Deer Management News This Week

... winter conditions have the biggest influence—especially on fawns and older age classes. Since 2015, winter conditions for mule deer in southeast Idaho have been extremely variable with severe conditions (2016-2017 and 2018-2019), average (2017-2018, 2019-2020), and mild (2015-2016)... Mule deer in southeast Idaho have not rebounded from the extremely severe 2016-2017 winter ..,

Saddle River, Some Disagree With N.J. Town’s Plan To Cull Deer Population September 21, 2020 New Jersey, MSN
... bow hunters are being invited onto select residential properties, but some neighbors say they didn’t know and they are worried about their safety ... she noticed steps away from her property line, “… a deer-feeding bait stand, which is used for hunting.” ... knocked on her door Saturday to retrieve a deer shot by a hunter...

... White-tailed deer are dying in Purgatory Swamp near Goshen. They're dying in Putnam County ... As of earlier this week, the DEC had tallied 321 total suspected EHD deer deaths. A total of 138 were east of the Hudson River and 183 were west of the Hudson ... 

... we examined the genetic vulnerability to CWD of two subspecies of WTD: the endangered Florida Key deer (O. v. clavium) and the threatened Columbian white-tailed deer ... Key deer may be less genetically susceptible to CWD than many mainland WTD populations. ... Columbian WTD are likely to be genetically more vulnerable ...

Wildlife, habitat take devastating hit from wildfires across region September 20, 2020 Washington, Sports and Weather Right Now
... Eastern Washington blazes ... have consumed roughly a half a million acres of shrub-steppe habitat critical to species from amphibians to mule deer from Yakima north to Brewster and the Colville Indian Reservation...

Deer season right around corner September 20, 2020 Oklahoma, The Lawton Constitution
... “Deer will be going into the winter in good shape this year,” ... With plenty of food and vegetation, deer stand a better chance of eating well and preparing for colder months ahead than they do when food is limited..,

NJ Asks You to Look Out for Drooling Deer September 19, 2020 New Jersey, TAPinto.net
... deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) ... Symptoms of HD in deer may include difficulty standing, drooling, lethargy, respiratory distress, emitting foam from the mouth or nose, and swelling of the face, tongue, and neck....

Updates made to the DEC on hemorrhagic disease to deer September 19, 2020 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
...a deer that was drooling or foaming at the mouth and seemed very unconcerned about its surroundings ... ...Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)  ...

Recent Deer Die-Offs Likely from EHD September 18, 2020 North Dakota, newsdakota.com
... Reports throughout southwestern North Dakota of dead and dying whitetail deer discovered on the landscape ... are likely the result of an increase in a viral infection ... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) ... the prevalence of deer deaths from EHD tends to decline after the first hard frost ...

... the state’s growing list of zones to receive aerial spraying for mosquito control... A deer tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis  ... 

EHD, Seasonal disease kills 4 reindeer at Minnesota Zoo, sickens 4 others September 17, 2020 TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
...Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is spread to deer by gnats ... “The sudden onset of this disease and loss of our reindeer has been an extraordinarily difficult development in a difficult year,” ...

... CWD was confirmed in Deer Hunt Area 25 in the Bighorn Mountains with a positive test from an adult doe mule deer that died during a Game and Fish capture operation. Deer Hunt Area 25 is surrounded on three sides by four known CWD positive deer hunt areas...

Bay Area Wildfires Chase Wildlife Out of Usual Habitats September 17, 2020 California, NBC Connecticut
... park rangers say they've seen larger herds of deer as well as turkeys searching for new places to live ...

... a tissue sample collected from a deer tested positive for the virus that causes epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD... an Oconto County landowner found discovered seven dead deer on a 40-acre property north of Oconto Falls...

DNR surveys deer hunters to understand buck selection September 16, 2020 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... plans to invite more than 130,000 licensed hunters to keep online diaries to record the number of hours they spend in the woods, the deer they see and observations about the size and age of the bucks they don’t take...

...  This winter saw the ninth year of a diminished but fairly stable population that comes after the state's moose numbers crashed rapidly, from a modern high of 8,840 moose estimated in 2006 to just 2,700 in 2013. This year’s official estimate by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, using aerial surveys in mid-winter, was roughly 3,150 ..,

... This preventative measure was established in response to the continuing spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...

Deer Hunters May Be Selected for Chronic Wasting Disease Testing September 15, 2020 Colorado, Pagosa Daily Post
... CPW will be sending out letters to Colorado rifle season deer (buck and doe) hunters who have been selected for mandatory CWD testing... Click here for complete CWD Testing and Submission Information ...

The hunt is on for deer in Kansas September 15, 2020 KSNT News
... Hunters killed 78,000 deer in Kansas last year. On Monday people can start hunting ..,

2021 Lāna'i Axis Deer Hunting Season Canceled September 15, 2020 Hawaii, Maui Now
... The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife announced the cancellation of the 2021 Lāna‘i Axis Deer season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic...

South Euclid expected to use USDA sharpshooters to cull deer, but also look to sterilization September 15, 2020 Ohio, The Plain Dealer Cleveland
... about 28 deer per square mile in South Euclid ... [well withing the deer density capacity for a suburban area] ... the city’s council is in agreement that deer will again be culled early next year after another infrared count ... Councilwoman Sunny Simon favors sterilization as a means of more effectively limiting deer population...

ODNR continues to work on Chronic Wasting Disease prevention September 14, 2020 Ohio, Wooster Daily Record
... Latest pen with CWD positive is depopulated ...  the five-year ban on what the landowners could do with the property expired, and in a proactive move, The Division of Wildlife stepped up to make sure no wild deer would be stepping on the site... there are still (CWD) prions on the land ...

Do your part to keep Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) out of Maine September 14, 2020 Maine DIFW
... If established in Maine, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) may have devastating impacts on the state’s deer and moose herds, our hunting heritage, and Maine’s economy. CWD has never been found in Maine, but it has been found in wild cervid populations in 24 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces and captive populations in 17 states and three provinces..,

Oak mast determines deer sightings September 13, 2020 West Virginia, The Dominion Post
... When there is a good mast deer do not move around a lot.  They find those oaks that are producing and dropping lots of acorns and they feed there.  No need to go to fields where they become more visible ... In 2019, West Virginia had a good mast and for that reason, plus some bad weather, the buck harvest was low..,

Statewide Outlook Good For Early Season Deer Hunting September 13, 2020 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph
... “The spring rains helped many areas of the state, including South Texas, Edwards Plateau, and areas west, recover from very dry conditions persisting from fall and winter of 2019. Vegetation has responded positively to the spring moisture with an abundance of quality forbs and an explosion of new growth on shrubs both of which are critical for providing good deer nutrition,”  ... Texas has an estimated 5.5 million white-tailed deer ..,

Minnesota’s wolf population September 13, 2020 DNR
... In the 1960s, the population was estimated to be as low as 350. Wolf numbers trended upward during the next 40 years, peaking at about 3,000 from 2002 until 2005. Since 2014 the population estimate has been about 2,700 with a current population estimate of 2,699..,

Mandatory chronic wasting disease testing in 89 game management units September 12, 2020 Colorado, Montrose Daily Press
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing during the 2020 hunting season in specific game management units (GMU) as part of efforts to control the spread of CWD with its Colorado Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan...

... clouds of mosquitos have left animals such as horses, deer and cattle anemic and bleeding under their skins from all the bites, Fontenot told The Associated Press.  The animals are getting exhausted from constantly moving in an attempt to avoid being bit ...

EHD, State IDs Fatal Deer Virus September 11, 2020 New York, Highlands Current
... dozens of dead white-tailed deer... the result of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease ... The disease first appeared in New York State in 2007 in Albany, Rensselaer and Niagara counties. Another outbreak occurred in Rockland County in 2011... The lack of previous exposure to the disease makes New York state deer especially vulnerable..,

2020 Michigan Deer Season Preview September 11, 2020 DNR News
... , the Upper Peninsula deer herd seemed to fare well during last year’s winter... Last winter had little to no impact on deer numbers in the northern Lower Peninsula... The winter in southern Michigan was very mild and likely had no impact on the deer herd..,

Highland Heights planning another infrared deer count, second round of culling September 11, 2020 Ohio, cleveland.com
... On Nov. 25, 2019, the USDA conducted a deer count in Highland Heights and found that the city, at 5.2 square miles, held 280 deer -- or 54.4 deer per square mile. The average per square mile was considered quite high, as the optimum number of deer in a city per square mile is thought to be 15 to 20. [This article links to a page on this website which shows that the optimum number of deer is NOT 15 to 20, that a suburb can support over 100 deer per square mile and some communities are targeting 50 deer per square mile.] ...

DNR maintains aggressive response to chronic wasting disease September 11, 2020 Minnesota, Hometown Focus
... Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader, said the DNR continues to use three management tools to reduce the risk of CWD: reducing deer densities, using feeding and attractant bands to reduce contact between deer, and restricting carcass movement. “These tools are our best chance at limiting the spread of the disease in wild deer.”...

Deer and Elk Transportation Rules Have Changed September 11, 2020 South Dakota, SDGFP News
... if you harvest a deer or elk in a CWD endemic area(see maps below) and take any portion of that carcass to a non-endemic CWD area, you must dispose any carcass remains in your garbage container (if allowed by your waste management provider), an approved landfill or leave the butchered carcass in the field where the animal was harvested.  For a complete list of regulations, click here.  Click on this link for the "Related Documents" tab to find a list of frequently asked questions.  To learn more about CWD, where it occurs, surveillance efforts, testing and what you can do to reduce the spread of CWD, click here ...

... This new opportunity is consistent with the department’s efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate New York hunters ... the proposal is not being considered in the Northern Zone, as “deer may already be moving to wintering areas by late December...




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Montoursville's new resident, an albino deer, has a unique history September 6, 2020 Pennsylvania, NorthCentralPA.com
... Native American tribes believed white deer were sacred and viewed them as spiritual symbols. A Chickasaw legend, “Ghost of the White Deer,” describes the creature as magical. The Seneca, Roanoke, Algonquin, Nanticoke, and Pocomoke tribes all relate sightings of the Great White Deer... In 2012, the killing of an albino stag sparked uproar in Leland, WI...

These two gentle Mule Deer arrived for an early drink at the Bison Watering Hole. - September 21, 2020


Can We Set Poor Bambi Free? - September 19, 2020


... Police said the fawns were tired but happy, you can hear them let out a “deer cheer” of appreciation after being rescued. [video in story] ...

Elk Cam Goes Live September 2, 2020 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... The livestream, which is provided by HDOnTap and made possible with the help of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, is the latest in a string of real-time wildlife-watching opportunities offered by the Game Commission...

... "The fire was moving toward the house," ... He's too young to fully take care of himself even without a fire... he was dehydrated and that he had messed himself," Dawn says. The last part was another clear sign that he'd been left, since mother deer usually clean their babies ...


... What if this is a birth defect? It appeared to some that this doe's face was actually two faces, and that the extremely rare phenomenon known as diprosopus ... the doe's body looks filled out and colorful, meaning she seems to be eating and drinking properly...

A three-legged deer named Rudie is lighting up the lives of humans and animals with his kind, carefree spirit, and adorable antics. That’s despite his rough introduction to this world. When he was just two days old, he found with a badly severed leg and rushed to a veterinary hospital. That leg couldn’t be saved, and, suddenly, living a life in the wild was no longer an option. Instead, he went to live with a veterinary technician and the many animals she’d previously rescued. - August 20, 2020


People caught trying to feed moose pizza in Colorado August 18, 2020 OutThere Colorado
... Jefferson County Open Space Ranger Ben Stanley took to Twitter "... Please don’t approach wildlife for any reason, moose can be extremely dangerous. Save the pizza for the Rangers ..."

These mule deer and coyotes are regular visitors at the water hole, but this is the first time I have seen them there at the same time. - August 18, 2020


 Local deer finally free August 16, 2020 Texas, hccommunityjournal.com
... The deer had been a familiar sight roaming Kerrville near Barbara Ann Street since November, sporting a trash can lid stuck, inexplicably, around her head for the past 9 months... McCoy successfully cornered the deer in a back yard and removed the trash can lid off her head ...


  Abandoned fawn becomes a dear friend for Zalas family August 16, 2020 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
...  Does often leave fawns for up to 12 hours.  A day later Clint returned to the island and the fawn was still in the same spot and no mom anywhere.  The fawn was not cleaned off from birth and was stressed... it had the signs of dehydration such as curling of the ears ... [lives free and mingles with other deer] ...

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