Deer Management News This Week

Long Island, 2014 East End Deer Damage Management Report  August 2014 New York, Prepared by: United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Service
... White-tailed deer are a vector of several prevalent and serious tick borne diseases on the East End of Long Island, including Lyme disease ... [White-tail deer are not a vector for Lyme disease - research support. They are immune to Lyme and do not transmit the disease.] ...  To assist East End communities with managing the damage caused by white-tailed deer, Wildlife Services acquired access to more than two dozen properties on the East End to conduct a white-tailed deer damage management demonstration project. In all, WS removed 192 individual deer [at a cost of about $225,000 - over $1,000 per deer]

 Banner deer year expected in 'K/D' August 29, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
 ... deer sightings are up throughout the farmland region of Kewaunee and Door counties.  The "let 'em go, let 'em grow" mantra — the passing up of young bucks to allow more to achieve their body and antler growth potential — appears to have morphed into a "let 'em go, let it (the herd) grow" ... 

Game Commission details chronic wasting disease August 29, 2014 Pennsylvania, Clearfield Progress
... Justin Brown, DVM, Ph.D., ... said the disease is hard to detect because only dead animals can be tested for it... the disease is hard to catch in the early stages, which is why they test deer that are older than 12 months. He added they target the deer they believe could possibly be positive... it starts with a few deer in a small area and then spreads out in a circle. He noted it is like a "brush fire," and then sparks start it up in surrounding areas...

Lawmakers Confident of Veto Overturns on Ag, Captive Deer Bills August 29, 2014 Missouri, OzarksFirst.com
... Nixon vetoed the legislation because it would remove control of captive deer in private hunting operations from the Department of Conservation and put it under the control of the Department of Agriculture. Nixon says that would “clearly” violate the state Constitution...

Avon Lake councilman suggests paintballs to scare off deer August 29, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... A member of Avon Lake Council wants to explore whether residents should be permitted to scare deer away from smaller lots by allowing them to fire at the animals with paintball guns.  Council member Dave Kos, 4th Ward and chairman of the Safety Committee, thinks owners of smaller lots need an alternative since archery equipment — permitted under a new ordinance passed by the Council — would never be approved for use...

...  a rifle firing one of 27 different straight-walled cartridges or head out with a handgun, use a crossbow/longbow/compound bow, a muzzleloading rifle, or stick with a tried-and-true slug-firing shotgun ... , the 2013 general firearms deer-hunting season saw only 277 deer killed by longbows, 483 with crossbows, and 805 with handguns. Even muzzleloading rifles accounted for just 11,093 deer ...

Congress should do more to protect the country from wildfires August 28, 2014 Washington, Washington Post, Peter Goldmark is the Washington state commissioner of public lands
... I’ll never forget the herd of panicked, bloody-faced deer that died head-butting a fence that blocked their only escape route. Despite the scale of disasters such as the Carlton Complex, Congress still pays for federal wildland firefighting as though it were lawn mowing or picnic-table painting ... In 1991, firefighting accounted for only 13 percent of the Forest Service’s budget; today, it consumes half, creating an enormous gap in funding for maintaining the health and fire resiliency of our public forests ...

Addressing The Decline Of Mule Deer August 28, 2014 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
...  There were once over 500,000 mule deer in Wyoming but the population has plummeted to around 375,000... In the 70’s and 80’s, hard winters impacted mule deer numbers, but the species rebounded quickly. In the early 90’s, numbers dropped again but haven’t recovered since...

Fire Island, National Park Service proposes reducing deer herd on Fire IslandAugust 28, 2014 New York, Newsday
... an estimated 300 white-tailed deer now living in about eight square miles ...  the National Park Service weighs options to control the increased population with lethal and nonlethal methods ...

...  the largest intact old-growth temperate rain forest in the world... crucial habitat for the Alexander Archipelago wolf, which is being considered for Endangered Species Act listing, and the Sitka blacktailed deer ... "Without enough old-growth winter habitat in the forest for shelter, deer populations plummet during deep-snow winters," said Gabriel Scott, Cascadia Wildlands' Alaska legal director...

Long Island deer cull deemed failure August 28, 2014 New York, Examiner 
... government sharpshooters hired to eliminate as many as 3,000 animals ... succeeded in killing just 192 does...  commented the Bureau’s executive director Joe Gergela, “It was a pilot project, but it wasn’t as successful as we hoped.”

Managing Arkansas Deer Herds Big Task for Wildlife Officers August 28, 2014 Arkansas, Ozarks First
... Today the strategy is termed Total Herd Management. Cory Gray, deer program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said, “We no longer try to estimate the number of deer we have in the state. Instead we focus on indices that give us information on the health of our deer. This includes body weights, lactation in females and age structure.” ...

7 more CWD deer found August 28, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News 
... a deer farm just west of DuBois ... a total of nine deer testing positive for the disease... an “unprecedented level of infection in a captive deer herd.” ... what happens after those positive Jefferson County deer urinated on the ground and those [disease causing] prions flowed outside the fence ...

Louisiana hunters kill more hogs than deer August 28, 2014 The Times-Picayune
...  "Research shows that deer and hogs do not mix and that deer can be displaced by hogs. Research has shown that deer-detection rates can be ... 49 percent less where hogs occur. Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation...

Louisiana's top 20 parishes for deer density August 28, 2014 The Times-Picayune 
... Here they are, in order of forested acres per deer:  
1. East Carroll - 27
2. Tensas - 46
3. Madison - 61
4. West Baton Rouge - 80
5. West Feliciana - 85   ...

... Statewide harvest for the 2013-14 was estimated at 166,200 deer, up from 152,700 the previous season. The climb puts the annual harvest at similar levels to the late 1980s but still far below the 250,000-plus deer per year that hunters took in the late 1990s... estimates the statewide deer population at a minimum of 500,000 ... some habitats that are declining and some that have already declined ...

The automatic association of Lyme disease with deer may be flawed August 27, 2014 Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard Times 
... The abundance of deer and near absence of ticks in Aquinnah’s lush wetland forest, and abundance of ticks despite a lower number of deer in Chilmark’s dry oak forest suggest that the differences go deeper than the relationship between deer and their parasites...One of the chief differences between them is that oak forests produce more starch in the form of acorns that squirrels can hoard, leaving plenty for other rodents such as white-footed mice, which serve as the hosts for immature deer ticks. The mice are a crucial carrier of the ticks, which thrive, even when there aren’t many deer ...

New technology clashes with hunting ethics August 27, 2014 Oregon, The Bulletin 
... Colorado passed a ban on hunting or scouting with drones in January 2014. Alaska, Montana and New Mexico followed suit with similar bans. Idaho and Wisconsin addressed the issue with existing regulations... The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife could employ a fleet of drones to count deer, elk and pronghorn herds...

Deer problems expected on charred Methow winter range August 27, 2014 Washington, The Spokesman-Review 
... The Carlton Complex fires burned and leaped across more than 256,000 acres in July and August, the largest fire covering recorded in Washington. ... significant portions of mule deer winter range have been burned. Some has been burned badly ...

... Shooting at night from the back of trucks and tree stands over bait, Wildlife Services killed 132 deer on the North Fork and 60 deer on the South Fork... challenges that hampered the cull, including bad weather, legal challenges and "direct interference from individuals opposed to this project." ...

Fewer than 200 deer killed in $225K cull that ‘didn’t work August 27, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times
... Granted $200,000 from New York State and another $25,000 from Southold Town to hire United States Department of Agriculture sharpshooters, the Long Island Farm Bureau launched a program ...  the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island and Hunters for Deer — unsuccessfully sued Southold Town for its decision to allocate funds to the cull... 192 deer actually killed ...

Biologists Find Unprecedented Level of CWD in Deer Farm August 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, Deer & Deer Hunting
... The seven deer were identified earlier this year on a farm in Pennsylvania as having the disease ... “This is an unprecedented level of infection in a captive deer herd,” ...

... Pennsylvania detected CWD in 2012 at a deer farm in Adams County. The disease since has been detected in free-ranging deer in Bedford and Blair counties, and in captive deer at a Jefferson County deer farm.  There is no practical way to test live animals for CWD, nor is there a vaccine...

... The Deer-Elk Ecology Research (D.E.E.R.) project – a collaborative venture of the Muley Fanatic Foundation, the University of Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department – aims to learn exactly what factors are hurting mule deer numbers ....

Development, CWD weigh on diminishing deer August 26, 2014 Wyoming, WyoFile 
... “Within the historic endemic area, the prevalence of CWD [chronic wasting disease] in deer was similar to the 2007 and 2009 levels of 37 percent,” ... specialists at the Inaugural Wyoming Mule Deer Summit had their own views of the causes and solutions to mule deer declines, industrial development in the form of sprawling gas fields emerges as a significant contributor...

Mt. Lebanon creeps toward decision on deer solution August 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac 
... Discussion at the Aug. 25 meeting centered on the possibility of allocating $40,000 in unassigned fund balance to deer sterilization... Tony DeNicola, president of wildlife management consultancy White Buffalo, told her new research indicated a community may have to cull 90 percent of its deer population in the initial effort. Otherwise, breeding may soon offset any population reduction...

... The timber sale project area covers more than 200,000 acres on Prince of Wales Island close to Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove...  there will be so much deer habitat lost ... Multiple Alaskan and national conservation groups have called this scale of cutting of old-growth forest irresponsible...
... Wolves were driven to extinction in Washington in the early 1900s by a government-sponsored eradication program on behalf of the livestock industry. Their population has grown to at least 52 wolves today.  Some ranchers and hunters vehemently oppose the return of the wolves, saying the animals prey on livestock and deer populations... 

Clear Lake, Local herd of deer infected with fatal disease, CWD August 25, 2014 Iowa, KIMT
... chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... Officials with the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service worked to terminate this small population infected by the disease ... 

The Advocate 
... The secret to a good seed bed is basically creating a plot full of bare soil with an ideal pH level  ... A pH level higher than seven is considered a “base,” while a reading lower than seven is acidic.  “You want to get between six and five, in general,” Reed said. “That’s the optimum level. When you get down into the fours, you certainly need to be liming.” ...

California Deer Population Decline August 23, 2014 SF Gate
... In the Bay Area, most people see deer at parks with meadows, at golf courses and at homes in the foothills ... But statewide, the deer population has dropped from 2 million in the 1960s to about 445,000 ... For 30 years, the state's population growth has converted about 75,000 acres of wildlife habitat per year to housing. Predation from mountain lions is higher than at any time in the past 100 years. The ability of habitat to sustain wildlife in many areas has failed from commercial use...

‘Iconic species of West’ facing decline August 23, 2014 Colorado, Post Independent 
... Colorado’s statewide deer population was estimated at 390,000 in 2013, down from roughly 600,000 in 2006... Part of the problem is that cause of the population decline isn’t immediately apparent. It could be disease, predators, habitat fragmentation, roadkill or recreation... There’s also the possibility that the mule deer is a canary in the coal mine...

We can’t afford to let deer go down for the count August 23, 2014 Maine, Portland Press Herald ·
... A 2007 outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, described as a 100-year event, was followed by an even more devastating 2012 outbreak resulting in deer population declines of 10 and even 20 percent in some states. Meanwhile, the chronic wasting disease has been identified in 22 states and two Canadian provinces...

Where does conservation funding come from? August 23, 2014 Ohio, Courier 
... Ohio sells almost 38,000 hunting licenses and 41,000 deer permits to non-residents ... Resident deer hunters have voiced a concern that Ohio is an undervalued state ... A proposed increase for non-resident hunting licenses and a deer tag from $149 to $250 is below the average non-resident cost, $350, of other high-quality deer hunting states...

Forest Service upholds Big Thorne decision August 23, 2014 Alaska, Ktoo
...    on Prince of Wales Island close to Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove. The proposed harvests would include more than 6,000 acres of old-growth forest, and more than 2,000 acres of second-growth... Southeast Alaska Conservation Council ... is concerned about the cumulative effects of old growth timber harvest on deer populations. He said hunters in the area would see reduced availability...

... Earthjustice also sued to challenge the forest-wide Tongass Land Management Plan, which fails to preserve the old growth trees that provide crucial habitat to numerous species including the Sitka black-tailed deer ... 

...  the U.S. Forest Service upheld the decision for the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island... Multiple Alaskan and national conservation groups have called this scale of cutting of old-growth forest irresponsible. They are concerned about the impact it will have on wildlife populations – mainly deer and wolves...

Kelly says Ag/Dairy/Deer bill won't be overridden August 22, 2014 Missouri, Brownfield
... Kelly, who helped author the landmark dairy portion of the bill, says special interests are responsible for attaching the part of the bill that would move the regulation of captive deer to the state Department of Agriculture away from the Conservation Department ...  won’t come up again in the 2015 legislative session...

Texas reports 2nd animal anthrax case this year August 22, 2014 Outbreak News Today
... Anthrax has been confirmed in a whitetail deer in southeastern Edwards County. This is the second confirmed case of Anthrax in Texas this year; the first in a deer. In June 2014, Texas reported a confirmed anthrax case in a goat in Kinney County...

Deadly deer virus may be spreading August 22, 2014 Oregon, Mail Tribune
... The deadly adenovirus that has been decimating urban blacktails this summer in Southern Oregon has been discovered in forested areas, worrying biologists that it might be spreading to migratory herds... Dead deer recently have been discovered high in the East Evans Creek drainage and the Buck Prairie area off Dead Indian Memorial Road in the hills east of Ashland ...

Deadly Deer Disease Raising Concerns About Hunting Preserves August 22, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... Deer farmers have been battling the Department of Natural Resources in court and at the statehouse for eight years over an attempt to ban enclosed deer-hunting areas... At the center of the controversy is a deadly disease that’s spreading rapidly in neighboring states called Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD...
CWD Impacts Pennsylvanians Who Hunt Out-of-state August 22, 2014 
    Those who hunt out-of-state are reminded that Pennsylvania prohibits importing specific carcass parts from members of the deer family – including mule deer, elk and moose – from 21 states and two Canadian provinces.  The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose in: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland (only from CWD Management Area), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York (only from Madison and Oneida counties), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area), West Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area, which includes parts of three counties), Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan...

Lawsuit brings unintended consequence to deer cull August 22, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times 
... a state Supreme Court judge issued a restraining order in March as part of a lawsuit over a controversial deer cull program organized through the Long Island Farm Bureau ... the injunction has prevented the government from handing out nuisance permits to farmers... Nuisance permits allow farmers to hunt on their own land outside the normal hunting season using tags...

Cover your bases when testing for hemorrhagic disease in deer August 21, 2014 Texas, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laborator
... If  EHD is suspected, it is advisable to also test for another virus, bluetongue (BT).  “The clinical signs and histological lesions for EHD and BT are indistinguishable,” said TVMDL Assistant Agency Director Terry Hensley, DVM ...

... Indiana has not had a confirmed case of CWD, but has had deer transferred to farms from out of state where confirmed cases had been recorded. Several states in the Midwest, including Wisconsin and Missouri, have had deer test positive for CWD... 

Chronic wasting disease found Muddy Gap hunt area August 21, 2014 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune 
... The animal was killed by wardens after being reported as acting strangely west of Muddy Gap. Hunt area 97 borders deer CWD endemic areas 87 and 89 to the east. Hunt area 89 became positive in 2002 and 87 in 2007...

Do whitetails alter their habits to avoid coyotes? August 21, 2014 Georgia, Outdoor News
... growing coyote populations are causing at least some degree of havoc on whitetail herds... Georgia, like Illinois, is in the middle of a coyote population explosion... Biologists at the University of Georgia’s Deer Lab began a unique study last summer, looking at white-tailed deer in two separate controlled environments – one with coyotes and one without...

Medford, Deer fencing issue debated in Medford August 21, 2014 New Jersey, South Jersey Local News 
... township planner Scott Taylor came up with recommendations that would allow 8 feet high open deer netting in back and side yards.  Standards would require the netting be black or dark brown material that is specifically designed for the eye to look through and beyond it...

Deer abundant in Arkansas, but not evenly distributed August 20, 2014  Magnolia Reporter 
... Before 1998, the goal was to have more deer in the state, and hunters went after male deer, the bucks. The buck-doe ratio became badly skewed... in some area hunters complained that they were seeing 12, 15, even 20 does for every buck they spotted.  In 1998 under the prodding of Witt Stephens, an AGFC commissioner at the time, the three-point rule was established. This meant only a buck with at least three points on one side of its antlers could be taken legally by hunters...

Deer Hunting in Wisconsin August 20, 2014 Realtree
... While the state is trying to make its complex system more simple, it also seems willing to ignore the fact that CWD is expanding in southern Wisconsin, relaxing regulations and eliminating seasons meant to curtail the disease, a result of serious pressure from the hunting community ...

... Federal agricultural officials say they will not restrict the interstate shipment of captive deer — despite disease concerns raised by scientists and six members of Congress...So far, 21 states have issued such bans, fearing the spread of the always-fatal deer ailment, chronic wasting disease...  CWD spreads slowly in the wild, but if "we put it in a truck, we can move disease at 65, 70 mph across the landscape." ...

Panel studies whether to regulate deer preserves August 19, 2014 Indiana, RTV 6 ABC
... The Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources ... The 14-member panel was studying CWD and the risk of the disease spreading into Indiana from importing deer for use in high-fenced shooting preserves.  There are four hunting preserves in the state... 

Lawmakers Question Whether Deer Preserves Should Be Allowed August 19, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... Groups such as the Quality Deer Management Association, the Indiana Wildlife Federation and the Indiana Deer Hunters Association want the high-fenced deer hunting industry outlawed, particularly asking for a ban on the import of captive deer from other states.  They say captive deer hunting puts Indiana at greater risk of exposure to chronic wasting disease ...

DNR Nixes Expanded Hunting in Natural Areas August 19, 2014 Minnesota, AM 1240 WJON
... Steve Hirsch, director of the DNR’s Ecological and Water Resources Division, says heavy public opposition prompted the decision...

Deer Archery Season to Open September 5 August 20, 2014 Maryland,  Southern Maryland News Net 
... New this year, in Region A hunters may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, an antler point restriction institutes that a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. ..

Broadview Heights fields deer complaints August 19, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Broadview council reminded residents that in 2010, it voted 4-3 to allow bow hunting of deer on lots measuring at least 5 acres.  However, Broadview Deer, a deer advocacy group, gathered enough signatures to place the bow-hunting ordinance on the ballot, and voters overturned it...

North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik pushes to make Ohio manage deer August 19, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... The state should manage Ohio's troublesome deer population through culling, birth control or other methods, says North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik... The letter says that since the state wrested control of oil and gas wells from municipalities, it should also accept responsibility for deer management...

Brigham City's urban deer herd growing August 19, 2014 Utah, Ogden Standard-Examiner 
... These are city deer. A herd of at least 60 or more ... likely second-generation, even third-generation removed from the mountainous hillsides to the east their forebears fled after the particularly harsh winters of the mid-1980s drove them into residential developments for food ... residents have complained to the city, as gardens, shrubs and peach trees are getting nibbled ...

Pronghorn, deer numbers down but elk doing well in NW Wyoming August 19, 2014 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
... For the past few years, these deer populations have struggled with harsh winters along with yearly outbreaks of hemmorhagic disease ... It will likely take a couple years for these populations to rebound, barring anymore disease outbreaks ... For the northern portion of the Bighorn Mountains, buck numbers have been holding steady with a slightly decreased buck harvest in 2012, and a slight improvement in 2013...

Help sought for ravaged mule deer August 19, 2014 Wyoming, WyoFile 
... Their numbers have dropped 36 percent since 1990. Fawn production has declined 20 percent in the last quarter century.  Mule deer habitat has been sucked dry by drought, invaded by development, cut apart by highways... they number about 374,400 today ...

Deer hunters asked to provide age information on their kills  August 19, 2014 Oklahoma, Tulsa World 
... Hunters are asked to pull a jawbone and send photographs of the teeth and jaw to the department. Those who do so will see the age of their deer posted with their harvest information on the state’s online check station... with the department’s initiative with the slogan “Hunters In The Know Let Young Bucks Grow” more mature bucks are showing up in the harvest...

JC Kilgo, M Vukovich, H Scott Ray, CE Shaw, C Ruth - … Journal of Wildlife Management, 2014
... We monitored neonate survival for 4 years prior to (2006–2009) and 3 years during (2010–2012) intensive coyote removal on 3 32-km2 units on the United States Department of Energy's Savannah River Site, South Carolina. We removed 474 coyotes (1.63 coyotes/km2 per unit per year) ... the mortality rate from all other causes did not differ between the pre-treatment period and any year during removals, indicating that coyote predation acted as an additive source of mortality. Survival probability was not related to vegetation cover, either directly or in interaction with coyote abundance. When the objective is to increase the recruitment of white-tailed deer, we conclude that neither coyote control nor vegetation management appear effective ...

... My objectives were to analyze white-tailed deer population dynamics as influenced by deer density and nutrition, model the population dynamics on simulated 20.2 km2 pastures in order to analyze the effects on trophy buck ... In south Texas's highly variable nutritive environment, monitoring for a decrease in mature deer body mass was the first indicator of density-dependence available to managers. Nutrition is clearly limiting in the south Texas landscape, as improving the nutritive state with enhanced nutrition resulted in improved performance in individual deer and their population dynamics...

... Officials at Indiana's Department of Natural Resources have asked four out-of-state wildlife disease experts to testify before the 14-member Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Study Committee.  One of the experts is among the foremost federal authorities on chronic wasting disease, an infectious brain disease that's always fatal to deer and that's been found in 22 states...

Hunting license revenue falls short August 18, 2014 Montana, Independent Record 
... In 2010, a ballot initiative significantly raised prices for nonresident big game licenses. Before 2010, FWP instituted a lottery system as many more nonresident hunters applied than the state had licenses available ... As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,700 big game combos, nearly 1,700 elk combos and more than 550 deer combos remained.




Searching the internet to find and conserve deer information
     Comment on the National Park Service's plan to use sharpshooters to cull more than 2,800 deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia at a cost of about $1.8 million. Open until Sept. 3, 2014.

Deer in the News
Visitors roam among animals at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm August 25, 2014 Tennessee, WBIR-TV
... The deer roam on more than 140 acres but show up to hang out with visitors at the sound of feeding cups and during their regular meals...  the attraction in Sevierville about 25 years ago. The Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo lives up to its name with Zonkies, and reindeer, and Rocky Mountain Elk...

Danbury, CT residents spot a rare all-white deer in the woods August 23, 2014 Connecticut, WWLP 22News 
... “To see one lone white deer was pretty amazing,” ... “It’s probably a Piebold deer as opposed to an albino,  so it does have pigment." ...

... The largest alligator ever recorded in the state of Alabama was caught over the weekend ...  cut open the carcass and found the dead doe stripped off fur but with hooves intact ...

County woman works to save rare white deer August 21, 2014 Virginia, Times Dispatch 
... The story of just how Stith became a champion for white deer begins during a drive from her home in Goochland to Charlottesville, when she came upon a white doe standing in the middle of the highway.  “It was just one of those experiences,” ... Stith learned that only a handful of states have laws to protect white deer from hunters. Virginia does not...

Animals orphaned by AZ monsoons are in safe hands August 20, 2014 August 20, 2014 Arizona, KPHO Phoenix
... A 1-week-old mule deer was discovered in a wash at Desert Mountain GolfCourse north of Carefree ... "She was in an area where her mom couldn't access her," ... Carr said the staff is bottle feeding the deer every few hours.  "She'll eventually stay here and live in our sanctuary." ...

Man shoots deer in neighbor's yard and filmed viciously kicking it August 19, 2014 Ohio, Local 12 WKRC Cincinnati 
... Don McVey picked up a 22 caliber rifle, walked out in his Springfield Township backyard and shot a deer feeding behind a neighbor's home two houses away from him.  Paralyzed but still alive, the deer dropped a short distance away and on a home video it can be seen McVey casually walk up and start viciously kicking the injured animal.  Moments later he dragged the deer towards the woods...

...  the man admitted that he fired two arrows at the deer after becoming frustrated over damage it did to his landscaping.  A neighbor alerted police after spotting the injured deer running across the street...

Johnstown, Attempted Deer Rescue August 19, 2014 Pennsylvania, WTAJ 
... two other deer that were trapped in the same location already died... Tuesday evening around 15 people went into the Conemaugh to try and get the deer out...

Paula Zumberge acquitted of all counts in neighbor's murder August 19, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... acquitted of all charges in the killing of one New Brighton neighbor and the wounding of another in a long-running feud about feeding deer... Authorities had alleged that Zumberge conspired with her husband, Neal C. Zumberge, to lure their neighbors out of their home on May 5 so he could shoot them ... 

... Residents of a tiny village in Ohio are up in arms after they say a game warden shot and killed a tame deer in front of children who had befriended the animal.  People in Clarington - population 384 - said the deer has become known in the area for its friendly demeanor, allowing children and adults to pet it and pose for pictures with it...

Deer playing with geese and sandhill cranes in pond at dusk - August 16, 2014



Rosemount deer acts more like a friendly dog, neighbor August 15, 2014 Minnesota, My FOX 9 
... For months, the deer has domesticated himself in the community. He's posed for pictures ... There have been plenty of sightings over the past few months of the fearless deer that is treating an entire neighborhood like his own personal petting zoo...

There are four deer that travel daily with about a dozen turkey. This morning, one of the foals was playing with a few of the turkeys. - August 16, 2014


... Pictures and video of the deer show the animal playing and posing for photos with people in the town of Clarington ... According to resident Shannon Lee, the officer followed the deer through people’s yards for 20 to 30 minutes before finally shooting it in front of her two daughters... [video below]

Residents of a Ohio community said this week that children in the neighborhood were devastated after they witnessed an officer shoot a deer that had become so friendly that it regularly ate out of people’s hands.



Bucky the deer killed by ODNR August 14, 2014 Ohio, Examiner
... Bucky, the gentle, tame deer in Clarington, Ohio, was ordered by the ODNR to be shot. The ODNR’s excuse was that the deer was capable of becoming dangerous. Apetition prepared by Sandra Barnett-Potts asking that Bucky be spared received more than 700 signatures. Yet on Wednesday afternoon, the friendly deer was shot and killed anyway...

Family Went out Looking for Whales, but Rescued Four Drowning Deer Instead! (PHOTOS) August 14, 2014 Alaska, onegreenplanet.org 
... While the way these four juvenile deer found their way into the cold waters of Alaska’s Stephens Passageway is unknown, what Satre and Kelly did know was that they were in need of assistance. ... “They swam right up toward the boat…then, started to circle the boat. They were looking up and looked like they needed help.” ...

Why Deer Freeze in Your Headlights August 13, 2014 Gizmodo 
... their pupils are larger and far more dilated at night than a human eye. Compound this with the greater amount of light that will reach the retina due to their larger lens, as well as their higher concentration of rods (and rhodopsin), and multiply that by two thanks to their tapetum, together this creates a perfect storm of oversaturation...  they can't see...



... A West Michigan man called his pastor for advice, then reported himself to wildlife officers, after shooting a doe that was eating his garden... He had paralyzed the deer and was feeling guilty ...

... Residents in Clarington say they are shocked and sickened that an Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer is reportedly determined to shoot a tame deer in their community...  the wildlife officer insisted it had to be killed.

Why some deer don't shed their antlers ... August 8, 2014 California, Lake County News
... Deer that don't shed their antlers are commonly called “stags.” This is usually the result of some kind of injury (or maybe deformity) of the testicles.  Testosterone plays a role in both antler development and shedding ...



Woman fawns over injured baby deer August 7, 2014 North Carolina, Rocky Mount Telegram
... Billie Garrett.... a veterinarian nurse who spends every waking hour outside of work caring for baby deer that have been injured or orphaned.  Garrett started Silver Creek Fawn Rescue in 2011 ... Roughly 75 percent of the fawns currently under Billie’s care didn’t need to be there ... Most were picked up by well-intentioned, but naïve people who assumed the fawns were abandoned ...

Springfield, Deer in Springfield seen with arrow in back August 4, 2014 Missouri, KY3 ·\
...  Susan says she's keeping an eye out for Buttons the injured deer.  "He's still eating, as long as it comes up I'll keep feeding it and when I don't see it I'll know something happened to it," ... an officer did come out to the area Sunday to look for the deer, but couldn't find it...



... Lilly’s mother had been hit by a car and was dying in the yard when she gave birth to a tiny fawn ... A complaint from the friend of a neighbor finally brought the Michigan wildlife authorities calling... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources last year granted them an “exhibition class” permit with a limit of one deer that would allow them to keep Lilly...

It is normal behavior for mother deer to leave fawns alone through the day. If you find a healthy fawn alone DO NOT TAKE IT! Leave it and come back and check on it. The biggest problem for deer rehabilitators is well intentioned people who take a healthy fawn from it's mother thinking it needs help. The best outcome for a fawn is to have it's mother raise it. You should always try to contact your local animal control or state fish and game agency for help with orphaned deer. In most states it is illegal to have possession of a deer unless you are a licensed rehabilitator. - July 31, 2014


It’s the season to see Key Deer July 31, 2014 Florida, The Miami Herald 
... Fully grown, these Key Deer stand only two to three feet high, but resemble their bigger siblings in every respect:.. Most are found on Big Pine Key, much of which is under the protection of the National Key Deer Refuge ... Refuge information: 305-872-2239, www.fws.gov/nationalkeydeer

Study looks at human, deer bone similarities July 27, 2014 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... White-tailed deer antlers might someday hold the key to curing bone cancer ... “What we are doing is using antlers as a model of bone grown,” said Dr. David Hewitt, one of the CKWRI researchers involved in the project ... He would also like to see it explain why different Cervidae species grow unique antlers ...

... The child, whose sex couldn't be determined, was found with a visible fracture in the skull and a pair of deer antlers placed across the chest...  in a cave site known as Qafzeh in Galilee, Israel ...

...  Sandusky, Ohio ... Featuring over 200 animals from around the world (including Japan, Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and North & South America), visitors to Lagoon Deer Park are able to walk with, pet and feed the animals ... online at www.sanduskyfunspots.com ...

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.

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,” ...