Deer Management News This Week

Looking Ahead, Texas Deer Herd July 31, 2014 Tyler Morning Telegraph
... For parts of North Texas in the Cross Timbers region and areas east of I-35 habitat conditions in the early spring were in decent shape, and were expected to provide deer the resources they needed to stay in good shape over the summer ...  Hill Country is home to the most deer with an estimated population of 2.1 million as of 2013.. East Texas’ Post Oak Savannah and North Central Texas’ Cross Timbers regions are next with an estimated 400,000 each. The Pineywoods has about 240,000 deer while South Texas has 230,000...

... Seven deer testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease are providing researchers with valuable samples ...  from an infected Reynoldsville, Jefferson County ... "This is an unprecedented level of infection in a captive deer herd,"... This marks the 14th white-tailed deer in the state to test positive for the disease since 2012...     

... more than $850,000 ... The funds will be used in part to construct a dedicated research facility for the project. The facility will be used to investigate drug residues, insect-borne disease transmission dynamics, and study nutrition and genetics of white-tailed deer and cervids... 

Colorado: Mule deer summit set for Aug. 9 July 30, 2014 Summit County Citizens Voice 
... After studying the decline of Colorado mule deer populations for the past few years, state wildlife biologists are ready to unveil a new strategy aimed at stabilizing an bolstering deer numbers. Western Slope residents will be able to get an early look at the plan during the upcoming Aug. 9 mule deer summit in Glenwood Springs...

... State statute specifically requires that 75 percent of the license tag funds from the “deer tag” be used to fund programs and projects within the state that “preserve open space and wildlife habitat, promote conservation, improve wildlife habitat, and establish open space for the perpetual use of the public...

Mule deer numbers across 6 states July 29, 2014, goHUNT
... Mule deer are often regarded as an icon of the West. However, after their most recent highs in the mid-1980s, herd numbers began declining across the West. Here is the history and outlook in six states:  Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah ... The size and condition of mule deer populations are largely determined by the quality of habitat ... Mule deer habitat is being lost in many regions and dramatically fragmented in others due to human population growth, development and natural events...

... The state could not restrict captive shooting of deer on hundreds of cervid ranches in the state. That should concern every sportsman, since deer farming ranches are at odds with the North American Wildlife Management Model and it is documented that these deer farms have been major incubators for Chronic Wasting Disease, a progressive, fatal disease that threatens wild deer populations...

Wisconsin asks public to help survey deer herd July 29, 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The DNR will launch Operation Deer Watch this week – asking the public to report the number of deer they see from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30... This unique collaboration of data from the public, along with deer observations collected by DNR staff, provides valuable information regarding the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd in 2014... For more information, videos, and past results, go to the DNR website and search "deer watch."

Marion council grapples with deer complaints July 29, 2014 Virginia, Southwest Virginia Today
... Town Manager Bill Rush told the council ... Managing the deer herds .. would require ongoing annual expenditures, potentially in the thousands of dollars. “It’s a cost… a pretty extensive cost,” ... Unless all the surrounding localities were also managing their deer populations ... the population here would quickly infill even if deer were killed locally...

... Expected predator–prey dynamics were altered in this highly urban system. Though we predicted deer would avoid coyotes on the landscape based on an “ecology of fear” framework, deer and coyote occupancy showed a strong positive association. We suggest that a scarcity of quality habitat in urban areas may cause the species to co-occupy habitat despite potential fawn predation...

Evaluation of White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus Raf.) Browse Preferences and Commercially Available Deer Repellents in Southern Landscapes 2014 Mississippi, Larry Heath Hoffman
... Two experiments were conducted during February, 2011 and 2012 where browse damage was evaluated for Rhaphiolepis indica L., Rhododendron indicum L. ‘Judge Solomon’, Ilex cornuta Lindl. ‘Burfordii Nana’, Ophiopogon japonicus L. f., and Thuja occidentalis L.... Although not severe, both treatments received browse damage while plants treated with Buck Off!, Deer Out™, and Deer Stopper® received no browse damage. There were no differences in treatment GI at 31 DAT. 

About our deer part II: July 27, 2014 South Carolina, The Tand D.com
... In 2013 the top harvest counties were Bamberg, Union, Allendale, Spartanburg and Calhoun with more than 16 deer per square mile taken.  The success rate for South Carolina hunters is about 70 percent, which is extraordinary. Think of it this way. Thirty deer per square mile is a very high deer density and we are taking over half that on average across the state...

...  two severe winters is what really packed a punch with deer being below population goal levels now."  Merchant added that he suspects this year's harvest will fall between 120,000 and 150,000 deer. It could be the first time since 1997 that the state's deer take falls below 150,000 animals.  He compares this season to the 1996 season, which also offered bucks-only designation in some areas ...

Texas hunters look forward another strong deer season  July 27, 2014 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 
... The Lone Star State has long had the largest population of white-tailed deer in the country... “In years with poor fawn production, hunters should expect to see fewer bucks in that particular age class in each of the future years as that group matures. Looking back into the culmination of deer survey data over past years we see statewide fawn crop estimates were good in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013...

State considering measure to cull Blue Hills deer population July 27, 2014 Massachusetts, The Boston Globe
...  local residents considered spraying deer’s necks for ticks with a USDA device that lures them with corn feed, but were told that the method would prove ineffective. [see successful case studies of this approach] They discussed shipping the deer someplace else, but found the costs to be astronomical, and were advised that many deer do not survive such moves.  They even discussed forcibly giving the deer birth control, but such treatment would take multiple up-close dosages in a small time frame that proved nearly impossible. [see successful case studies for these approaches] ...

DLNR announces black-tailed deer season July 27, 2014 Hawaii, The Garden Island
... the opening of black-tailed deer hunting season on Kauai. Due to the Appellate Court ruling, each hunter will be permitted to take only one antlered buck deer (3-inch antler minimum) [a strategy designed to maintain the herd] ...

Wildfires damaged mule deer habitat July 27, 2014 Washington, The Wenatchee World Online 
... Most of the 250,000 acres burned in Methow Valley wildfires are prime winter habitat for mule deer... Monda estimated that 80 percent of the mule deer habitat has been affected by the wildfires. Okanogan County is home to the biggest mule deer herd in the state...

... About 15 years ago, gas development started growing in a section of southwest Wyoming called the Pinedale Anticline... In 12 years, the numbers of deer wintering on the Anticline dropped 42 percent ... deer avoided well pads,” ...

New study shows elk avoid areas of energy development July 26, 2014 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... The relationship between mule deer and energy development was previously documented in the Pinedale Anticline, where studies showed animals moving away from areas with increasing natural gas development...  A new study by a team of researchers from the University of Wyoming suggests elk respond to energy development much like mule deer...

Wyoming researcher focuses life work on energy, wildlife July 26, 2014 Casper Star-Tribune Online
... In the late 1990s, before anyone knew mule deer numbers would drop by nearly half in one of the state’s largest herds, Sawyer was putting collars on deer and tracking their movements...  Helicopter net-gunning and GPS technology have revolutionized the way we study big game...

Comments sought on proposed archery deer hunt in Wildlife Refuge July 26, 2014 Minnesota, U.S. Forest Service
A 30-day comment period for a Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge draft hunting plan to reduce white-tailed deer population densities will begin on Monday and end Aug. 27... The draft hunt plan is available online on the refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley/. Paper copies are available at both the Rapids Lake Education & Visitor Center, located at 15865 Carver Highlands Drive in Carver, and the Bloomington Main Office at 3815 American Blvd. E. in Bloomington. Written comments will be accepted at the Bloomington Office or via email at minnesotavalley@fws.gov. Please include “Draft Hunt Plan” in the subject line...

Deer Alliance makes debut July 26, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... The group has been in development since the first Whitetail Summit was held in Missouri in March... “NDA's goal is to serve as the unified voice of the modern deer hunter and guardian of North America's wild deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage,”  ... nationaldeeralliance.com ... 
... Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says this year's raffle brought in more than $300,000 for wildlife habitat rehabilitation projects...

... “The York Gulch acquisition will be a remarkable benefit to the outdoors enthusiast in the area because it ensures that we all will have access to some incredible Forest Service land that otherwise could be closed up and untouchable for us,” commented Steve Miller, current MDF Montana state chair and Lewis & Clark chapter chair. ...

IDNR cutting deer permits July 26, 2014 Illiinois, The News-Gazette
... According to IDNR, last year's significantly lower harvest numbers are due to a combination of factors, not just the state's effort to reduce accident rates. Among them: 2012 and '13 outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a sometimes-fatal viral infection of white-tailed deer, and poor weather during last fall's firearm season...

A bounty on Bambi? Really? July 25, 2014 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... I am opposed to the concept — which is getting a lot of statewide conversation among hunters — that the state government should authorize commercial hunting of whitetail deer to lower the overall deer population...  why not just expand the existing hunting seasons and/or change the number of deer that individual hunters are allowed to kill each season? ... 

Longleaf Pines Flourish on an East Texas Ranch July 25 2014 United States Department of Agriculture
... In deep East Texas ... The reduced number of longleaf pines has not gone unnoticed by landowners and conservationists... Prescribed burns are a conservation practice used on longleaf pine forests. Fire reduces moisture and nutrient competition. The elimination of brush and other woody species also allows for native grasses and foraging plants to thrive. In turn, wildlife are drawn to the understory of longleaf pine forests.  “We’re getting wild plums and seeing more deer. There’s something for them to eat and for the birds to nest in,” ...

... the state’s new law that repeals local bans on using crossbows and other bow weapon ... To comply with state law, the city of Racine will have to allow bow hunting on private land, but officials are pushing for a new ordinance to ban the activity in city parks and other public land ...

Maybe some good news about Chronic Wasting Disease July 24, 2014 Nebraska, Beatrice Daily Sun 
... According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, a 10-year study recently found that elk populations may prove more resilient to the disease than previously thought. While this particular study concentrated on elk, there are implications for deer and moose populations as well... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is not anything new for Nebraska hunters...

Seven Hills, Dead deer found again in Seven Hills trash bin July 23, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
... this time it was a fawn, and its remains were discovered by a councilman... "I don't want to be too graphic, but it looked like its underneath, its belly was cut open," ... The city's Deer Committee recently recommended to the full council that Seven Hills allow bow hunting ...

Aerial survey shows deer recovering July 23, 2014 Montana, Great Falls Tribune
... Region 6 mule deer, white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope numbers took a big hit in the severe winter of 2010-11, and additional mortality, especially among whitetails, was caused by scattered outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, commonly known as EHD. .. deer population trend and status running about 10 percent below the long-term-average ..

     Hunters can expect a conservative 2014 deer season designed to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.  “Hunters should check the 2014 hunting regulations closely because only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state,” ... Northeastern Minnesota hunters will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season... The DNR strongly advises hunters to review new deer hunting regulations, permit area designations and boundary changes before applying. Current and up-to-date information is available online. Information about deer management and upcoming deer population goal setting during the next two years is available online.

Deer hunting changes this winter July 23, 2014 Illinois, WEEK News 25
... In 2008, the IDNR began using trends in the rate of deer-vehicle accidents (DVA) as an index of deer population status in each county and adopted a specific objective for each county based on accident rates ... The deer-vehicle accident (DVA) rate in 2013 was similar to 2012, even though deer harvest numbers declined from 180,811 in 2012 to 148,614 in 2013... Last year, 277,585 firearm permits were available, compared with 266,285 for the upcoming season...

... The mobile-friendly Hunter Trapper Registration system (HTR) allows hunters and trappers to obtain required Harvest Information Program (HIP) numbers, License Exempt Numbers (LEN), manage deer registration and snow goose permits, report snow goose harvests, and retrieve lost registration and permit numbers...

Debate Over Deer Definition July 22, 2014 Missouri, OzarksFirst.com
... Earlier this month, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed two bills that would designate deer as livestock... On Monday, more than 30 conservation groups announced their support of Nixon's vetoes...

Budget proposal to shift N.C. deer farming oversight finds opposition July 22, 2014 North Carolina, StarNewsOnline.com
... North Carolina's "fair chase" law currently prevents these types of hunting outfits ... The language in the House budget doesn't specifically lift the ban on high-fenced hunts. What it does is shift management of deer farming from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services...
...  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,” ...



Searching the internet to find and conserve deer information

Deer in the News
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 ...

Dave saving a deer from the fence at work - July 26, 2014



... 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 ...

These are from a group of 10 deer. One of the does actually has twins! And for the first time this year, we spotted a mature buck on our property. In the photos you can see the velvet covering his antlers. - July 24, 2014



...  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.



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 ...