Relocation News 2014

 Deer Relocation News From 2014 and Earlier 
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   In order to restore the ecology of Kinnersani Sanctuary, a total of 26 deer had been shifted from three different deer parks to the eco-restoration project site and are being released into the wild in a phased manner …

North Logan should reconsider deer removal March 17, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal
... The big problem is timing... they need to do it only during times when the migratory deer are NOT being trapped and relocated. There are a lot of wide-ranging wild deer that come down off the mountains in midwinter, and then return to the higher elevations with warmer spring days.  It is not fair or ethical for the City to haul these wild deer off that are only returning to historic winter ranges to escape starvation...

... Utah Sportsman for Fish & Wildlife organization funded the translocation of female mule deer from Cottonwood Canyon, north of Paragonah, to Oak Creek ... 78 mule deer were translocated ... students at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah who have assisted in the studies to ensure the deer are healthy enough to move and will be successful in their new habitats...

Cranbrook, Urban deer problem a regional issue March 10, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... Like Cranbrook, Invermere recently chipped in some money for a regional study that will gather scientific data on the translocation of urban deer... "It's worth studying and looking at, but we do have some concerns about whether relocation is going to prove to be scientifically valid ...

Whitetail deer study taking place in Brown County February 27, 2015 South Dakota, AberdeenNews.com
... “After deer are captured, they’re transported through the air to a processing station no more than 2 or 3 miles away where eight of our staff are ready to monitor vitals, draw blood and perform an ultrasound,” Ermer said. “It’s worked for us to watch the does ...

Deer translocation not an option for now, says City February 25, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... The City of Cranbrook has been involved along with the District of Elkford ... a proposed East Kootenay Urban Mule Deer Translocation Trial...The ultimate goal is to see what urban deer survivorship and movements are like post-translocation from an urban setting...

Deer relocation still going strong February 12, 2015 Utah, The Davis Clipper
... After eight weeks, nearly 150 deer have been trapped, captured and relocated from neighborhoods in the foothills of Bountiful ... Channing Howard, Urban Wildlife Specialist with DWR, said the division’s initial reports are that relocated deer are adapting well to their new homes in Eastern Utah. She said DWR staff is monitoring collared deer ...

Police in Portland, Oregon corral a deer who wasn't where she was supposed to be. After to tranquilizer darts, the doe was out. ODFW took the deer to release in a safe place


... some elk farmers are worried about their herds on the off chance that Kentucky elk bring chronic wasting disease with them to Wisconsin... But the DNR says they'll quarantine the elk for 120 days and monitor conditions to make sure Kentucky elk don't spread disease...

DWR crews relocate 100 mule deer off Antelope Island January 20, 2015 Utah, Fox 13 Now
... The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources airlifted 100 mule deer off Antelope Island, Tuesday, to help control its growing animal population.  The process of capturing the mule deer is called mugging, basically the helicopter pilot herds the animals, until a man armed with a net gun can get a drop on them...

... the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club... is petitioning the District of Invermere to move the 90 deer it plans to cull to another part of the region.  "We're experiencing a decrease in mule deer populations outside the community," president Richard Hoar ...

Parowan deer transplant project draws ire from concerned citizens January 7, 2015 Utah, ironcountytoday.com 
... Ever since the construction of Interstate 15, the deer population’s winter range has been restricted to a small strip of land east of the freeway ...  capture the deer with nets fired from specialized guns... In 2013, out of 102 deer transported, only 40 survived after a two-year period  ... Nicholes said these figures are not that surprising when compared with the survival rates of local populations of deer already in the Holden area...

... DWR has put out 16 traps. So far, 63 deer have been relocated... Highland and Bountiful are two test cities ... 

Mule Deer Foundation Assists Urban Relocation Project January 6, 2015 Utah, MDF Facebook
... MDF's new Urban Deer Trailer for transplanting deer out of cities in Utah [click on picture to enlarge]. Deer are being trapped in Bountiful, Utah and transplanted to areas of low deer numbers. Success is improving on survival of transplanted animals as we learn better ways to relocate mule deer. We hope to have additional trailers in other states in the future...

19 swamp deer translocated from Kaziranga to Manas December 28, 2014 India, Times of India 
... Nineteen swamp deer have been translocated for the first time in the country from Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park in Assam... travelled more than 400 kms ... we have shown to the world a successful mass capture of
 Eastern Swamp Deer for the first time in the country...

Bountiful, DWR begin 2nd year of urban deer program, research December 8, 2014 Utah, KSL
... Between January and February, the DWR live trapped and moved 36 deer from Bountiful and translocated the animals to Cedar Mountain ... “We have a resource that does have a value, and we’re trying to use this as a way to most responsibly manage them,” ... , initial projections show that it will cost the city about $200 per deer to trap and move...

Translocated deer survive on Ridgfield October 23, 2014 Washington, waheagle.com 
... we have seen remarkable strides toward the recovery of the Columbian white-tailed deer, mainly as a result of translocations ... 58 deer were moved, and a total of seven deer died as a result of the move. These deaths could be attributed to direct (capture stress known as myopathy) or indirect (predation, vehicle strikes, etc., soon after release) ... A sustainable deer herd is considered 50 deer or greater ...

Dalton Gardens, Idaho community addresses deer problem with no feeding ordinance December 9, 2014 abcfoxmontana.com 
... The city has taken steps in the past like issuing ordinances that require people who want to keep gardens to have eight feet fencing... City council members say their goal is to trap and relocate at least 25 deer between January and March of next year...

Bountiful, Deer complaints remain high in Bountiful September 26, 2014 Utah, Ogden Standard-Examiner 
... In an ongoing effort to reduce the number of domestic mule deer within city boundaries, local leaders are finalizing an agreement with the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources, in which the state will help catch, transport and relocate deer... Approximately 30 deer were relocated earlier this year in a similar effort ...

Survival and Movements of Translocated White-tailed Deer in South Texas 
2008 Proc. Annu. Conf. SEAFWA, Aaron M. Foley, et al
Abstract: In south Texas, white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) translocations have become a common technique for non-lethal means of deer removal with the implementation of a Trap, Transport, and Transplant (TTT) permit program. However, the effectiveness of TTT as a management tool has not been evaluated. We monitored survival, movements, and body condition of 51 adult white-tailed deer from two translocations to two south Texas properties, one of which was partially enclosed by a 2.5-m net-wire fence. Annual survival of all translocated deer was lower in the partially fenced property (64%) compared to the unfenced property (80%), but overall survival was similar to survival rates of adult native south Texas deer reported in previous studies (68%–74%). As expected, more deer left the unfenced property (52%) than the partially enclosed property (14%). Cumulatively, 40% of deer survived and remained on the release area after one year. Young (1.5–3.5 years old) translocated males had below average antler gain, body condition scores, and rump fat measurements 6–8 months post-release compared to resident males. Results of this study indicate reasonable survival rates can be achieved, but released deer may not remain in the vicinity of the release site and tend to have below-average body condition 6–8 months after release compared to native deer.

Montana pronghorn populate Utah, the West December 31,. 2014 Billings Gazette
... More than 5,000 of the ungulates have been caught on the mountain and moved to other locations in Utah and throughout the west since the mid-1970s... With help from helicopter pilots, groups of pronghorn are chased to a 300-foot runway.... eventually end up in a large, round corral....

15 swamp deer are here, safe and sound December 1, 2014 India, The Hindu 
... Transportation of swamp deer is considered one of the riskiest animal exchange operations between zoos... 5 swamp deer arrived by road from Lucknow ... Though one deer succumbed to stress shortly after being loaded onto the vehicle on October 24, the mission is being considered a success...

Foresters relocate 140 deer from Chennai streets to zoo November 30, 2014 India, Times of India
... The department has already relocated around 140 spotted deer have been trapped in cages in the last four months in various locations ... relocate the animals to prevent them from dying in road accidents, contracting infectious diseases or falling prey to poachers and facing attacks by street dogs. ..

Deer herd launched from release 50 years ago August 30, 2014 Lousiana, Bastrop Daily Enterprise 
... “I recall back in the 1960s bringing a load of deer we had trapped down at Red Dirt National Wildlife Refuge south of Natchitoches. I stopped by my granddad Charlie Lyle’s home in Ruston to let him see what we were bringing to Lincoln Parish. I still remember him shaking his head and telling me he has lived in Lincoln Parish all his life and these are the first deer he had ever seen in this part of the state...

NMSU graduate helps restore mule deer population March 7, 2014 New Mexico, KTSM News Channel 9
...  New Mexico Game and Fish has implemented a deer management plan to relocate the excess deer from Silver City to other areas where deer populations have declined ... “The collars will notify researchers if the deer hasn’t moved for more than four hours, meaning it may be dead,” ...

Bountiful council favors non-lethal deer control February 22, 2014 Utah, Davisclipper
... This follows a short-lived effort about four years ago where about 16 deer were shot by DWR sharp-shooters ... people spoke in support of using non-lethal means ... conducting a non-lethal deer removal program using traps ... Deer are removed to a site in Tooele County... cost of removing deer averages between $400 and $1,000 ... Mortality averages about 50 percent ...

Nearly 100 mule deer being transported off Antelope Island February 6, 2014 Utah, Deseret News 
... Wildlife officers are using some careful techniques to help the deer pack up and move. A helicopter is used that can take up to four mule deer per load. The deer are blindfolded with their legs tied together, and they're put in a bag...  the new, careful techniques make Utah's first large-scale mule deer move possible...
     DWR to transport nearly 100 mule deer off Antelope Island February 4, 2014 Utah, KSL-TV
... The Division of Wildlife Resources is working to move nearly 100 mule deer off of Antelope Island this week in an effort to balance out the population before the food supply runs out... The deer will then be driven to parts of Southern Utah that have a much smaller population ...

Mule deer being captured and relocated in and around Silver City January 28, 2014 New Mexico, Silver City Sun News ·
... This is the second year the department has removed and relocated mule deer from Silver City and is part of ongoing population-control efforts that include population reduction hunts and trapping and moving deer.... The results of the study could lead to new ways for biologists to restore mule deer herds that are in decline ...

Eastern Band of Cherokee to participate in state park deer relocation 
January 8, 2014 North Carolina,  carolinapublicpress.org 
... Morrow Mountain State Park will participate in a long-term project to relocate white-tailed deer from the park to reservation lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians ... Partners in the initiative are the state parks system, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, biologists from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management program... 
     White-tailed deer ... find welcome on Cherokee tribal lands January 24, 2014 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
...  deer were a key part of Cherokee life and lore for centuries before the first European settlers arrived. The animals were plentiful across tribal territory that extended over what now are eight Southeastern states. ... Deer counts are estimated at no more than 12 per square mile on the Qualla Boundary today ... From the 1940s into the early 1980s, Wildlife Resources Commission employees corralled animals in deer refuges at Butner and in the Uwharrie Mountains, not far from Morrow Mountain State Park, and moved them into other parts of North Carolina.
     Piedmont Deer To Be Relocated On Cherokee Reservation January 8, 2014 North Carolina, WFAE
... biologists will begin tranquilizing deer in Morrow Mountain State Park and then relocating them to the reservation. They’ll try not to break-up families. “Just like anybody taking a move, if you have your family and folks with you, you’re going to be a lot happier,” ...

... white-tailed deer were nearing extinction in Indiana. To help combat this, in 1934, the Division of Fish and Game began to restock the population. The initial way they did this was by trapping 400 deer in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Once trapped, these deer were transported to state and federal properties ...

Pronghorn at E. Oregon chemical depot relocated December 12, 2013 Oregon, The Columbian
... A helicopter herded 38 of the antelope-like animals into a corral trap at the Umatilla Chemical Depot on Wednesday, and the herd was later driven to a wildlife area about 300 miles south in Malheur County for release... A total of 37 pronghorn were released after the trip to the Beulah Wildlife Management Unit near Ontario — eight adult males, 22 adult females and seven young. One animal in poor condition was euthanized ...

Wildlife officials propose deer transplants across Utah October 31, 2013 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
... "In certain situations relocating deer is the best for people and best for wildlife," said Scott McFarlane, private lands/public wildlife coordinator with the DWR... Two locations have been identified as the source for possible deer transplants: the urban herd in the city of Bountiful and the prospering herd on Antelope Island... "There is a 50 to 60 percent survival rate in the first year," ...  Justin Shannon, big game coordinator for the DWR...

... officers, equipped with tranquilliser equipment ... Trail cameras have been set up in bushland to track and trap the herd ahead of relocation ... A large animal trap has been set up to assist with the humane relocation of the deer...

Deer translocations to begin; assessment released January 29, 2014 Washington, waheagle.com
...  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin to translocate up to 35 Columbian white-tailed deer from Puget Island to the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer ... The final Environmental Assessment for the translocation and an accompanying finding of no significant impact is now available to the public...  at https://www.fws.gov/jbh/translocation.html ...
       Relocated deer struggling to adapt at wildlife refuge August 18, 2013 Washington, Longview Daily News
... at Ridgefield ... As of late July ... a total of 13 relocated deer had perished, and seven of the 22 surviving deer have moved off the refuge ... “a very healthy and robust” coyote population on the Ridgefield refuge is responsible for about a third of the deaths ... According to the USFWS Environmental Assessment ... coyotes are a “major” obstacle to establishing a sustainable population...  one 2010 study conducted at the JBH refuge indicated that coyotes were responsible for 69 percent of deer mortalities ...

     Northwest Deer Relocation Mission Considered Successful, Despite 20 Percent Loss  April 18, 2013 Washington, Nature World News
... A mission to relocate endangered Columbian White-tail deer ... Jackie Ferrier, who manages the Julia Butler-Hansen Refuge near Cathlamet, Wash., said that as the project went on it became quite difficult to lure the deer into the traps in place for them because the deer had grown leery of humans.  “The deer were just plain not coming into the nets anymore ...
     Relocation of endangered deer a slow, dangerous process February 13, 2013 Washington, Longview Daily News
... Wildlife officials are in a race to move about 50 deer because they fear a badly eroded dike may soon break... using a combination of sedative darts, drive-netting, and drop-netting ... So far, biologists have captured an ideal mix of age and gender, and no animals or people have been hurt or killed ... “We’ve never really moved this many deer all at once in this short of a time frame,” said Jackie Ferrier, who manages the deer refuge ...

Relocation of Deer and Exotic Animals in Texas - August, 2012


Link to an August, 2012, Youtube video showing relocation of deer and exotic animals in Texas 

Pennsylvania Celebrates Century of Elk August 29, 2013 PGC News
.... Between 1913 and 1926, the Game Commission released 177 elk into Pennsylvania’s wilds. And the elk that live here today are the progeny of those animals.
A three-year trap-and-transfer program launched by the Game Commission in 1998 expanded the elk’s range from 350 to 800 square miles, allowing the herd to grow. 

Penticton, Deer relocation stopped in its tracks March 5, 2014 British Columbia, Castanet 
... a letter from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations at Monday's full house meeting. "It stated an incredible amount of red tape ... So we decided to drop the initiative because it would be too onerous ..."
        Penticton, Oh deer, you have to move February 4, 2014 British Columbia, Castanet.net
... The capture and relocation of deer in the city of Penticton, has moved a step closer to reality.After being presented with several options at Monday's meeting, the city council elected to go with a pilot program that entails partnering with the Penticton Indian Band...


DWR transfers mule deer to Millard January 16, 2013 Utah, Millard County Chronicle Progress
Fifty mule deer were removed from the Parowan front and transplanted to the Pahvant Range east of Holden on January 7 and 8...  According to Division of Wildlife Resources biologist Kody Jones there were too many deer in the Parowan area and plenty of open space in the Pahvant Range.  “We don’t normally do this, but with SFW funding it is worth a try. Our big concern is mule deer tend to go to the same places all the time. This is a big change for them; hopefully, they will take hold here,”

... the success of the deer trans-location in central Utah. SFW is providing 100% of the funding for this transplant and is partnered with the Division of Wildlife Resources and BYU to gather data and monitor its success. The outcome has been phenomenal and future transplants are in the works as a result of this study...

Feds considering emergency relocation of endangered deer December 3, 2012 Washington, Longview Daily News
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed moving half of the estimated 100 deer [an endangered species]  off their Cathlamet-area refuge to other locations in Cowlitz and Clark counties ...  a dike that protects the refuge from the Columbia River could fail    ...“We have enough to move the deer. We don’t have enough to fix the dike." ... Doug Zimmer, a spokesman for the Wildlife Service ...

Cranbrook: Alternative to current cull February 3, 2012 Canada, Cranbrook Daily Townsman 
... it has been my belief the deer should be transported. In 2002 I had the privilege of being part of a crew that translocated 50 elk from Elk Island National Park in Alberta to Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. This trip was over 3,000 miles, taking 60 hours to complete and we were proud that these elk suffered no ill effects in this transfer. This makes me seriously question the biologists' claim that the mule deer would stress out to a fatal condition on a one hour, 50-mile trip... 

Lincoln City, Elk, deer increasingly a part of Lincoln City November 10, 2012 Oregon, Lincoln City News Guard
...  not a surprise to biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Increasing development and decreasing habitat are forcing the elk and deer out into the open more frequently.... By capturing several lead cows over the years, ODFW was able to alter the patterns of the deer and elk to the golf course ... “We see movement in and out of the city from the north and the west of Highway 101,” said Doug Cottam, ODFW biologist.  “It doesn’t mean they aren’t still crossing, but the number has been decreasing and we are monitoring that.”

A brief insight into some of the work carried out by Pied Piper Animal Capture. Specialists in safe, humane live capture and remote treatment of large animals, small animals,domestic livestock and wildlife. - April, 2012



Republic responds to deer problem February 14, 2010 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
...  the Colville Confederated Tribes allowed the deer to be released on the reservation’s Hellsgate Game Reserve along the Columbia River. That was an important good-neighbor offering, Kujala said, since the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is picky about where deer can be transported... he caught and relocated 54 mule deer and three whitetails in Republic this fall and early winter. “If I had free reign, I probably could get the remaining 40 deer in about a week.” ...  Kujala was paid $14,000 to remove 57 deer. However, nearly half the cost was funded by a grant from the Mule Deer Foundation ... [by October, 2013, the city was again wondering what to do with its deer herd]

Animal control in Chicago translocated a doe and fawn from a suburban environment to an open space with no ill effects, many similar examples can be found in the "Deer in the News" sections on this site. In the Toutle River Valley of Washington State, 50 elk were successfully relocated to the Nooksack Valley. Toutle officials there coordinated with two helicopters and volunteers on the ground to herd the animals into a corral and then transport them to other areas.

40 spotted deer relocated for Chennai Metro Rail September 5, 2011 India, IBNLive.com
CHENNAI: ...the Forest Department had translocated 40 spotted deer ... officials claimed that all the 40 were safe in the new environment.... Completing the task in four months ... “Deer have a soft heart and are sensitive. Some even die in fear when taken from one place to another,” said S Davidraj, forest range officer....“We appointed six people for this to get friendly with the mammal. We kept salt lick near the water spot, ...In an attempt to trap the mammal, 15 wooden boxes were made and the same grass, wheat and bran were kept inside; the mammal was trapped once it entered the box to eat....All the 40 deer were translocated to the new place in the similar manner. [also done in 1990s near Vandular]... 

Efficacy of translocation to control urban deer in Missouri: costs, efficiency, and outcome. (2002) Wildlife Society Bulletin, Vol. 30, No. 3, Autumn, 2002 
Abstract: We evaluated the efficacy of translocation to control an urban white-tailed deer ... population in Town and Country (TC), Missouri. Captured deer (n = 80) were fitted with radiotransmitters...Annual survival was 0.30 ... for translocated deer and 0.69 ... for radiomarked resident deer that were not translocated. Mortality causes for the 55 translocated deer that died during the study were hunting (33%), capture myopathy (29%), poaching (13%), unknown causes (11%), roadkill (9%), and wounding from hunting (5%). Mortality causes for the 25 resident deer that died during the study were roadkill (68%), hunting (12%), unknown causes (8%), fences (8%), and wounding from hunting (4%). Post-translocation home range size increased ... and fawn recruitment by translocated adult females was higher ... than for TC resident deer. Cost per translocated deer was $387....

Survival of Black-Tailed Deer Following Relocation in California (1985), Mary K, O'Bryan and Dale R. McCullough, Journal of Wildlife Management 49(1):115-119 ... At least 275 deer were on Angle Island prior to relocation ... 215 deer captured .. Twelve died before relocation; two due to prexisting diseases, five to physical injuries, two to capture stress, and three to pre-existing poor condition ... Mortality was greatest during the first 2 months following relocation ... The first three know deaths .. all died of malnutrition .. analysis showed these animals were in poor physical condition ... All known causes of later deaths were attributed either to predators (3) or were human related (17). Thirteen of the human-related deaths were car kills. Cause of death of five deer could not be determined... Only 15% of the radio-collared Angel Island deer survived an entire year following relocation... Many relocated deer died because they failed to recognize hazards not encountered on Angle Island ... 

A Connecticut guide to deer management cites the study above and concludes: "Survival rates of relocated deer are frequently low. The poor physical condition of deer from an overpopulated range predisposes them to starvation. Trap-and-transfer efforts in California, New Mexico and Florida resulted in losses of 85, 55 and 58 percent, respectively, from 4 to 15 months [p. 15]" The guide references the Texas study above, but does not provide any information about the relative success of that much more recent effort. The California case was an unusual effort to transfer deer from an island into a very different environment. 

The Connecticut guide does not report the low mortality rate from the study below, instead summarizes as follows: "A six-year study of translocated deer from the Chicago Metropolitan Area showed a higher annual survival rate of resident adults than for those translocated deer. Deer-vehicle accidents were the largest source of mortality among the translocated does and presumably resulted from unfamiliarity with the release site (18)" see page 16 

Post-translocation survival and movements of metropolitan white-tailed deer. (1990) Jones, J. M. and J.H. Witham. Wildl. Soc. Bull. 18(4):434-441. Here are some of the conclusions of this study:
"Survival of translocated deer ... has been documented in other studies. Direct comparisons of these studies are complicated by differences between sites, methods of translocation, and methods of calculating and reporting survival rates. These data suggest, however, that the survival of translocated deer is contingent upon capture and handling procedures, the nutritional status of the animals, and the presence of decimating factors at the release site including hunters, vehicular traffic, predators, or a combination of these. ... Capture myopathy ... was presumably the cause of 3 (12%, 2 adults and 1 fawn) mortalities among our translocated does within 0.8 km of release site during the first month post-releast." (page 5)

Link to Youtube Video showing relocation of deer during the 1930s at Pisgah National Forest 

State's deer restoration is amazing October 19, 2012 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
... In the late 1930s, Arkansas had an estimated 5,000 deer — statewide. That number could be up a little from the mid-1920s when the restoration program began. Or maybe not.... It could not be done today. So many regulations have been added to our daily lives that a couple of fellows with a stake bed truck likely could not trap three or four deer in south Arkansas and move them to northeast Arkansas.