2018

News about the Decline of Deer Populations from 2018

After Mule Deer Decline, Human Collaboration Could Bring Herd Back March 30, 2018 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... For the last 20 years, the Wyoming Range mule deer herd has been in decline, and nobody has been quite sure why... The Wyoming Mule Deer Project captures the deer they study twice a year ... habitat is what drives the trajectory of mule deer populations ...

After difficult years, 'conservative' deer hunts March 27, 2018 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
... Very difficult winter conditions during 2016-17 and poor fawn ratios for the past four years have resulted in herd units west of Powell being below objective ...

... With the focus of mule deer recovery throughout the state, Arizona Mule Deer Org conducted its first official board of directors meeting March 1 in Deer Valley...

The data on moose and fire March 14, 2018 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
...  the decline of moose in northeastern Minnesota... Biologists have known for some time that moose like areas regenerating after fire, but Schrage’s data shows just how strong that affinity really is. “If you like moose, fire should be your friend,” ... moose stick to regenerating forest burns almost like Velcro...

IDFG takes 10 wolves in Lolo Elk Zone control action March 14, 2018 Idaho, Idaho County Free Press
... to improve elk survival ... The Lolo elk population declined drastically over the last 25 years, from 16,000 elk to fewer than 1,000 elk in recent years. IDFG biologists estimated 2,000 elk in the zone when it was surveyed last winter...

Deep snow stalls caribou maternal pen project March 9, 2018 British Columbia, The Spokesman-Review
... A bounty of snow has snuffed out this year’s maternal pen project in British Columbia to preserve a critically endangered remnant group of mountain caribou that ranges into the United States in the Selkirk Mountains...

... test for their presence in hunt management plans created by 62 U.S. state and Canadian provincial and territorial agencies across 667 management systems (species-jurisdictions). We found that most (60%) systems contained fewer than half of the indicator criteria assessed, with more criteria detected in systems that were peer-reviewed, that pertained to “big game,” and in jurisdictions at increasing latitudes. These results raise doubt about the purported scientific basis of hunt management across the United States and Canada...

...  in the Cache unit — and we have seen this across Utah — we used to have 100 fawns per 100 does on average, and sometimes in the 80s,” said DWR biologist Kent Hersey. “This past few years, we’ve only been in the 60s. Some of that is certainly weather related, but overall there has been a declining trend.” ...

... elk herd between roughly Vail Pass and Wolcott have declined from about 3,500 animals in 2002 to fewer than 1,200 animals in 2016... there are plenty of evidence-backed theories. Most of those theories track straight back to human interference...

... Maryland’s deer population ... swelled to more than 300,000 deer 15 years ago ... has been cut by a third ... there are an estimated 200,000 to 225,000 deer in Maryland... It has been hard, however, to measure if Maryland’s declining deer populations has correlated with a decrease in Lyme disease infections ..,

Organizations trying to reduce car-animal crashes February 20, 2018 Wyoming, Wyoming Business Report
... House Bill 39 would authorize the new plates and direct the one-time $100 application fee to the Wildlife Conservation Account within the Highway Fund ... “It’s been estimated that mule deer populations have declined nearly 38 percent in the west in the past two decades,” Coursey said. “Any and all efforts to limit this loss should be of utmost priority.” ...

Massive decrease in deer numbers February 14, 2018 Idaho, Clearwater Tribune
... An overwhelmingly large number of whitetail deer hunters have noticed a massive decrease in deer numbers and age class across North Idaho.  The IDFG has been using out of date informational surveys, and weak data to manage our deer... extreme loss of security cover and canopy protection due to timber harvest on Idaho State, and private timber company lands ...

Hillbilly Wildlife Survey February 11, 2018 Washington, Hunting Washington
... deer herds are down across northeast Washington ...this winter was not bad , but winter 2016 was really bad ... have made numerous trips over Sherman and Boulder pass. It is amazing the absolute lack of any deer what so ever on the southwest slopes. It is also void of any game trials in the snow ..,

Research to focus on deer in northwest Kansas February 12, 2018 Kansas, Hays Post
...  Kansas State University and Kansas Wildlife ... Especially concerning are recent observation indices of mule deer, suggesting that the range of this iconic Kansas plains species is contracting westward and the population could be declining..,

Northern Idaho Whitetails Forever February 7, 2018 Idaho, Clearwater Tribune
...  An overwhelmingly large number of whitetail deer hunters have noticed a massive decrease in deer numbers and age class across North Idaho. The IDFG has been using out of date information, and weak data to manage our deer. ...

More about moose February 5, 2018 North Dakota, KFGO 
... In the last 12 years, moose numbers have declined in the Pembina Hills area... “The primary reason for the decline in moose populations on the eastern side of the state is brain worm,”  [Jason Smith, Game and Fish big game management biologist] ..,

Are deer numbers declining? January 30, 2018 Kansas, The Sabetha Herald Inc.
... For a while now, I have noticed the deer population in my area is declining  ... It is time for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to stand up and take note of what is happening. The disease from a couple of years ago coupled with the liberal limits during hunting seasons have taken their toll...

Thousands of deer already dead, county hunt not needed January 19, 2018 New Jersey, NJ.com
... N.J. Department of Environmental Protection estimated the deer population last year at 100,000, down from 204,000 in 1995... Essex County is holding a deer hunt in two, county-owned nature preserves ... Sue Russell, director of wildlife policy for the Animal Protection League of N.J., countered that the annual hunts in Essex County are unneeded..,

Navajo Deer Population in Decline January 18, 2018 lakepowelllife
...   about 8,000 deer on the Navajo Nation 20 years ago ... in 2017. The number dropped to an estimated 5,000 last year, ... Why? We are not sure,” ...

... hunters killed a total of 143,945 deer during the 2017-2018 hunting season. That's about a nine percent decline from the previous season and a 12 percent decline from the 10-year average of Tennessee deer harvests...  unusually warm weather during muzzleloader season ... also had a huge EHD outbreak in the eastern half of the state." ..,

Mule Deer meetings scheduled by Game & Fish January 13, 2018 Wyoming, Buckrail
... The Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative is a statewide framework designed to address declining mule deer populations, particularly over the last two decades. These declines are not unique to Wyoming, but have been seen throughout the West...