Deer Management News This Week

...  Statewide, the number of either-sex permits is being reduced by 4,925. Antlerless-only permits are being reduced by 6,375. The 11,300 permits amount to a reduction of about 4.1 percent. Last year, 277,585 firearm permits were available compared with 266,285 for the upcoming season... 

Downtown deer July 22, 2014 Colorado, Durango Herald 
... spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said ... Parks and Wildlife studies wild deer only on public lands.  “We don’t look at urban, town deer. They just don’t fit into our biological models,” ... Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists estimate that statewide, the deer population has decreased 36 percent, culled by tough winters and coyotes ...

... Lyndhurst, Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights and University Heights make up the Eastside Wildlife Management Partnership... The group plans to spend about $54,000 on a deer survey ... There were no deer in Ohio at the turn of the century, and the population has grown rapidly since the 1990's, according to Cleveland Metroparks Director of Natural Resources Terry Robison. [historically abundant in Ohio, deer were hunted to near extinction by the turn of the century, declining population since 2008]

Deer farmers fire back on CWD issue July 21, 2014 West Virginia, West Virginia MetroNews
... When the virus was first discovered in West Virginia in 2006, emergency rules were enacted by the Division of Natural Resources Director to prevent the transport of the live animals. ... “The deer farmers of West Virginia have never discovered a CWD-positive animal in their herds despite testing 100% of eligible mortalities since 2006.” ...

... Officials estimate Jekyll Island would pay $10,000 to hire U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters to kill 80 deer ...

Bloomington, Officials consider deer hunting in Eagle Creek Park July 21, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... While state parks routinely cull deer, including Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence, animal lovers opposed hunting when the Eagle Creek deer problem was last discussed in 2012. City officials in Bloomington have fought repeatedly over the issue...

Milton, State considers plan to thin deer herd in Milton's Blue Hills July 21, 2014 Massachusetts, milton.wickedlocal.com 
... The Senate’s version of a $1.9 billion environmental bond bill includes Joyce’s provision to fund a program to cull the populations of hundreds of deer in the Blue Hills and on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  Joyce didn’t estimate how much the deer program would cost. It’s part of a $10 million portion for a range of spending...

Hunters can expect changes for the 2014-15 deer season July 20, 2014 Mississippi, MS News Now
... "We will still have primitive weapon seasons, and hunters will be restricted to primitive weapons on the management areas," ...  Hunters can now harvest five antlerless deer without a daily bag limit during the season.  In terms of bucks, hunters are allowed to harvest one legal buck per day, but can't exceed three during the season ...

Fairfield County Deer alliance marks 10 years July 20, 2014 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot 
... Until deer numbers are restored to 10-12 deer per square mile, serious consideration needs to be given to allowing year-round hunting on private property. [recent U.S. forest service research indicates deer density of 15 to 28 per square mile is optimal for forest regeneration] ...

Can FWP do anything right? July 19, 2014 Montana, Daily Inter Lake
... Following the winter of 96-97, the experts dropped just about all the “B” tags for whitetail does ... they realized they were not pulling in the revenue they needed for all their pet projects, so they started increasing the “B” tags for does... Pretty good revenue enhancer.  Unfortunately, even the specialists at FWP realized the whitetail deer population was nose-diving... 

... The moose population in northern Minnesota's forests is dwindling, but a tax that voters raised in 2008 could help save the giants... A handful of other states have looked into expanding outdoors-related spending, and a few
 did by raising taxes, but Minnesota lawmakers found they needed to include money for arts and culture projects, such as theaters and artwork, for the measure to get enough legislative votes...

'Snapshot Wisconsin' project to put eye on wildlife July 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
... The "Snapshot Wisconsin" project hopes to work with citizens across the state to monitor and maintain about 4,000 trail cameras ... Stenglein hopes the study will help the DNR piece together a comprehensive map showing wildlife numbers and distribution patterns, and how they change by season. Currently, much of what we know about wildlife populations is based on harvest data ...

Radnor BOC deems winter deer cull a success July 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, Main Line Media News
... The USDA culled 300 deer over 16 nights in Radnor Township, from November 25, 2013 to April 10, 2014. Another 57 deer were removed by the Chester Valley Deer Management Association bow hunters... For 2015 it will cost Radnor $51,142 for the USDA to cull deer for 10 nights. Fifteen nights would cost $72,757...

Clear Creek fire endangers mule deer habitat July 18, 2014 Nevada, Record-Courier 
... This mule deer herd was estimated to be about 4,400 animals in the late 1970s, but development along the Carson Front and adjacent valleys (Eagle Valley and Carson Valley) has reduced the herd estimate to 970 mule deer...

Blame the 'hunters' in the captive deer controversy July 18, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
...  interstate movement of these farmed deer, and with interstate movement, there is a chance that deer with CWD could spread the disease to other states... They want state agriculture departments to oversee their industry. Can you say less oversight? ...

Minnesota Moose Population July 18, 2014 Bowhunting.com
... The population has in fact dropped more than 50% since 2006. Starting in 2012, the Minnesota DNR indefinitely closed the moose hunt for the state. They also launched a 1.2 million dollar moose mortality study to try and indentify the cause of these drastic declines.  Many wildlife biologists believe the milder and shorter winters of the late 2000s and early 2010s may have been detrimental to moose ...

Hunting Fees Going To Private Landowners July 18, 2014 Michigan, Michigan Capitol Confidential 
... 12 wildlife habitat grant winners for the "Deer PLAN" (Private Land Assistance Network) ... The DNR ... argue that the 24 percent of land that is publicly owned does not have enough impact on deer in the state and grants need to go to private groups...

Avon Lake defines deer-culling program July 18, 2014 Ohio, Chronicle-Telegram
... A mother deer and her two fawns play at Bleser Park in Avon Lake. Council on Monday passed an ordinance allowing residents to manage deer populations through bow hunting... permits only will be issued after the property has been visited by the chief or his designee ...

... “We are especially thrilled with the board’s approval of projects in this round that will lead to the long-term protection of fragile deer wintering areas,” said David Trahan, Executive Director for the Maine Sportmen’s Alliance... 

Pennsylvania to get 'elk's eye view' of habitat July 17, 2014 Press & Sun-Bulletin 
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission has fitted one of the state's resident elk with a video camera collar in hopes of determining a few things about the day-to-day life of a large cervid in the east....

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance funded a new collar for a pilot program. The new collar records video and audio and will be collected in 75 days to discover what will hopefully be new and exciting information about Pennsylvania elk.



Fish and Game Discounts Second Tags for Deer, Elk July 17, 2014 Idaho, MagicValley.com
... When Fish and Game raised tag prices for elk by 12 percent and deer by 17 percent in 2009, tag sales dipped by 18 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Sales have continued to decline since ... “The key is to find that (price) that socially it does not appear we are devaluing the tag and the animal in the interest of generating revenue,” ...

Carbondale Allows Bow Hunting at Cedar Lake July 16, 2014 Illinois, WSIL TV 
... Bow hunters will have a new place to go this fall. The Carbondale city council has approved opening Cedar Lake to archers as a way to cut down on the number of deer.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says about 15 to 20 deer per square mile is pretty high [15 to 28 deer per square mile is optimal for forest regeneration according to a recent forest service study]

Avon Lake, Ohio. New ordinance allows Avon Lake residents to bow hunt deer year-round limit the deer population and number of deer related car accidents. - July 16, 2014 Ohio


Deer feeding project cost: $200,225 July 16, 2014 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... The harsh conditions last winter prompted the action when the Winter Severity Index rose to a level that threatened the survival of many deer in northeastern Minnesota... “There were a total of 969 individuals who obtained feed through the program. These volunteers put feed out to 1,123 documented sites across the 13 DNR-approved deer permit areas in northeastern Minnesota,” according to the MDHA release...

... more than 200 counts of illegal hunting... sentenced a Bend man to 30 days in jail and ordered him to pay $66,050 in fines for guiding illegal hunting expeditions...

Help GF&P find deer solution July 16, 2014 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal 
... Deer populations in the state have dropped dramatically in recent years, and the GF&P is struggling to find ways to help the deer rebound while satisfying the hunting demand ... will survey the 66,000 hunters ...

The Telegraph 
... The day that Donald Hodge Sr. fell and died in Allen Parish, state agriculture officials issued a quarantine against his Lake Charles deer farm...   Donald Hodge Sr. might have purchased infected deer from a Pennsylvania farm .... does that likely were offloaded in the middle of the night and driven into Mississippi to an illegal deer farming operation...

What do Missourians Think about Protecting Deer? July 16, 2014 Missouri, Kansas City infoZine 
... The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved proposed regulation changes to the Missouri Wildlife Code regarding the operations of hunting preserves ... Share your comments on limiting the spread of CWD among captive and free-ranging deer... Survey Here

Decline in hunting permits shows shifting leisure trends July 16, 2014 Minnesota, Twin Cities Daily Planet
... In the 12 years of data available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources there has been a marked stagnation in hunting and fishing licenses. The hunting license numbers remain at 2000 levels, despite state population growth ...  Lost licensing revenue and declining interest in hunting can and should prompt policy priority reflection ...

...  deer populations in many states are actually in decline... In Wyoming, mule deer populations have declined by 168,000 or 31 percent since 2000 according to recent numbers released by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). The report also highlighted significant declines in North Dakota, Utah, and New Mexico...

Avon Lake OKs year-round deer bow hunting July 15, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Grab a crossbow, obtain the proper paperwork and you’re on your way to taking part in deer culling efforts in this lakeside community... The new legislation permits the taking of deer with archery equipment as long as an application for a municipal deer control permit is submitted to police ...

State says elk will persist in face of CWD July 15, 2014 Wyoming, WyoFile
... The paper ... feedgrounds are a key component in sustaining population numbers that allow hunting ... CWD won’t devastate feedground elk said Scott Edberg, deputy chief of the Game and Fish wildlife division...

Deer declining across Colorado and West July 14, 2014 Denver Post 
... The nation's largest mule deer herd, located in northwestern Colorado, has decreased over the past decade by more than two-thirds — to 32,000 at latest estimate, down from 105,900 in 2005... The causes vary from energy development to hard winters and aren't always clear...  the latest CPW population estimates ... show a statewide decline in mule deer ... down to 390,600 in 2013 from 614,100 in 2005... Across western states, deer decreased by about 10 percent overall between 2003 and 2009 ...

Deer in Massachusetts headlights July 14, 2014 Shelter Island Reporter
...  the State Senate has approved a $1.9 billion four-year environmental bond bill ... The aim is to develop a plan to cull deer herds by October... It appears that much of that money will be spent on deer control ... 

Missouri veto resonates through captive deer hunting industry July 14, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... Nixon vetoed legislation that would have transferred oversight of the state's deer breeders from wildlife officials to Missouri's agriculture department... Many state wildlife agencies are concerned about the risk of spreading disease, especially the always fatal deer ailment known as chronic wasting disease ... Those risks were ­uncovered this spring in an Indianapolis Star investigation ...

Missing deer mystery unleashes litigation July 14, 2014 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... Hodge himself was lying dead in the woods. Exactly where the does ended up remains unclear... Called CWD, it is to deer what mad cow disease is to cows. Officials wanted to find the does and kill them before CWD became an epidemic in Louisiana... Exactly where the does ended up remains unclear...

Pennsylvania ban on Sunday hunting upheld July 14, 2014 Great Lakes Echo
... Pennsylvania’s ban on most Sunday hunting doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has ruled in a suit against the state Game Commission.  There is no constitutional right to hunt, U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane said ... 

Fawns are born into a dangerous world July 13, 2014 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
,,. Coyotes potentially caused up to 63 percent of mortalities in white-tailed deer fawns in an Alabama population (Saalfeld and Ditchkoff 2007) and 80 percent of mortalities in a South Carolina population ...  The long-held and cherished image of the big-racked buck that rules a harem and has exclusive breeding rights, due to his superior fighting equipment and size has been shown not to be the case ...

About your deer, part 1, declining population July 13, 2014 South Carolina,  Times and Democrat
... Dr. Charles Ruth who is the project manager for deer ...says ... predominant factors in this decline....  seems to be habitat loss due to the many acres that are planted in ten- year old and older planted pine. These areas are basically wildlife deserts... The second major factor is the migration of coyotes into our state over the last decade...

... Metro Parks, Serving Summit County wrote it "approves of public archery on the former Cleveland Youth Development Center ... The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which manages hunting in the state, supported hunting and said it "believes that hunting within city limits not only helps reduce potential nuisance situations but also provides a recreational opportunity within the city." ...

... Dr. Jacqueline Frair, an associate professor with the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York ... said ...  “The does all drop their fawns in a short window so it kind of overwhelms the predator - coyotes. It’s an effective strategy [predator swamping] because there’s too many fawns that the coyotes can’t kill them all,” ... Predator swamping is only effective where deer numbers are high enough to produce a significant number of fawns, Frair added. In areas where there’s few deer, it won’t work ...

Effects of male‐biased harvest on mule deer: Implications for rates of pregnancy, synchrony, and timing of parturition  ED Freeman, RT Larsen, ME Peterson, CR Anderson… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2014
...  Our objectives were to compare rates of pregnancy, synchrony of parturition, and timing of parturition between exploited mule deer populations with a relatively high (Piceance, CO, USA; 26 males/100 females) and a relatively low (Monroe, UT, USA; 14 males/100 females) male/female ratio. We determined rates of pregnancy via ultrasonography and timing of parturition via vaginal implant transmitters. We found no differences in rates of pregnancy ... timing of parturition ... or synchrony of parturition ... between Monroe Mountain and Piceance Basin, respectively ...

What Predicts Support for Antler Point Restrictions?  SA Schroeder, L Cornicelli, DC Fulton, MD Grund - Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 2014
... Type of deer pursued and agency trust were the strongest predictors of APR support, followed by satisfaction with deer seen, and years of hunting experience. Hunters who targeted big bucks, had more trust in the agency, and expressed more satisfaction with deer seen in the field, were more supportive of the APR. Hunters who had more deer-hunting experience were less supportive...

... deer can indirectly benefit hardwoods by reducing competition with palatable forbs (ch. 3). In general, these results show that fire suppression in central Texas oak-dominated woodlands is causing a shift not to more mesic-adapted species, as observed in the eastern US, but to J. ashei, which is at least as xeric-adapted as oak, a process I termed 'juniperization'...

The truth about deer management July 11, 2014 Missouri, LakeExpo.com
... For years and years, deer-raising farms increased in Missouri for the purpose of raising and selling big antlered bucks. They brought in deer from various states where chronic wasting disease was known to be prevalent. Those pen-raised deer had been fed meat and bone by-products to create those big antlers in a way that helped advance the spread of the chronic wasting disease ...

Does coyote urine scare deer? July 11, 2014 Indiana, Hunting Indiana ProBoards
... Nope! I put a small pile of grain in front of my camera and a coyote decided to pee on it.  15 minutes later a doe was eating the grain....

Tompkins County bowhunters dissatisfied with state's deer focus areas July 11, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... we disagree with the assertion that killing off deer in outlying rural areas will have a significant impact on the deer in suburbia, where hunting is not possible. Those suburban areas offer high-quality food and cover. Deer will live and reproduce there in numbers as long as that food and cover exist ,,,

... The bill ... requiring state environmental officials to identify areas where deer overpopulation is harming forestation, water resources, or plant growth on state land and to develop a plan to cull deer herds by October, 2014...

Good news on deer disease, CWD July 10, 2014 Ohio, The Buckeye Lake Beacon 
... State and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads from September 2013 through March 2014 ... all samples were negative for CWD for the 12th consecutive year...

State feels pocketbook pinch from reducing deer permits July 10, 2014 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal
... state officials decided to reduce the number of deer permits available to hunters to help bolster a thinning deer herd...  the fiscal impacts will be declines of $291,800 from fewer East River licenses and $418,428 from fewer West River licenses ...

Nixon vetoes change to deer oversight July 9, 2014 Missouri, Blue Springs Examiner
... The captive deer industry and legislative sponsors of the bill plan to pursue a veto override attempt when the Legislature convenes in September... The legislation would have defined captive deer as "livestock" similar to cattle, hogs and sheep...

Let's just keep calling deer what they are: wildlife
 July 9, 2014 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... The Legislature, doing the bidding of a few greedy business owners ... passed two bills, Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326, turning over management of the deer, elk and other animals on captive ranches to the Department of Agriculture... Let Mr. Nixon’s vetoes of the captive cervid bills stand...

What's the Oldest Deer on Record? July 9, 2014 Texas, QDMA.com
...  The oldest captive deer record we found was from Joe Hamilton, QDMA’s founder. Joe recounted a captive doe in Texas on the Kerr Wildlife Management Area that was 23 to 24 years old. Amazingly, she had a fawn at that extended age...

North Carolina deer free of chronic wasting disease July 9, 2014 North Carolina, Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media
... The diagnostic laboratory report was from a sampling of more than 3,800 free-ranging deer and elk beginning in 2013 and continuing through earlier this year. Biologists collected brain stem tissue and retropharyngeal lymph nodes from the animals... 

Deer license cuts in South Dakota slice revenue July 9, 2014 Aberdeen News
... The Wildlife Division estimates it will lose about $757,000 of revenue from reductions in deer hunting licenses for the 2014 seasons... The goal is to rebuild populations in many areas...

Captive deer to stay under control of Conservation July 9, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... With Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of two bills, captive deer will remain under the control of the Missouri Department of Conservation... Farris Adams spends a little time with Texas Tebow, a 3-year-old buck whitetail deer, on Tuesday at the Rattlesnake Ridge Whitetails farm near Cape Girardeau. "I love that animal as much as I love my dog," Adams said ...

Allendale, North Jersey experts propose bow hunt to curb deer population July 9, 2014 News 12 New Jersey
... Wildlife experts say the state's deer population is exploding, and some are proposing an extreme measure to control it. [According to the DEP, the population has fallen from about 200,000 in the 1990's to a little over 100,000 in 2014] ... he ultimate decision about a possible deer hunt rests in the hands of the borough council...

Doe Licenses in Pennsylvania July 9, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News 
... Compared to the previous license year, 59,500 fewer antlerless licenses have been allocated statewide this year, and most wildlife-management units (WMUs) have fewer licenses available... A listing of antlerless licenses allocated by WMU, as well as the remaining allocation, can be viewed on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), by clicking on “Doe License Update” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage...

String deer fence, White-tailed deer aplenty as summer progresses in Kentucky July 9, 2014 KyForward.com
... String fences are a viable option on small plots. They are constructed with metal fence posts, twine used to bale hay, and fluorescent one-inch plastic flagging tape. The idea is to create a web of string around and across rows of crops. Deer see the “fence” of tape fluttering in the breeze as a barrier. They can easily jump over the string, but are afraid they might be entangled...





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Deer in the News
So, what can those deer hear? July 19, 2014 Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer
... “A deer’s hearing capabilities isn’t that different from ours ... Their greatest capability is in the same range as sounds we hear.” ... Deer can also detect sound at lower volumes than we can, although the difference isn’t great...





... His idea was to construct a makeshift "corral" ... I jumped on one of them and grabbed his leg and wrapped him in the blanket ... When the fawns were put down on the ground, the pair went running up a path, in the direction of the does...



Animal rights group offering big rewards for poachers July 14, 2014 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... The Humane Society of the United States recently offered a $5,000 reward ... you shouldn't need a fat reward to do the right thing. Killing a doe with fawns is despicable, and anyone with information about who is responsible should step forward and bring the poacher to justice.



Out on the water over the weekend, my wife and I came across a deer. It may have been trying to swim to Canada, as it was quite far out. We sort of tried to corral it back into shore where it finally got out of the water. There is a lot of video of it in the water to give you an indea of how far out it was, it had already swum in about 100 feet before my wife started the recording. - July 14, 2014



Just how well do deer see and hear? July 12, 2014 Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer 
... Research Scientist Bradley Cohen, Ph.D., from the University of Georgia recently trained deer to alert researchers when they could see different wavelengths and intensities of light... deer were most sensitive to blue light and least sensitive to red. Deer were also able to detect ultraviolet light. “Because there’s a lot of blue light at dawn and at dusk in their environment,” deer see best during these times of the day,” ...

About a month ago, Lil Buck was Happily hanging out w/all the Does. But for the past few weeks, a Doe has been chasing him around trying to run him off. For the past couple weeks, the only one he seemed to have to hang out with was an old buck that ignored him & got grouchy sometimes so I'm happy to see him w/a new buck friend. Most of the Bucks I see hang out w/another buck and seem to have some sort of bond and even groom each other. - July 13, 2014



This Weekend, Behold The Giant Buck Moon July 11, 2014 California, Mashable 
...  July's perigee full moon is called a Buck Moon, since young male deer are said to sprout their antlers around the time of its appearance ...

Kiawah Island, Most romantic beaches in Georgia and the Carolinas July 10, 2014 South Carolina, USA Today 
... Just south of historic Charleston, Kiawah Island offers couples a getaway filled with breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and Lowcountry luxury. The hard-packed sand on the 10-mile beach is perfect for bicycling; as you and your sweetheart pedal along, you'll likely spot deer peeking at you from behind the grassy dunes. ...

Man Rescues Fawn From Window Well July 8, 2014 Colorado, KKTV 
... After successfully rescuing the baby, Todd Dierdorff, who lives in Rockrimmon on the northwest side of town, quickly places the fawn on the ground next to its mother. On slightly unsteady legs, the baby deer follows after its mom as the pair walks away...

Wildlife officials: Leave fawns alone July 2, 2014 Mississippi, 16 WAPT 
... Does take great care of their fawns and intentionally leave them bedded and hidden, returning several times a day to nurse them, Wilf said. In a few weeks, the fawns will be up following their mother and will be able to outrun predators...

The first installment of our 2014 project, "Deer Cam". - July 5, 2014



Lonely fawns are not necessarily orphans June 29, 2014 Virginia, The Daily Progress 
... In Virginia, fawns can be born as early as April and as late as Labor Day ...  “A lot of folks find them and don’t understand it’s normal for a doe to leave her fawn alone during the day. She’ll put them down to sleep and then go find food for herself.” ...


A sika deer in full view June 29, 2014 June 29, 2014 Maryland, Delmarva Now
... They were originally released on James Island, at the mouth of the Little Choptank River, just over 100 years ago and spread from there to fill lower Dorchester County and much of the Lower Shore ... never hooked around to populate the northern side of the river ... there's a good chance I have two sika on the place. Happy day! ...

Deer rescue remains a high point during high water June 28, 2014 Iowa, Sioux City Journal 
... floodwaters from the Little Sioux River trapped a fawn... Cherokee Parks Department employees, Jackie Stephen and Jacob Kindwall, headed to the rescue. They grabbed a canoe at Spring Lake Park and rowed 100 yards to the stranded animal...

Why are moose so nosy? Several theories exist June 27, 2014 Ohio, Burlington Free Press A Gannett Company 
... According to Witmer, “moose, with their widely separated nostrils, may have enough separation that each nostril samples a different part of a gradient ...” In other words, thanks to their big noses, moose may be receiving two fields of scent, strengthening their ability to determine the location and distance of smells...

A camper-inspired dangerous diet for deer June 25, 2014 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
... Four deer suddenly appeared ... at Minam State Park ... While the four critters entertained us, what we didn’t see was another deer making a slow end-around and sneaking behind us. The deer slipped past and walked up to our picnic table. In a second, it grabbed a bag of pita bread and started running toward the woods...

Red Deer / Elk June 25, 2014 Florida, Dixie Sportsman's Hunting Preserve
... Red deer known as Elk in North America are the second largest deer in the world, second only to moose.  ...

World's coolest hotel rooms June 25, 2014 Florida, USA Today 
... Reachable only by boat or seaplane, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is located on a private island where wild Key deer roam. A favorite getaway for celebrities ...

Nature Matters: Signs that a fawn needs human help June 24, 2014 Minnesota,  Northland's NewsCenter 
... forget the old notion that a mother won't want her baby back after interaction with a person.  "That's not true for anything. Every mother wants to take care of her young."  ... "If it has been four to six hours and you've been observing the fawn in the distance and the mom has not returned ... that would be the time to call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator...

... Debbie Parker was crushed recently when she said agents from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources told her to give up Baby, the deer she rescued at birth five years ago, for possible destruction. But today, after more than a week of waiting, nothing has happened... McCorkle said the state has contacted the Vermilion municipal prosecutor to determine if a criminal charge of possessing an illegal animal should be lodged against Parker. ...

Oh, Deer/Me June 23, 2014 South Carolina, Charleston Daily Mail 
... I saw a mother deer cleaning her new fawn... Its eyes were open and its head rested out from its body instead of coiled up in a fetal position... Mama remained over the hill, looking up at her little one ... By noon it was clear that the fawn had died... Mama began to pace ... There was something very human about her pain ... Off to the side stood Mama in pounding white rain, staring at me without any reaction to the storm...