Deer Management News This Week

... facial recognition software, drone-mounted infrared cameras and a dart-delivered contraceptive to track, count and contain a white-tailed deer population ... Allen Rutberg ... at Tufts University... could improve the cost-effectiveness and practicality of the immunocontraceptive vaccine PZP...

... The state's wildlife preservation programs rely on the sale of hunting licenses as a main source of funding ... Indiana sold more than 552,100 hunting licenses, tags and permits in 2006, but the number was down to about 426,300 in 2016 ...

Cougar management: Look back before moving forward January 22, 2019 Oregon, Pamplin Media Group
... hat has accounted for this cougar population expansion from an estimate of less than 3,000 in the mid-1990s to well over 6,000 today? ... Many hunters and state wildlife managers report that deer are now less abundant ... Oregon cities are wrestling with the number of deer inhabiting city limits ...

Reedsburg’s deer management plan produces no success January 22, 2019 Wisconsin, wiscnews ·
...  no deer were killed two weeks into the city’s urban deer management plan... The bait used to lure the deer sits near a hill backdrop ...

Early antler drop points back to early rut peak January 21, 2019 January 21, 2019 Wellsville Daily Reporter
... Whitetail bucks undergo a type of osteoporosis in the summer months as they grow their antlers...  the necessary minerals and elements can’t be found in the woods and processed quickly enough ...

... The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year's mule deer gun license allocation...

Quad City, Urban deer hunt goal: Keep population in check January 21, 2019 Illinois and Iowa, Quad City Times
... In the season that ended this month, 88 deer were harvested in Davenport, 41 in Bettendorf/Riverdale, 41 in Scott County, 35 in Rock Island, 15 in Moline and 42 in Loud Thunder. [total of 262] ... The first year (2003), it was 170 some....

Why is there a pit filled with dead deer in Central Pa.? The Game Commission answers January 21, 2019 Pennsylvania, The Patriot-News
... dozens of dead deer in different stages of decomposition, some still covered in fur and others little more than bone... used by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other local agencies as a dumping ground for roadkill deer ...

Ann Arbor, 2019 Deer Management Program Safely Completed and Parks Have Been Reopened January 21, 2019 Michigan, City of Ann Arbor
... Sterilization (non-lethal) ... Success within these areas is achieved by the capture and sterilization of more than 95% of female deer identified in the target zones. To date, White Buffalo has sterilized 78 female deer in these zones. The permit allowed for up to 80 to be sterilized..,

...  there have now been 62 confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Tennessee... from samples taken in Hardeman and Fayette counties..,

Outdoors congress to gauge reaction to CWD carcass bounties January 20, 2019 Wisconsin, Kansas City Star
... The DNR ran a similar reward program ...in 2003 through 2005 .. paid out about $645,000 ... 40 percent of respondents to a 2003 DNR landowner survey were opposed to any monetary incentives for killing deer. Some hunters said the program was akin to unethical bounty hunting...

Wet weather means lower deer kills in West Alabama January 19, 2019 The Tuscaloosa News
... “We’ve had washouts five of the last six Saturdays and we’re about to have another one.”  In some areas of West Alabama, it has rained all but one Saturday since gun deer season began in November... “Ninety percent of the deer killed are killed in green fields,” ...

Reprieve For Deer Herds January 18, 2019 Oregon, Baker City Herald
... The scarcity of snow, especially at lower elevation sites that serve as traditional winter range for deer, is reason to be optimistic that the animals will continue to recover from the harsh winter of 2016-17, said Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist ... Northeastern Oregon ... During the spring of 2017 ... ODFW biologists counted 9 fawns per 100 adult deer ..,

Alabama WFF Ramps Up CWD Sampling Effort January 18, 2019 Outdoor Alabama
... With positive tests for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Tennessee and additional positives in Mississippi, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division has ramped up testing in north Alabama..,

Iron County committee recommends deer farm ban January 18, 2019 Wisconsin, Your Daily Globe.com
... This is a one-year block on deer farms for us to figure out what we want to do,” zoning administrator Erika Roeder said ... an attempt to prevent chronic wasting disease from entering Iron County’s deer population...

Fairmount Park neighbors to City Hall: Stop killing our deer January 18, 2019 Pennsylvania, Billy Penn
... The annual cull, formally referred to as the “professional deer management project,” began in the late 90s ... supporters stressed that it would only take about a year for the wildlife to be managed.  Twenty years and 3,793 dead deer later ...

Biologists are wrestling with deer so they can study how they die January 18, 2019 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... most of the time, the capture team catches a deer in a clover trap ... a metal frame with hockey-style netting — and someone (not Bieber) has to go inside and go a few rounds with the deer.  “To get the deer out of the trap you send someone in with protective gear and then they manually restrain the animal...

A comprehensive study of a premier mule deer herd in Wyoming is in its sixth year of study. January 17, 2019


Should energy interests outweigh wildlife? January 17, 2019, Wyoming, High Country News
... in the current political climate and administration, where an “energy dominance” mandate for management has been passed to federal public lands managers, we are facing a future where one of the West’s most iconic species — the mule deer — could be irreparably devastated...

... The state brought in only about US$50,000 from parcels in the middle of the Red Desert to Hoback corridor, a lifeline for some 5,000 deer. The BLM jeopardized the integrity of the world’s longest mule deer migration corridor for US$10 per deer. That’s both unacceptable and unnecessary...

Rapid City beginning to thin its urban deer herd January 17,2019 South Dakota, Kotatv
... "What we've really seen is an increase in urban deer population," said Trenton Haffley from G,F&P. "Probably because the deer are finding a good spot to live. They've got all the food, cover that they want and very few predators. So they come in, they find a good spot to live and they stick around."...

MDOT is assisting the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in its efforts to monitor chronic wasting disease, an infectious deer disease. - January 16, 2019


Chronic wasting disease rising in deer, found in Dubuque January 16, 2019 January 16, 2019 Iowa, Des Moines Register
... For the 2018-19 hunting season, 14 deer have tested positive and final results are pending in two other cases. In the 2016-17 season, 12 deer tested positive... Iowa DNR's latest infected deer discovery is close to an urban area ...

Growth crowds elk, deer in more ways than one January 16, 2019 Colorado, soprissun.com
... hundreds of elk used to graze between Carbondale and Glenwood  ... “You’re seeing a direct loss of habitat and also extra people that are recreating on the lands that are left,” observed John Groves, Carbondale District Wildlife Manager. “We’re probably less than half the population we had 15 years ago.” ...

Idaho wolf control board seeks $200,000 to kill wolves January 16, 2019 KIVI-TV
... contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services and Idaho Department of Fish and Game to kill wolves that attack cattle, sheep, deer and elk...

Complaint: Lakeway deer-trapping program OK'd because of false statements January 16, 2019 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
... alleges ... false statements to the state Wildlife Department, saying the city “had a severe public safety problem with the overpopulation of whitetail deer” when it had not conducted a professional deer census to determine the population... told wildlife officials the city built a $65,000, three-mile fence to deter the deer from city limits when it was never installed...

Deer season ends with total harvest over 290,000 statewide January 16, 2019 Missouri, Jefferson City News Tribune
... preliminary ... Of the 290,339 deer killed, 136,776 were antlered bucks, 30,116 were button bucks, and 123,447 were does... Deer harvest data for past seasons is available at short.mdc.mo.gov/Z3M ..,

More than 2 tons of venison donated to Community Food Pantry January 15, 2019 Missouri, The Marshall Democrat-News
... hunters donated 289,292 pounds of venison in 2017...

Battle Against Chronic Wasting Disease In County Continues January 15, 2019 Missouri, Ste. Genevieve Herald
 ... Seven deer had tested positive in the area from mandatory testing in the area from the fall 2018 hunting period ... three more from the culling effort in southern Ste. Genevieve County in the winter of 2018...

Alaska wildlife management threatens state's largest carnivores January 15, 2019 Alaska, UPI.com
... In a new paper published in the journal PLOS Biology, ecologists argue the state's management plan privileges moose, caribou and deer over carnivores.  By depressing carnivore numbers, wildlife managers can ensure moose, caribou and deer populations balloon ...

... I don’t believe there’s anywhere in Southeast that has a two-week season except for Petersburg.”  Deer hunting on Mitkof Island was closed in the 70s and 80s after the deer population crashed. It reopened in 1991 ...

... After a recent warning from University of Michigan police that yelling could land them in jail, Ann Arbor deer cull opponents taped their mouths shut at their latest protest...

Deer urine lures may be on the way out in Louisiana January 14, 2019 The Daily Iberian
... Natural deer urine scent can be a carrier of the chronic wasting disease that kills most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and whitetail deer... A public comment period has been scheduled for the state’s hunters to weigh in on the proposals for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hunting seasons ...

Mule deer migration follows the melting line of snow and the greenup of plants in the wild Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Wyoming. Two wildlife biolgists explain how the deer you see along the highway are actually "surfing the green wave" of vegetation. This behavior helps mule deer to extract the most available resources from the landscape in spring, so they can grow antlers, nurse their fawns, and store up the fat they need to survive the next winter. Filmed along US 26/287 to Togwotee Pass. Many migration corridors like this take deer all the way into Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.


... Firearm deer-hunting licenses sold to Michiganders has dropped more than 20 percent in two decades, down to 621,000 in 2017 from a peak of 785,000 in 1998, according to a recent demographic analysis from Michigan Technological University...

North Dakota 2018 Year in Review January 2019, North Dakota Outdoors Magazine
... Deer populations, particularly mule deer, continued to do fairly well, following some difficult winters and declining numbers. Whitetail numbers, while on an upward trend, are still a bit below Department goals for most hunting units..,

Deer culling results in fewer incidents January 14, 2019 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Results of the 2018 count show a 81:100 fawn to doe ratio...  increasing buck to doe ratio, which stands at 49:100 compared to 45:100 last year...  the goal in Cody is to reduce the number of deer hit by vehicles, dead deer incidents and deer nuisance calls to the police department...

... As of Friday, the statistics for the 2018-19 season showed a total harvest of 141,795 deer, or about 3,000 less than last year... The decreased harvest is on trend with recent years ... The state record harvest of 182,023 came in 2006-2007...

A deer disorder known as Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD has prompted the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to create an additional deer hunting season in three Tennessee counties until the end of the month. - January 14, 2019


Chronic wasting disease found in Peosta deer January 14, 2019 Iowa, KWWL
... A road-killed deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease near Dubuque...

Minnesota DNR forming new deer management committee January 13, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... Minnesotans interested in deer management can apply to serve on a new, statewide Deer Advisory Committee aimed at developing better communications between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...

Chronic wasting disease battle heats up in Minnesota January 13, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... 55 Wisconsin counties now identified as CWD sites ... In parts of southern Wisconsin, more than 50 percent of the wild deer are now infected ... "I do believe that it is not a matter of if, but when, CWD crosses to humans,'' [Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota] ...

Deer hunt still in need of a boost January 13, 2019 Maine, Portland Press Herald 
... In 2007, Maine hunters killed only 28,884 deer, a huge decline from the 38,153 deer taken in 2002, but only 2,000 fewer than were taken in 2018... ack of protection for winter habitat, a steady increase in predator (coyote) populations and several severe winters...

Legislator creates deer preserve January 13, 2019 Oklahoma, Enid News & Eagle
... “If there wasn’t a hunting market, there wouldn’t be a breeding market,” Wallace said.  The Wilderness Refuge, located on 500 high-fenced acres, draws in hunters from across the country, and even as far away as Hawaii, for their chance to take home a trophy white-tailed deer...

Ann Arbor, Yelling could land deer cull protesters behind bars, police warn January 12, 2019 Michigan, Mlive
... One officer said that, under a Michigan statute, they could face 93 days in jail for their actions ... he said to me, 'If I see you again, you will be cited,'" said Shapiro...a leader of anti-cull group FAAWN ...

... Closing antler collecting on winter ranges is critical to keeping wildlife safe, said Brian Nesvik, Game and Fish’s chief game warden.  Elk and deer eke through winter using fat reserves ... every time someone shows up and runs elk and deer off the winter ranges it causes stress ...

Constant vigilance keeps WV's elk out of poachers' hands January 12, 2019 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail
... “We’ve let people know that we can track these animals in real time, and that we get a mortality signal immediately when one of them dies,” Ballard said. “Poachers realize they won’t be able to get out of the hills with a poached elk before we can be there.” ...

Deer harvest numbers top 100,000 again this season January 12, 2019 Oklahoma, Tulsa World
... a total of 104,525 deer checked in as of Friday, slightly higher than the 104,022 on e-check at the end of the 2017 season ... 

... The department estimates the state's deer herd of about 500,000 ... About 223,000 people in Iowa held hunting licenses in 2018, a 14 percent decrease from 1988 ..,

More chronic wasting disease cases found in Mississippi, TennesseeJanuary 11, 2019 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... bring the total to six in Mississippi — three cases in Marshall County, one in Pontotoc County and two in Issaquena County.  Since the department found Mississippi's first case of CWD in Issaquena County in January 2018, Walsh said about 6,000 deer have been tested ..,

... Use of crossbows in Wisconsin has increased since a 2013 state law was passed to allow all license buyers ... to use the equipment for deer hunting.  For the 2018 seasons, crossbow hunters registered 46,750 deer while those using vertical bows ... registered 40,055...

34 amazing Upstate New York moose photos January 11, 2019 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... How many moose are there in New York and where exactly can they be found? ... Several agencies ... are working together on a multi-year research project to figure that all out... The DEC would like to hear from you and has a "Moose Sighting Report Form" on its website ..,

... bringing the total deer testing positive to chronic wasting disease in Iowa to 44 ... “The way that this disease moves, these results were not unexpected,”  ... More than 6,800 tissue samples have been collected during the 2018 deer season..,

.... would allow a hunter to apply for two of the six deer seasons in the first draw... Nonresident hunters would still be eligible for eight percent of the allocation for West River, Black Hills and Refuge hunting seasons during the first drawing... This proposal is now open for public comment until the next Commission meeting on Feb. 28, 2019...







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Deer in the News

... The rescuers put a rope around the deer and pulled it back to shore, where they covered it with a tarp while they untied it... scampered off to a wooded area...

... sedated the animal and removed the arrow. Then they gave it antibiotics, tagged it  ....

... The buck was being pulled onto the bank by rescuers and the fire department when he arrived, but it was trembling and cold. Stoll says he couldn't bear to see the deer suffering and offered to take the buck home...  Stoll could face a fine of up to $800... So, just let them suffer ...
... volunteered to take one of the deer home to try and save it, posting a Facebook update of the deer lying covered in blankets... the deer did not survive ...


MassWildlife Rescues Deer Stuck on Pontoosuc Lake January 17, 2018 Massachusetts, iBerkshires.com
... "This deer was out on the ice and couldn't get any grip, splayed out. It looks like he has some injury there. The deer is immobilized now and we'll take it off-site and assess the injuries," ...

Maine couple feed deer and feeds their own soul January 15, 2019 NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ
... feeding the local wildlife behind their store, "Raymond's Country Store," since 1978... begins at the start of December and runs until April Fool's Day...

Nature up close: White deer January 10, 2019 New York, CBS News
... 
part of the largest known population of white deer in the world, which is centered at the old Seneca Munitions Depot in Seneca County, New York,] ... White deer can result from two primary genetic mutations, leucism and albinism...

...  shows the moose browsing around some greenery near an entrance before ... sauntering out through an open door...


... This species of deer, from the Morenelaphus genus of which only fragmentary remains had been found until now, could reach up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds)...
 

Bodycam footage posted on the Chesterfield Police Department Facebook page showed how the responding officers tackled the problem after the animal's antlers became hooked into the backyard netting. - January 7, 2019 Missouri


... County Game Warden Cannon Harrison said he was talking to a woman on a dating app when she revealed she had killed a "bigo buck." ...



Hunters rescue deer trapped in crevasse January 7, 2019 Pennsylvania, Watertown Daily Times
... They tried until dark to extricate the deer, making multiple trips back to Queensbury for jacks and other tools... In a last-ditch effort, they decided to lasso the deer’s hind legs and try to pull it out upside down. “I pulled and there he was, lying in my lap,” ..
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... surprisingly uninjured after falling into a concrete manhole ... The deer was tranquilized and then examined in the hole ...

Teens, neighbors work together to save drowning deer January 2, 2019 New York, WKRN-TV 
... chipping of the ice scared the deer farther into the center of the pond... I put my drone up in the air ...  scare it that direction toward the shoreline...

CBS to feature Seneca White Deer segment Sunday morning December 28, 2018 New York, Finger Lakes Times 
...  “CBS Sunday Morning” visited the former depot to take video of the famous white deer herd for the program... Seneca White Deer, with headquarters and a welcome center on Route 96A, conducts 90-minute, narrated bus tours ...

You know Dasher, and Dancer. But Dunder and Blixem? December 27, 2018 Farm and Dairy 
...  In North America we call them caribou. Europeans call them reindeer... Caribou distribution in North America is limited almost exclusively to Canada and Alaska. European reindeer roam northern Scandinavia and Russia.   Much of the European herd, though, is domesticated ...