Relocation 2016

Deer Relocation News from 2016   Some Links may no longer be active.      Back to 2017

Ten milu deer have been transported from Beijing to Hebei Province, where they will be released into the wild in the hope of expanding the milu population. The animals were loaded onto a truck after being tranquilized on Saturday morning in Beijing and are expected to arrive in Mulan town in Hebei Province after a six-hour trip. And after staying overnight at a nature reserve, they will be carried up a mountain and returned to the wild on Sunday morning. Over-hunting, climate change and the shrinking of wetlands have made the deer an endangered species. - May 21, 2016



The Deer that were Here April 22, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... 29 collared deer from Kimberley and Cranbrook were released in the south country in February... there have been no deaths that could be called stress related ... There was a lot of question as to how they would do. Capture related deaths due to stress can show up a couple of weeks after an animal is handled...

More deer will be translocated from East Kootenay communities this winter December 20, 2016 British Columbia, Kimberley Bulletin
... the pilot study, while not over, has been very successful so far. If translocation is used in the future, he [Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick] says that it is expected that costs would be similar to euthanizing.   An expensive part of the current study was the radio collars for some of the translocated deer. Those are not necessary once the study is complete...

3 Interior BC communities get provincial funding for urban deer culls Relocation programs tested, December 11, 2016 British Columbia, CBC.ca
... The city has also experimented with relocation programs, tagging and moving 13 deer out of the city in 2016... The deer took to the relocation better than expected, but several have already ended up back in town.  "They were moved over 50 kilometres away from Invermere into the backcountry, [but] at least four of those deer have returned to Invermere," ...

Ky. elk population focus of upcoming meeting December 10, 2016 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... Kentucky’s elk restoration program is the most successful of its kind in the country... started in 1997 with the establishment of a 16-county, 3.5-million-acre elk restoration zone and the release of seven animals. Stocking continued until 2002, by which time 1,550 elk had been moved to Eastern Kentucky from seven western states...

10 Years for Recovery Chinese water deer in Shanghai area M Chen, E Zhang - Research and methods in ecohealth and conservation, 2016
... Huaxia park (in Pudong district, Shanghai) was chosen as a plot area to establish release stock, after two year, the deer has not only adapted to the climatic conditions,but also succeeded in reproducing. The stock numbers in Huaxia Park grew from 21 to 51 in the first couple of years; 80.95% of the introduced individuals survived and the survival rate of their offspring was 79.54%....

Columbian white-tails have been delisted to threatened species October 27, 2016 Washington, The Wahkiakum County Eagle
... The deer population of the lower Columbian floodplain has experienced significant recovery, increasing from about 400 deer in the early 1970s to almost 1,000 individuals in 2015... The successes in translocations and management have been invaluable in promoting the recovery of the deer ...


Riverside Cops Free Deer Stuck in Hammock October 20, 2016 Illinois, NBC Chicago
...  It took five tranquilizer darts to sedate the deer so the netting could be cut... [moved] to a safe location at an animal shelter in Chicago Ridge ...

... The deer population of the Lower Columbia floodplain has experienced significant recovery, increasing from about 400 deer in the early 1970s to almost 1,000 individuals in 2015. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its state and tribal partners have utilized translocation as a management technique ...

Deer on the move September 23, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... Last February and March, 60 mule deer were removed from Kimberley, Invermere, Elkford and Cranbrook and released at four locations with mule deer winter range throughout the East Kootenay. 29 of the 60 deer were fitted with GPS radio collars ... the collared, translocated deer are exhibiting a higher mortality rate (28.6%) than a study of non-urban mule deer (20% in 2015 and 14% in 2016)...

... A lethal removal, or harvesting, plan could remove about 100 deer per year by archers within city limits for $21,900...  residents at Tuesday's meeting pointed out concerns for the lethal elimination methods based on safety risks for people in high-density residential areas.  The nonlethal translocation plan estimates the removal of around 70 deer for approximately $17,500 ...

East Kootenay, All eyes on Kootenay urban deer-relocation pilot as alternative to cull July 19, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... a $100,000 pilot program to relocate deer is underway... initial results are very promising ... One of the concerns with relocation was that the citified deer would be “predator naïve” and easy pickings for predators ... 29 were fitted with GPS radio collars ... very good success with the handling and moving ... predation rate seems comparable to or slightly higher than predation rates on a similar project run concurrently by provincial biologists on non-urban mule deer ...

Deer captured in downtown Chicago parking garage May 31, 2016 Illinois, United Press International
... shot two times with a tranquilizer gun ... did not appear to be injured, was released into a nearby forest preserve...

Restoring Deer to the Huichol: Sacred Animals Return to Jalisco, Mexico May 26, 2016 Indian Country Today Media Network
... a dozen deer were captured one at a time with tranquilizer darts, the rest were gathered in a two-day period with net guns deployed from a helicopter ... moved from the state of Tamaulipas to the state of Jalisco by truck ... ... On January 22 of this year, all 30 does and three bucks were released into a holding corral ... One doe died soon after arrival. All the others were released in good condition on February 23...

Official Video from Texas Parks and Wildlife about the Relocaton Project



Game and Fish continues deer population management March 7, 2016 New Mexico, Silver City Sun-News
... In 2012, they managed to trap only six deer, but in 2013, that number shot up to 110,” Matthews said. “It is a lot of work, you need at least one person per deer.” The deer are hooded and their legs are tied so they can be safely transported during relocation. “So you wind up having to have 20-25 people there if you have 20-25 deer. It’s pretty labor intensive.” ...

Study begins to relocate wild buffalo and swamp deer to CNP March 7, 2016 Nepal, The Kathmandu Post
... Study and preparations have been begun to relocate the wild buffalo and swamp deer to the Chitwan National Park (CNP) ...

The situation with the translocation February 25, 2016 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... "Over three days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, last week, 20 deer were removed from Kimberley, which is what the permit allowed," White said. "One deer died at capture. They think it regurgitated food and it got caught in the trachea...
     Kootenay Communities Given Funding to Relocate Deer February 22, 2016 British Columbia, kelownanow.com
... The province will provide $36,000 to three communities, Cranbrook, Kimberly, and Invemere, to support the translocation of deer ...

... Efforts continue to bolster the West Texas pronghorn population with 112 animals recently relocated and freed near Marfa. [not deer, but shows these relocation efforts can be successful] ...

Moose on the loose in Idaho Falls! February 13, 2016 East Idaho News 
... Animal control officers in Idaho Falls report a moose was captured and relocated in Ammon on Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game...

East Kootenay deer translocation study about to begin February 12, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
...  Female deer (does) will be captured by tranquilizer darts or in non-collapsible Clover traps.  The mule deer will be transported to winter ranges in the East Kootenays where mule deer populations are in decline...

     Capture and translocation are important tools for managing and studying large ungulates. Although widely used, many established field practices cause fear and stress in subject animals that can hamper overall effectiveness and safety...  For extended tranquilization (during transport and overnight holding), adding a sustained-release haloperidol formulation provides calming effects for at least 24–48 h. In our assessment, appropriate and adaptive use of these tranquilizer combinations benefits captured animals without impeding management or research goals

Lakeway, Living with Deer, Relocation of Urban Deer February 5, 2016 Texas, City of Lakeway
...  the “acceptable” number of deer in Lakeway is a subjective matter... From 1999 to 2015, 3,643 deer were removed through trap and relocation or trap and process permits, including 794 relocated to ranches in Mexico in the 2000 –2001 season through an arrangement between TPWD and entities in Mexico...  Costs for trapping and relocation are affected by how far the deer must be moved, but can range from $150 - $200 per animal...

Public lands hears agency reports/deer release February 3, 2016 Utah, Emery County Progress
... As many as 25 deer-sized "clover traps" are baited to catch the deer .. with the help of DWR biologists, move trapped deer into horse trailers for their trip to the southeast side of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The areas where the deer are being released have enough forage to support the newcomers until plants in the areas green-up in the spring...deer are being radio-collared ...

Our deer will not be shot’ say Alexandra Park bosses after rumours circulate January 22, 2016 United Kingdom, London24 
... they are being sent to two deer parks in Devon where they will be in a more rural environment. The park says that they had been considering moving the deer for a number of years...

Deer translocation study set to begin January 13, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... this is a full on scientific project ... The less people around the better, to minimize stress ... “There are animals out there already collared — a control group,” Oakley said. “We want to know — if an animal is taken by a predator, are there control group animals being taken as well, or have the animals being transported lost their prey instinct?” ...

Mule deer translocation trial to begin this winter January 3, 2016 British Columbia, The Free Press
... This trial project, which has received widespread support, is a response to the desire of many to find a non-lethal option to reduce urban deer populations. While the hope is that translocation will prove to be a reliable management tool, the current project is designed to scientifically test if translocation of urban deer is humane and effective...


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