...

DNR Board Approves Deer Harvest Quotas June 7, 2018 Wisconsin Ag Connection
... Iron County is the only deer management unit that will be restricted to buck harvest only in 2018. The antlerless quota for the rest of Wisconsin will be 233,690 antlerless deer. That's compared to 276,515 in 2017 ...

... If passed, the bill would’ve allowed shooting preserves with 500 acres or more to import animals not native to the area, like elk or wild boar, for the purpose of hunting ...

Texas to test mule deer antler restrictions starting this fall June 6, 2018 MultiBriefs Exclusive
... The overall health of the mule deer population in the Texas Panhandle has been in decline for the past few years. In an attempt to reverse this trend, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has instituted antler restrictions for mule deer season in six Panhandle counties starting this fall...

Ithaca, Deer Management Plan Lacks Compassion June 6, 2018 New York, Ithaca Times
...  Cornell has a questionable deer management program. I expect a lot more from a World Class Veterinary School & Animal Science Program... With scientists like Ann Duryan and the Park Foundation (A.Gomer) supporting a more humane approach to the Deer problem, I say keep trying a better approach and try not to be so one-sided...

Deer variant of mad cow disease has not shown up in New Hampshire June 6, 2018 Concord Monitor
... For 16 years, New Hampshire has been testing tissue samples ... for signs of chronic wasting disease ... In 2017, 444 tissue samples were tested by a federal lab, and all proved negative...

IDFG officers and wildlife staff responded to a report of a moose in the city of Burley, Idaho. They were able to tranquilize the moose near the Maverick gas station on east Main Street and safely move it. - June 5, 2018 Idaho


... Six holes were cut in a $2.5 million deer fencing and underpass project east of Kanab on U.S. 89, leading to 15 deer on the roadway and six deer-vehicle collisions...

... "This prion protein gene has a few mutations, it doesn't make them completely resistant, but in whitetail deer it reduces susceptibility, so there's a slowed disease progression, if it's a high enough infectiousness they'll still succumb to it, but it seems to be if these mutations are present in populations at a high enough rate, it at least slows the way the disease spreads, kind of contains it to an area," says Brandt...






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Local experts, officials aim to keep fawns safe June 21, 2018 Pennsylvania, TheCourierExpress.com
... Onlookers may assume the fawn is abandoned, but shouldn’t disturb it, Ross said. The babies are taught to go into “hideaway” mode and not to move ... People always like to see a lot of deer ...

Deer frolic at Great Kills Beach on the first day of summer June 21, 2018 New York


... Many people in Louisville are upset after photos and videos of a man with a deer on a leash started popping up online... , the person with Park Hill Bambi could also face fines up to $1,000...

Pet deer goes missing after charming Cache community June 20, 2018 Oklahoma, KSWO 7 News 
... We introduced you to Ben earlier this year after she became popular with locals by walking right up to them and letting them pet her...Rivera's husband found Ben, in bad shape, while hunting, and nursed her back to health two and a half years ago...

Leashed deer found dead in Gibson Jack area of Pocatello June 15, 2018 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  the yearling buck was found with a leash wrapped around its neck, with one of its back legs through the loop of the leash’s hand grip ... “This deer experienced a long, slow death,” says Regional Habitat Manager, Anna Owsiak, who had participated in the numerous attempts to find and help this deer since March...

A white-tailed deer fawn nurses from its mom, while its mother grooms it, on this trail camera video. - June 16, 2018


Montana man rescues tired fawn from bed of sewer sludge June 14, 2018 Washington Post
... Bauer slogged more than 100 yards (91 meters) through the thigh-deep sludge to reach the distressed fawn, which didn’t fight being rescued. “Honestly, it was fairly welcoming,” ...

Oh, deer! Watch this deer jump onto the tracks at Crystal City Metro station June 12, 2018 Washington D.C., The Washington Post
... A deer wandered into the Crystal City Metro station Tuesday morning, jumped onto the tracks and amazingly managed to make it out without hitting the electrified third rail — or a train...


 
 
   Roadside C-Section Pulls a Live Fawn from a Dead Deer June 12, 2018 Oklahoma, Live Science
... The harrowing story was shared in a Facebook post ... he mama deer had recently given birth, and when Walker arrived at the scene, both the doe and the fawn were already dead. But Walker spotted movement inside the mother ...

Abandoned baby moose becomes fast friends with family dog


... jumped over a 5-foot wall above the store and landed in the parking lot two stories below  ... “The second one comes over, and he kind of tipped over and landed on his back. They were just flaring around, but they couldn’t move, and it was just awful.” ...

Mother Deer Saved Her Babies Before She Died June 11, 2018 New Jersey, Patch.com
... Both her legs were badly broken, with compound fractures. She was bleeding. But her terrible injuries didn't stop her from doing what she could to take care of her two baby fawns...  that she had placed in separate yards for their safety ...

 It's Deer Birthing Season, Don't Touch the Fawns, They're OK June 11, 2018 Connecticut,New Canaanite
...  their mothers will leave an odorless, motionless baby up to seven hours when it’s too young to follow her ...  “We ask residents to not touch the fawn for 24 hours ... Ninety-nine percent are gone within that timeframe.”...

Who's Who in the Folsom Zoo; Meet dear Davey June 6, 2018 California, Folsom Telegraph
... the early miners of California thought the ears of the deer they saw looked like the ears of their mules? Since that time the deer of the area were identified as Mule Deer... six mule deer, three bucks (males) and three does (females), living at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary...

... a baby deer that had fallen down the river bank and could not get back up. We had been out running lines when we found the baby deer. Andy said he had heard it the night before but couldn't be sure, as it was dark. We saw the mother deer up standing on the riverbank, watching its young so we knew that help for it would be near if we rescue it. We come by in the boat, grab the baby deer and help it back onto the riverbank to be with its mother.


'Tis the season doe hide their fawns near people June 5, 2018 North Carolina, Stanly News & Press
... It’s not uncommon for deer to place their fawns at locations safe from predators ...  does and fawns do not bond like most animals. Instead, they bond over time through nursing and grooming sessions, Saintsing said.  “So a fawn may run off with another doe or a doe may steal another fawn,” ...

June is a dangerous month for deer-vehicle crashes June 5, 2018 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... "There's an increase in deer activity. The females are searching for places to give birth. The young deer are separating from their mothers ...As a result, they're more present on the roadside,..

Police find baby deer on a leash in Northeast Baltimore June 4, 2018 Maryland, The Baltimore Sun
... a few people living in the woods scooped it up, fed it berries and milk, and for a few days last week — before a neighbor called police — kept the baby deer on a leash... Because they did not know where the fawn was bedded down, they could not return it to where its mother could find it ... [does hide their young fawns to protect them from predators,  this fawn was taken to a rehabilitation facility and the doe is left not knowing what happened to her fawn] ...

...  FWP counted about 1,100 elk on the Blackfoot-Clearwater this year ... Elk and deer shed their antlers each spring and the interest in collecting them has grown in recent decades ... “It’s 25,000 acres of traditional critical winter range,” ...

Sometimes life is just too scary. Good thing we have moms to show us the way! - June 1, 2018


Leave fawns and other young wildlife alone May 31, 2018 New Hampshire, The Laconia Daily Sun
... Adult deer can be detected easily by predators due to their scent and large size. Because of this, does will spend long periods of time away from their fawns to disassociate their scent from the fawn and keep them safe from predators. For the first month of life, the doe will only visit the fawn a few times a day ...

 ... the deer gave birth to the fawn "shortly after she died." The fawn had broken its leg in the womb ... fawn was recovering and had stood up despite its cast and broken leg...

Saw a doe crossing the road, and this tiny little guy that was following laid down in defense hiding mode, so I scooted it along. Smallest deer I"ve ever seen, probably only a couple days old. Glad i was able to help. - May 31, 2018


Deer Follows, Greets Teens Fishing On Minn. Lake May 30, 2018 Minnesota, CBS Minnesota
... Stephanie G shared the video of the cute encounter. She says her nephews, Ryan and Logan Henningson of Winona, 16 and 13 respectively, were fishing when a curious deer began following them...

... The fawn, just a few weeks old, apparently lost footing and fell off the steep, rocky bluff ... when I rounded a corner to make sure the fawn was still on safe ground, I saw the doe ...

...  among 90 wild mammal species selected based on data from vet visits, petting zoos, animal shelters and rescue centers in the Netherlands.  Of those species, the following were judged suitable to be kept as a pet: Sika deer, agile wallaby ...

Petersburg teenager pleads guilty to running down deer May 23, 2018 Alaska, Anchorage Daily News
... a 5-second video of the incident that had been posted to Snapchat began circulating online. Shot from inside a vehicle, it appears to show deer walking on the side of the road that are then hit by the car, followed by a burst of laughter from the people inside...

... Despite the injury, the deer was walking. The Police put a dog leash on the deer for a little bit to keep the animal out of traffic...

   New Jersey Cop Performs Emergency C-Section to Deliver Baby Deer May 21, 2018 Time
 its mother was struck and killed on a road... the fawn was moving inside the mother’s body...


Frightened Deer Narrowly Escapes Shark Attack In Monterey Bay May 20, 2018 California, CBS San Francisco Bay Area
... Shark researcher Sean Van Sommeran was out on the water when he saw a deer swimming nearby... swimming just on the other side of his boat was a 9-foot great white shark...

...  "mother deer leave their babies alone the majority of the day. A fawn lying quietly in a curled position on its stomach is very likely not in need of rescue." ... two are still in our care, sadly, two did not survive their encounters with humans...