Deer Management News This Week

Bow hunting season opens, but not for Redding September 18, 2014 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot 
... local hunters believe the deer kill portion to reduce the deer population in the three-year integrated tick management study conducted by the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station has gone too far and there are few deer left...

CWD sampling in north-central MO September 18, 2014 Missouri, Moberly Monitor 
... The cooperative effort is part of MDC's ongoing work to detect cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri's free-ranging deer.  The Conservation Department encourages hunters to take deer harvested in MDC's CWD Containment Zone ... CWD was first found in Missouri in 2010 and remains confined to 21 confirmed cases ...

No such thing as unanimous approval of hunting regulations September 18, 2014 Washington, The Spokesman-Review 
...  Some big-game hunters would never consider sitting over a pile of grain, apples or other bait to fill their tags. Others don’t know how to hunt any other way.  
Washington, Oregon and Utah are the only Western states that allow bait to be used for hunting deer and elk...

DNR localizes deer herd management September 17, 2014 Wisconsin,  Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
... The council is represented by a variety of personnel who are directly related to the issues surrounding deer in Dodge County. From biologists and foresters to law enforcement and agriculture, the council, along with public input is focusing on local herds, local habitats and local statistics...
County Deer Advisory Councils Give Hunters a Voice September 17, 2014 Wisconsin, WBAY
... For the first time Wisconsin DNR officials are asking hunters to join with county leaders in tourism, agriculture, forestry, and transportation, to develop recommendations on deer populations and harvest quotas. ...

Using Science To Catch Deer Poachers September 17, 2014 Michigan, WTKG 
... DNR Lieutenant Wade Hamilton says that a partnership with Michigan State University to do on-line training courses will give conservation officers new tools  ...

Wildlife Advocates Join Experts to Reverse Mule Deer Declines September 17, 2014 Colorado, National Wildlife Federation
... along with other Western states, Colorado and Wyoming have experienced decreases in mule deer populations ... The National Wildlife Federation and Colorado Wildlife Federation produced the fact sheet “Legacy in the Crosshairs: Colorado’s ‘Mule-Deer Factory’ on the Decline,” which focuses on the renowned White River Herd. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has held meetings across the state and is developing a plan to address the decreasing populations...

U.S. Deer Herds in Trouble September 17, 2014 Illinois, Mother Earth News
... Historians believe that nearly 30 million whitetails existed across about 80% of the U.S. before its discovery by European. The mule deer range was about half that size, and their numbers were estimated about one-third that of whitetails... the U.S. deer herd dwindled to 1/60th of its 15th-century population... Unfortunately, individual state deer management, once based in science, has now grown to be political...

Mama deer respond to the cries of human babies September 17, 2014 Arizona, Science News 
... Mule deer and white-tailed deer will respond to the distress calls of babies outside their own species, including humans, as long as those cries fall within the same frequency range as young deer, Susan Lingle of the University of Winnipeg in Canada and Tobias Riede of Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., report September 5 in the American Naturalist...

Altoona changes regulations to make deer hunting easier within city limits September 17, 2014 Pennsylvania, Leader-Telegram
... Altoona used to require that residents have at least a 1-acre parcel to hunt on and have permission from their neighbors. But when the Altoona City Council approved its new regulations in August, it decided permission from neighbors and a minimum lot size are no longer hunting requirements...

Game and Fish Reduces Deer Licenses September 16, 2014 North Dakota, KFYR-TV 
...  12,000 fewer deer gun licenses than it did a year ago.  Jeb Williams, assistant chief of the wildlife division, says deer numbers are devastatingly low.  "We've experienced some really tough winters ...

Deer-collision season begins in October September 16, 2014 Arkansas, Arkansas Online 
... While many blame the deer population for the high number of collisions, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Deer Program Coordinator Gray said is often has more to do with how many highways a state has and where they are located...

More Virginia Drivers Colliding with Deer September  16, 2014  newsplex.com 
... “Human population growth increases traffic volume and the number of roads, fragmenting deer habitats. As a result, deer cross busier highways more often, which can lead to more accidents even with a stable deer population...  Nelson Lafon from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries...

... The East Hampton Town Deer Management Advisory Committee ... recommends that the Town Board use local, trained volunteers to do selective bow hunting ... Over the course of this year, the committee has met with researchers and experts on deer spaying, but for now said it simply will closely follow East Hampton Village’s planned doe spaying program this winter ...

Challenges for Multilevel Stakeholder Engagement in Public Trust Resource Governance EF Pomeranz, DJ Decker, WF Siemer, A Kirsch, J Hurst… - Human Dimensions of …, 2014
... The trend in wildlife management over the last two decades has been to develop locally based approaches for responsiveness to local conditions, but some state wildlife agencies are finding the amount of staff time required to service this approach prohibitive... We argue for comprehensive regional level effort to understand stakeholders augmented with local engagement processes where needed to deal with special circumstances in smaller areas within a region...

Study reveals moves of mature Pa. bucks September 15, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... The results of his study revealed an average home range for mature bucks that fluctuated by season: fall – 900 acres; winter – 800 acres; spring – 717 acres; and summer – 415 acres.  Likewise, the core areas also varied: fall – 116 acres; winter – 115 acres; spring – 100 acres; and summer – 60 acres. These figures were similar in comparison to the studies conducted in other states...

...  Deer hunters are being asked to save deer heads or to use partnering taxidermists so they can test animals for Chronic Wasting Disease. This is especially true in certain central Wisconsin areas ... Last year, five CWD-positive wild deer were discovered in Central Wisconsin...

Captive deer remain wildlife controlled by MDC September 14, 2014 Missouri, Jefferson City News Tribune
...  the captive deer legislation couldn’t pass on its own during the regular legislative session, so they came up with a plan to include the captive cervid language in agriculture omnibus bills (Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326) that they thought were too good to fail. They were wrong. The Governor called their hand and vetoed the legislation...

The Augusta Chronicle 
... “When the objective is to increase recruitment of white-tailed deer, we conclude that neither coyote control nor vegetation management appear effective,” ... scientists removed 474 coyotes from three 7,900-acre parcels ...  “Coyote predation accounted for 80 percent of all mortality during the pre-removal period and 73 percent during the removal period.” ...  at Savannah River Site ...

TWF survey shows that three-buck limit is still up for debate September 13, 2014 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel 
... Only 8 percent of the state's hunters primarily hunt on public land while 62 percent primarily hunt on private property. Another 31 percent of deer hunters split their time between the two... 21 percent said "mature bucks with nice antlers" were the reason they were in the woods, but that was the third highest response, behind hunting for meat (40 percent) and simply enjoying the outdoors (23 percent)...

County deer councils will start to gather information September 13, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... For the first time, a system of County Deer Advisory Councils will develop recommendations for Wisconsin deer management.  The councils were among the recommendations of the Wisconsin White-tailed Deer Trustees Report, a process initiated in 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker...

White-tailed deer hunting season, archery season begin Monday  September 13, 2014 New Hampshire, WMUR 
... Overall fall foods in 2013 were roughly average, with acorns being slightly below the 16-year average while beech nuts and apples were above. With an average fall food year, deer likely went into last winter in relatively good shape... In parts of the state, the deer population has recovered from declines following some severe winters beginning in 2007-08, and deer numbers are improving in many other areas...

Fires destroy winter deer range September 13, 2014 Washington,  KING5.com
... With most of those plants consumed by fire there will be a massive shortage of available food...  the department is preparing by opening an antlerless hunting season this Fall ... they are also preparing to supply food to the herds if it gets to the point where a massive die off is possible....

Deer season is here September 13, 2014 Vermont, The Citizen of Laconia
... in Vermont there is optimism that the herd has benefited from the last three winters, that have not been severe in nature, and the numbers have grown. The herd is estimated at 135,000 and last year’s harvest was 14,116...

Deer hunters help track CWD September 13, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAU News
... “Within Portage, Adams, Juneau, and Marathon Counties, what we’re asking hunters to do is if they’re located within those surveillance areas, provide us with their adult deer heads.”  Those four counties have had deer test positive for the disease before ... 

... We analyzed 27 years of mule deer harvest data from Camp Pendleton, California... we determined that eviscerated body mass of southern mule deer ... was affected by precipitation and relative abundance. We also found that deer were able to recover from periods of poor nutrition and overcome cohort effects by 2.5 years of age, which has not been demonstrated in other ungulate populations. This study demonstrates that body mass can be used as a tool to assess the nutritional state of a population ...

Lingering impact of winter not expected to hamper early hunts September 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Red oaks are producing, but Ternent said acorn production is "pretty poor" among white oaks in the middle of the state... Bitter cold that reached 16 below zero in parts of Southwest Pennsylvania was hard on deer ...

Matthews, Should Bow Hunting Be Allowed In Neighborhoods? September 12, 2014 Wccb Charlotte 
... Flying arrows and dead deer aren't exactly what property owners like Liz Teifer had in mind when she moved into her quiet, family-friendly Matthews community... Teifer's neighbor is one of six applicants asking the Town of Matthews to allow them to shoot deer with bow and arrow on their property. "There's a place for hunting, but it's not in a neighborhood. It's full of kids...

Mule Deer, Declining Population September 12, 2014 Colorado, National Wildlife Federation
... The renowned White River herd in northwest Colorado has plummeted from more than 100,000 in the early 1980s to the current estimate of 32,000 deer. A new fact sheet by the National Wildlife Federation, “Legacy in the Crosshairs: Colorado’s ‘Mule-Deer Factory’ on the Decline” homes in on shrinking habitat ...

Kelly leads charge to scuttle bill altering regulation of captive deer September 11, 2014 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune
... Conservation department scientists believe the disease, also known as CWD, travels across state lines as breeders buy and sell animals and hunting preserves stock their property... “Wildlife biologists in the 10 most affected states say that is the most likely way it is spread,” Kelly said. “I cannot understand the contempt for the finest wildlife agency in the U.S.” ..

DNR plans to cut number of deer licenses as herd thins September 11, 2014 Iowa, Radio Iowa ·
... State wildlife officials say hunters in Iowa have sufficiently thinned down the deer herds, so they plan to scale back the number of hunting licenses that will be issued to stabilize the population... all signs indicate the statewide deer population declined between 2006 and 2013...

$100,000 Is Raised to Spay Deer September 11, 2014 New York, East Hampton Star
... “I’ve done a lot of fund-raising in my day, and I’ve never seen so much money come in so quickly,”  ...  culling is to go along with the program ...  The board authorized Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. to execute a contract with White Buffalo Inc...

No antler restriction this fall for local hunters September 11, 2014 Michigan, clarkstonnews.com 
... In 2013 regulations required hunters in the northern lower peninsula counties ... Antlered deer must have at least one antler with a minimum of three points, with each point at least 1 inch long. The process to make the change required a DNR survey of deer hunters in the proposed area, which in this case found that 69 percent of hunters approved of the regulation...  no change with regard to points this season for southern Michigan ...

Missouri lawmakers fail to override deer farm veto September 11, 2014 Missouri, WRAL
... The Senate voted to override the veto, but the House fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed in a late Wednesday vote.  The legislation would have classified captive deer as "livestock" — like cattle and pigs — rather than as "wildlife." ... 
...  The final tally was 108-52, one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the veto. The decisive vote came in the waning moments of the roll call when Rep. Jeff Roorda, a Democrat from Barnhart, switched his vote and came out ..

Hastings-on-Hudson, A smart way to control deer population September 11, 2014 New York, Newsday
...  ready to hire someone to cull a local herd of deer... After considering the backlash from concerned residents, the village reconsidered. Instead, it has become a proving ground for one of two nonlethal techniques for managing deer numbers: PZP, a contraceptive vaccine that can be delivered through a dart. The method has been effective on Fripp Island, S.C., and at the Maryland campus of the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology ...

Deer hunting looks good; elk still a mixed bag September 11, 2014 Idaho, Idaho Statesman 
... There were 129,155 deer hunters in Idaho last year, and they killed 48,800 deer, for an overall success rate of 38 percent ... slightly above the 10-year average ... an average of 47,650 annually between 2004 and 2013, with a high of 54,200 in 2007 to a low of 41,805 in 2011...  from 1994 to 2003 averaged 50,700 deer annually, but ranged from 38,600 to 56,900... Many hunters have blamed wolves for the crash in elk populations in some areas...

No shortage of deer in 2014, DNR reports September 11, 2014 South Carolina, Berkeley Independent 
... South Carolina’s deer population expanded rapidly in the 1980’s and early 1990’s and it peaked in the late 1990’s at about 1,000,000 animals. However, since 2002 the population has trended down with current figures being about 750,000 deer, a 25 percent decline from peak figures 10 years ago...  habitat change related to forest management and exceptionally high deer harvests over the last 10 to 15 years... Also, coyotes are a recent addition to the landscape ...
Jamestown, Deer cull is counterproductive, says opponents September 11, 2014 Rhode Island, The Jamestown Press 
... what about Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine? Professional sharpshooters eliminated the deer there in the 1990s, and the Lyme disappeared...  Monhegan Island does not have mice. “It’s a whole different host ecology,” she [Laura Simon] said. To compare Monhegan Island to Jamestown would be “like apples and bananas.” ...

Florida May Expand Use Of Silencers For Hunting, Including For Deer September 11, 2014 Florida, NorthEscambia 
... The proposal will now be advertised in the Florida Administrative Register, and the commission is expected to vote on the new rule in November.  While critics said muzzling rifle shots could increase the risk of people being struck by wayward bullets or cause people to wander unaware into hunting areas, backers of the proposal said such concerns are unfounded...

... feral hogs are responsible for a decline in popular game species such as deer ... “Research shows that deer and hogs do not mix and that deer can be displaced by hogs,” read the department’s annual deer report. “Research has shown that deer detection rates can be up to 49% less where hogs occur. Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation ...

Hunting season brings opportunity amid low whitetail numbers September 10, 2014 Montana, Montana Kaimin
... Missoula County’s whitetail deer numbers are low after an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease killed nearly 400 deer last fall...  has never been reported in Western Montana... “We really don’t see it in elk and we really don’t see it in mule deer.” ...

Upcoming deer season looks promising September 10, 2014 South Carolina, Greenville Online
... Much discussion has centered around a declining deer herd across the state owing to the maturation of primary pine forest habitat, increased predation of deer fawns by coyote populations, and an overall loss of deer habitat due to development. Based on 2013 data, an estimated 225,806 deer were harvested in 2013, which shows a stable harvest over a three-year trend but down nearly 30 percent from 2002 ...

Hunting Forecast For The Casper Region September 10, 2014 Wyoming, K2 Radio
... following harsh conditions during the winter of 2010-11, subsequent mediocre fawn production, along with losses to EHD, white-tailed deer numbers are still much lower than those of the past decade. As such, hunters can again expect to see reduced densities of white-tailed deer in the Black Hills this fall. Fortunately, fawn production and winter survival improved somewhat in 2013-2014 ... the Department will implement a 3-point or better season in Hunt Area 66 ...

DNR moves to slow deer herd reduction September 9, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette
... The state will issue 10,000 fewer hunting licenses for antlerless deer this year, and no antlerless hunting will be allowed in northwest Iowa's 27 counties during the early muzzleloader and first shotgun seasons... We were in a reduction mode for a number of years. Now we are in a stabilization mode...

Morris opposes veto override of captive deer bill September 9, 2014 Missouri, The Springfield News-Leader
... Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is urging lawmakers to sustain Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation that would classify captive deer as livestock.  The General Assembly will meet beginning Wednesday for its annual veto session ... 

New disease confirmed in Roseburg deer population September 9, 2014 Oregon, Dalles Chronicle 
...  Tests have confirmed that deer in the Roseburg area are dying from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a disease that has not been seen in deer in this area of Oregon before and is transmitted by gnats, which are abundant this year due to low water levels... There have also been reports of more than 200 dead deer in Jackson and Josephine counties...

Gnat-borne disease is killing deer near Roseburg September 9, 2014 Oregon, Statesman Journal 
... Tests have confirmed that deer in the Roseburg area are dying from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which previously had not been seen in the area... Both a black-tailed deer and a Columbian white-tailed deer collected in the Roseburg area tested positive for EHD ...

Don’t kill deer in Cincinnati parks September 9, 2014 Ohio, Cincinnati.com
... deer hunting season of Cincinnati Parks ... is about to start in few weeks and the inclusion of two Clifton parks, Rawson Woods Preserve and Mount Storm Park. These parks are very close to where I live and I "know" the deer that wander in those parks. I do not want them to be killed and wonder why this decision was made unilaterally... A doe gave birth to two fawns in our backyard and the two fawns grew up totally in our backyard for two months...

State CWD cases up in FY14, national attention grows September 8, 2014 Illinois, Outdoor News
... There were 59 confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in Illinois deer during the fiscal year that ended June 30 ... 36 cases confirmed during the previous fiscal year... In Wisconsin, the first state east of the Mississippi to detect CWD, about 8 percent of adult male deer in the “core” CWD zone had the disease in 2002 when it first showed up. That figure now stands at about 25 percent...

...  of the 14 million U.S. hunters, 11 million are deer hunters ... the newly formed National Deer Alliance ... "We want to create an environment were both the deer and the deer hunter prospers," said Dougherty. "We want enough members that people pay attention to us when we talk." ...

... Researchers are asking that that the orange-collared deer not be shot since they are hoping to get at least two years of movement data out of them ... Working with Alabama's conservation department, Auburn graduate students Todd Jacobson and Kenyon Wiskirchen last fall began outfitting 60 deer with brown VHF collars and another 30 with orange GPS collars on Barbour Wildlife Management Area in Barbour and Bullock counties and Oakmulgee WMA in Hale ...

Fences can kill deer; Hunter trying to raise awareness September 8, 2014 Illinois, Springfield News-Leader
... he was shocked last week to find a 10-point whitetail deer impaled lifelessly on a homeowner's tall spiked fence in east Springfield... According to MDC [Missouri] records, in 2013 there were 113 fence-related deaths and 5,219 vehicle related deaths in Missouri; in 2012, 132 fence, 5,578 vehicle; in 2011, 124 fence, 5,999 vehicle; in 2010, 135 fence, 5,707 vehicle; in 2009, 138 fence, 6,930 vehicle...

Oh deer, beautification program is flawed September 8, 2014 Ohio, Cincinnati.com
... the Ohio Department of Transportation has planted plots of sunflowers along the interstate.  Deer love sunflower seeds. That's all we need - deer feeding on sunflowers along the interstate...

...  Of the 6 herds within the Lander Region, all are estimated to be below objective following 2013 hunting seasons. Overall fawn ratios throughout the region were down in 2012 and 2013, as compared to previous years. Buck-to-doe ratios remained relatively stable in most areas...

North Salt Lake homeowners freaking out over deer September 8, 2014 Utah, Ogden Standard-Examiner 
.... the city council has approved eight-foot-high fences, insuring that only the most athletic of deer can compete for your garden vegetables... Besides, this is as it should have been from the beginning — not fencing in the animals, like at that depressing “zoo” at Lagoon, but fencing in the humans instead...

Long Island, Federal Sharpshooters Fail: Deer Celebrate Cull's Limited Success September 7, 2014 New York, Dan's Papers
... Last February, federal sharpshooters came to eastern Long Island to kill 3,000 deer...  it has now been revealed that they succeeded in killing only 192 deer  ... While they were here, I often encountered them at bars in local taverns, their guns leaning against the building outside, wallowing in their misery over drinks. The deer were too smart. They’d fire and miss...

Sampson State Park, Deer-hunting rules change at Sampson State Park September 7, 2014 New York, Auburn Citizen
... it will be archery only at Sampson State Park, and it will be year one of a five-year deer quality management plan involving antler restrictions... In 2003 an individual hunting the park with 17 other hunters was shot in the nose by one of the hunters in his group during a drive. Seven of the hunters were driving deer to the rest of the members ...

Program Aims At Deer Health September 7, 2014 Wisconsin, Valley News
...  Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) ... The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, represented by Ralph Fritsch of Townsend, offered five suggestions ... DMAP landowners not be allowed to lease deer hunting rights on the property. ...  the DMAP enrollee could leverage the program to charge higher lease rates... WWF would like to see baiting and feeding prohibited on DMAP lands where antlerless tags are issued....

... many residents remain staunchly opposed to a culling ... The City Council took action Aug. 18 to appropriate $20,000 to develop what city officials hope will be a community-endorsed deer management plan. The city plans to hire a consultant to develop the plan through a six-month public process... [sterilization and fertility control are not allowed by Michigan DNR] ... Michigan Natural Features Inventory biologists recommend deer densities of 15 to 20 per square mile to promote ecological health [a U.S. Forest Service study puts the optimal density at 15 to 28 per square mile with growth at higher densities]

White-tailed deer program boosts deer hunting in South Mississippi September 6, 2014 Mississipi, SunHerald.com
... Mississippi has an estimated deer population of 1.75 million ...  For the 2012-13 deer season, deer harvest was 273,176. Last year's total was 263,705... Deer program leader Lane Wilf attributes the declining numbers from 2013 to ...  "The deer movement was visible and very bizarre.  It was a cold winter and we had more freezing days in conjunction with the food wasn't as limited as we thought...

S.C. deer season forecast good September 6, 2014 South Carolina, The Post and Courier 
... Top counties for harvest in 2013 included Bamberg, Union, Allendale, Spartanburg and Calhoun with each of these counties exhibiting harvest rates in excess of 15 deer per square mile. Very few areas in the United States consistently yield comparable harvest figures...





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Fawn to be ambassador for species September 17, 2014 Florida, Florida Keys News 
... A mother was killed and her male fawn was injured and orphaned...  the fawn has bonded with humans and will not be able to be released back into the wild.  "He will now become an ambassador for the Key deer, and people will not have to stop their cars and rattle a bag of Doritos to see them," ...

Pa. Drivers Rank 2nd Among Most Likely To Hit Deer September 16, 2014 Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh 
... October, November and December are especially dangerous because deer are out looking for a mate, and hunters are invading their territory.  They’re also more active during dusk and dawn, meaning they’re more likely to cross into traffic during those times. They often travel in groups...

Baby deer finds way into ditch — and hearts September 13, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Peering into the ditch (less than 12 inches wide), I saw the spotted fawn stuck in the bottom — dead, I thought... After the fawn looked up at me, too, I hurried to the phone again and started calling commercial animal-assistance companies... About an hour later, with the rain having eased to a drizzle, I saw a doe cautiously walking from a neighbor’s yard to ours...

Orphaned deer adopted by Momma dog : That's cld mother...no bld relation bt adoptd.. - September 14, 2014



... In 1941 when the United States Army built a fence around the roughly 10,000 acres of the depot, they began a huge natural experiment. Several dozen white-tailed deer were inside the fence after it was built. The first white deer were seen in 1949... When overpopulation in the mid 1950s led to hunting to reduce the size of the herd, the Army selectively shot the brown deer, facilitating the spread of the white genetic trait...


Petition for Bucky the Friendly Deer September 10, 2014 Ohio, Change.org
... Last week ODNR Wildlife murdered a precious young tame deer named Bucky in front of children at a park in Clarington, Ohio.  They shot him TWICE to bring him down. The town is heartbroken... Currently, the state of Ohio does not have a plan for certain injured wildlife such as a deer or raccoon. We are not asking for them to have a plan but to allow willing licensed rehabilitation experts, veterinarians and caretakers to provide the appropriate care that is needed for these animals...



Key Deer, Wild side of the Keys September 9, 2014 Florida, Chicago Tribune 
... Key deer, found only in the Florida Keys, are the smallest of the white-tailed deer. Bucks range from 28-32 inches at the shoulder and average about 80 pounds. Does are only about 24-28 inches and 65 pounds... Today there are an estimated 700 to 800 Key deer, and they're concentrated in about a 6-mile stretch ...

A short clip of a ten point buck coming in to mark his territory.



Black-colored deer ... September 8, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard ·
... A nearly black-colored, white-tailed deer has been spotted near Cape Vincent, N.Y.  Richard Wiley said he snapped a picture of the animal while it was raiding his bird feed in his yard. It was accompanied by another regular colored buck, according to jeffersonleaningleft.blogspot.com.

... Even as the drivers were in a rush to get home after the end of their work week, they slowed down to give the deer the full use of the bridge, staying a safe distance behind them... The pair of deer hopped on the Golden Gate Bridge at about 5:30 p.m. and they had finished their trek to the other side by 6 p.m ...

Two deer took a walk on San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge on Friday evening, September 5, holding up the evening's peak hour traffic. California Highway Patrol were called but were called off while en route because the deer were already off the bridge and on their way to their destination somewhere in Marin. Reuploaded with permission of owner. Original link: http://i.instagram.com/p/slYqLLOJMi/?... - September 5, 2014

Deer stop traffic while jogging across Golden Gate Bridge September 5, 2014 California, San Jose Mercury News
... Two northbound deer briefly stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday evening as they made a run for the hills of Marin County, according to the California Highway Patrol.  The deer, reported at 5:24 p.m., appear to have entered the bridge from the south ...

White deer population deserving of protection September 5, 2014 Virginia, Times Dispatch
...  a large white doe was standing in the center of the road. The highway was quiet, no cars in sight. I stopped the car and sat mesmerized by the sight before me. Calm and deliberate, the doe returned my gaze, then walked to the side of the road and at the edge of the woods turned and looked at me before disappearing into the dense foliage...  check out the website http://protectthewhitedeer.com/why-save-the-white-deer...

Our Rescued Baby Deer met the neighbors kitten and seem to like him. - September 3, 2014


Springfield, in the middle of suburbia! But Don McVey of Springfield Township went to the other extreme and did it all very wrong. 6:30 in the morning on August 5, 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. - September 2, 2014



Mystery of Three-Legged Wisconsin Buck Solved September 1, 2014 Wisconsin, QDMA.com
... Its right hind leg had been crippled in some mishap and was sticking almost straight out behind the deer, useless, stiff and withered by muscle atrophy. In a classic example of the neurological connection between antler growth and skeletal structure, the buck’s left antler – on the opposite side of its body – was deformed...

Pet deer removed from local home August 29, 2014 August 29, 2014 Louisiana, KSLA 12 
... an ArkLaTex woman ... after recently rescuing a baby deer on the side of the road after its mother died... a police officer [spotted the deer] ...  I said, 'we're going to put a collar on him and turn him loose.'"  But Hubbard never got the chance. She said that within 20-minutes of the officers visit Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agents were at her door, to take away John Deer. "I asked them and they said they were going to euthanize him ...

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...

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...

... 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...