North Carolina Deer News
Deer rescued from Nags Head surf August 27, 2015 North Carolina, HamptonRoads.com
... The fisherman rescued the exhausted animal, and bystanders wrapped it in blankets and a towel ... Deer will swim in the ocean to rid themselves of parasites ...

NC Deer Farming Bill Threatens Federal Excise Gun Range Dollars August 20, 2015 North Carolina, Beaufort Observer
... North Carolina's 335,000 hunters provided the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission with $19,932,347 during the Fiscal year of 2014 alone. Should Deer Farming expand within North Carolina, causing our state to becomes CWD positive, and suffer the same percentage loss in licensed hunters as Wisconsin did on the year they discovered the disease, the state would face a conservation dollar loss of $2,132,761 in one year alone...

Is deer farming a threat to wildlife and deer hunting in NC? August 20, 2015 North Carolina, Beaufort Observer
... one needs to go no further than the Cherokee White Tail Hunting Preserve in Robbinsville, where shooting a large buck commands $14,000 and up...  SB 513 would transfer control of farmed deer entirely to the Department of Agriculture, allowing him to control licensing and permits for deer farms and transportation of animals ...

Changes to state laws August 8, 2015 North Carolina, Fayetteville Observer
...Starting Oct. 1, it will be legal to use firearms to hunt on Sundays in most of North Carolina. ... a prohibition on hunting between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30p.m., no hunting is allowed within 500 yards of a church or a residence ...


Pisgah National Forest is a National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. It is administered by the United States Forest Service, part of the United States Department of Agriculture...


... a beeline for the young doe struggling to keep its head above water. As he hugged it, the fawn went limp ... On the Internet, they discovered Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation ... A few hours after the deer arrived, Browning sedated it, took it back to Buxton and released it ...

2015 North Carolina deer season preview August 1, 2015 North Carolina, northcarolinasportsman.com
... last year’s outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, may wonder whether or how it will affect the 2015 season...  “Deer build up immunities to the virus, but a new strain may appear and infect deer. That happened in 2014.” ...

Are animals invading urban areas? August 2, 2015 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer
... Nils Peterson ... at N.C. State ... noted some adaptive behavior by human residents of new subdivisions.  “At first, they become upset when deer eat their ornamental plants. But 20 years down the road, they either have fences or plants that deer won’t eat.”  Finding better ways to protect animal habitat and include more swaths of nature in our environment won’t just be good for wildlife. Studies have shown that it improves the quality of life for humans ...

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/science-technology/article29531839.html#storylink=cpy

QDMA Hosts Wildlife Habitat Workshop on Sandy Mush Game Lands July 29, 2015 North Carolina, QDMA News
     The Southern Appalachian Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association and the Western Carolina Quality Deer Management Program are hosting a free wildlife habitat management workshop in Leicester on August 8, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   A partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative, University of Tennessee Extension, WNC Wildlife, and the N.C. State Implementation Council of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the workshop is geared towards deer hunters and landowners interested in wildlife habitat development. ... To register for the workshop, please call (828) 442-2674.

Wild red wolf count falls as fewer parents making fewer pups July  24,2015 North Carolina, News & Observer
... A revised population estimate puts the world's only wild population of endangered red wolves at their lowest level since the late 1990s ... the federal agency has drastically cut its population estimate to between 50 and 75 wild red wolves. The revision was the result of fewer breeding adult wolves ... shooting deaths of red wolves since even experts often couldn't distinguish them from coyotes in a distant flashlight's glare...

... Share biological information about our deer...Share results from a 3 year data analysis (2011-2013)... Discuss concerns & ideas with hunters... We need your input on the future of deer management ...

Managing Land for Wildlife  July 18, 2015 North Carolina, Thetribunepapers
...  Maybe you enjoy sitting on the back porch and watching deer, turkey, or songbirds in the spring and summer. ...The North Carolina State University Extension Services office has the answer with a series of land management workshops coming up in the near future.  It is called the Woodland Steward Series and is specifically designed to help forest landowners in the mountains to manage properties ... access the class schedule and sign up at www.ncsu-feop.org/woodlandstewards/

Debate over deer management in NC July 10, 2015 North Carolina, 1050 WFSC
... “We don’t want to see the expansion of deer and elk farming in our state, which has led around the country to chronic waste disease ...“It’s basically ebola for deer.” ... North Carolina Wildlife Federation CEO Tim Gestwicki ...

Sunday hunting with guns to begin Oct. 1 in NC  July 9, 2015 Asheville Citizen-Times
... Hunting with guns on public land is still prohibited... County commissioners can vote to prohibit Sunday hunting in their counties, although such a ban would not take effect until October 2017...

Who Should Manage North Carolina Captive Deer? July 9, 2015 The Center for Public Intergrity
... The Wildlife Resources Commission was formed in 2002 after chronic wasting disease began to decimate herds in other states. Gestwicki says it has not entered North Carolina, but he fears looser regulations under the Agriculture Department would increase the risk...

Fawn leaps into Clayton rescuer’s arms after wandering into storm drain July 6, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer
...  an unusual sound coming from a storm drain ... Shortly after firefighter Holly Holton made her descent, the animal leaped into her arms...  neighbors had seen what they believed was the fawn’s mother pacing up and down...

Big money calling deer-farm bill shots July 1, 2015 North Carolina, northcarolinasportsman.com
... SB 513 removes management of “farmed” cervids from the Commission and gives it to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ... The N.C. Deer & Elk Farmers Association ... has spent thousands of dollars in campaign contributions ...

Regulating deer key to preventing disease June 25, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online
... The NCWRC has a CWD-action plan that would attempt to kill hundreds of deer surrounding an outbreak area divided along county borders. In states where the disease has occurred, similar measures have not contained it and hunting related expenditures have dropped as much fifty percent due to deer hunters curtailing activity...

Lifting Sunday hunting ban on guns gets final legislative OK  June 24, 2015 North Carolina, WTVD-TV
... Hunting from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - when many services are held - would still be banned when the change takes place Oct. 1. Hunters would have to remain at least 500 yards away from a church or a house not on the property, although that wouldn't apply to private hunting preserves...

Protect White-Tailed Deer Against Diseases June 23, 2015 North Carolina, National Wildlife Federation
... t special interests are promoting bills that would reclassify captive deer and elk as “livestock” and transfer oversight away from the Wildlife Resources Commission - placing North Carolina's wild deer populations in peril across the state.... 

Cedar Point, Town to discuss thinning growing number of deer June 20, 2015 North Carolina, Carolinacoastonline
...  “some residents are beginning to see more deer and experience some property damage” to ornamental plants and gardens. “ ... the deer hunt in Emerald Isle has been emotional and controversial at times ...

House moves NC closer to allowing Sunday hunting June 18, 2015 North Carolina, News & Observer
... A bill to allow Sunday hunting on private land in North Carolina passed the House 88 to 26 after a compromise to add a midday ban advanced in the House and Senate...

... North Carolina's Constitution and law explicitly prohibit the sale of deer. Whitetails are recognized as a public trust asset, a benefit and enjoyed resource for all citizens. Representative West's language would begin to unravel the long-standing history with little debate from residents...

Deer Farmers drain Family Farmers USDA / FSA Funds June 17, 2015 North Carolina, PR Newswire (press release)
... Deer Farmers have begun to benefit from the Federal Livestock Indemnity Program, authorized by the USDA, which provides protection to commercial farmers when adverse weather or disease eradicates a large percentage of livestock ... unlike cattle farms that sell their meat for commercial distribution, captive cervid (deer) farms commercially breed their animals to sell to shooting pens...

Sportsmen asked to oppose expansion of deer pens in NC June 16, 2015 North Carolina, Sun Journal
... The N.C. Camo Coalition and other wildlife conservation groups are urging sportsmen to contact their elected state representatives and ask them to oppose NC Farm Bill Article 14, Senate Bill 513 which would allow the transfer of deer farm regulation from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to the N.C. Department of Agriculture...

Deer-farming bill herded through committee June 9, 2010 North Carolina, WRAL
... House leaders are pushing ahead on a bill that would allow the expansion of deer farming in North Carolina.  Senate Bill 513, the Farm Act of 2015 ... would transfer the oversight of the state's handful of deer farms from the Wildlife Resources Commission, where it's been since 2002, to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ...

A Burned Cat and a Baby Fawn Become Best Friends May 24, 2015 North Carolina, Jezebel
... Two furry residents of an animal emergency hospital—a kitty who was burned in a fire and an abandoned fawn—have become unlikely friends. [Image from Youtube]

Wildlife Commission Schedules Deer-Management Forums May 21, 2015 North Carolina, Commission News
... The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina [see link above for meeting details].These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.  
    Wildlife Commission biologists will share a recently completed biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates, and the timing of the harvest. Discussion will include how each of these can play a role in determining the future of deer management in North Carolina as well as other topics of interest to deer hunters. Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion on the future of deer hunting and deer management in North Carolina...

Deer farming changes pass state Senate, go to House May 20, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
... “The N.C. Wildlife Federation is very disappointed in the actions of the N.C. Senate and the wildlife commission,” said NCWF Camouflage Coalition coordinator Richard Hamilton, a former commission director. “We plan to continue our opposition in the House.” ...

Dogs attack deer in Durham subdivision May 20, 2015 North Carolina, 11abc News
... After reviewing the shocking video, several officers spent the day searching for the dogs and their owner... Watson and her neighbors aren't waiting for that. They've turned to social media...

... The little lost fawn attached itself to the gentle German Shepard because it believed in the words of Iris’s owner Adrian Flores, that the seven-month-old cuddly canine was actually its mother... the Disney deer and the delightful dog are completely relaxed and carefree in one another’s company ...

Deer, swine, eels in NC farm bill that gets Senate OK May 19, 2015 North Carolina, WNCT
... The bill approved 44-2 on Monday shifts regulation of North Carolina deer raised on farms from wildlife officials to the Department of Agriculture...

Turn up the heat on coyotes now May 15, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... the state’s deer population has declined by 30 percent since 2002, and much of it is attributed to the coyote invasion... Newborn fawns emit fewer odors than adults, which helps them hide from predators, but coyotes’ ultra-keen sense of smell  makes young fawns vulnerable ...

Nature keeps down most recent deer season numbers May 14, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online ·
... Evin Stanford, the commission's deer biologist, linked the decline to three likely factors: an abundance of natural food, ongoing hemorrhagic disease in some areas, and the high deer harvest over the last several seasons...

Gardening - Consider a few native plants that resist deer November 15, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online 
... smaller trees that are deer-resistant, consider Carolina cherry laurel, eastern redbud, or red buckeye, a small native whose bright red flowers are favorites of hummingbirds ... Highbush blueberry, inkberry and arrowood are shrubs ...

... Deer and elk breeders have sought the change in regulations, arguing their animals are livestock and the industry had dwindled under Wildlife Resources Commission oversight...

Deer farming changes debated May 12, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL.com
... Senate Bill 513, this year's omnibus Farm Bill ... One section of the bill would move the oversight of "captive cervid herds" – deer and elk farms – from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and would allow deer to be transferred between farms within the state...

Wilkes, statewide deer harvest down in 2014-15; acorn crop cited May 8, 2015 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... “In years when we have a good mast crop, our harvest typically drops 5-8 percent and we receive numerous complaints about reduced deer sightings” because deer don’t have to move around as much or leave the woods to find food, said Evin Stanford...

Deer harvest is off 18 percent over 2013-14, NCWRC announces May 7, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... In 2013-14, hunters tagged a record 188,130 whitetails. But in 2014-15, the harvest dropped a record 18.3 percent to 144,315 deer, the lowest harvest since 2005-06...

House approves bill expanding Sunday hunting April 28, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL
... The bill has pitted hunters and others who say people should be able to enjoy their chosen recreation any day of the week against churchgoers and others who say Sunday should retain its special status as a day of rest...

‘Sunday hunting’ bill about more than hunting April 27, 2015 North Carolina, Washington Daily News
...  vast differences between the two bills. The Senate bill only addresses hunting on private land on Sunday ... House Bill 640, the “Outdoor Heritage Act,” first calls for the establishment of trust fund intended to give children 16 and under more outdoor recreational opportunities ... 

Sunday hunting once again debated in NC Legislature April 24, 2015 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... A bill clearing the way for Sunday hunting on private land has been approved by a state House committee ... North Carolina is one of only 11 states that restricts Sunday hunting. The state decided in 2010 to allow bow hunting and falconry on Sundays ...

Elmore files bill legalizing sale of deer skins in North Carolina April 22, 2015 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... If the legislation passes, said Elmore, hunters would still be subject to existing tagging and reporting requirements and season limits... it’s already legal to sell deer hides in most other states ...

... This has been a controversial topic amongst hunters and non hunters for some time now...

Forest Lookouts: The inextricable -- but controversial -- ties among WNC economies and the national forests April 17, 2015 North Carolina, Carolina Public Press
... Hunters ... have said that a lack of timber management has impacted the populations of deer and other game favored by hunters, thus displacing potential spending by hunters to regions with larger, more stable game populations. They are concerned that more land protections, such as wilderness, will limit the Forest Service’s ability to effectively manage the forests...

Coyote predation on fawns may demand direct attack April 17, 2015 North Carlina, Penn Live
...  after spending a lot of time and money removing a lot of coyotes, did not measure a significant increase in fawn recruitment. Thus follows the advice: If fawn recruitment is falling, reducing doe harvest is easier, cheaper and possibly more effective than spring trapping."

If you find the remains of a dead fawn in the woods this summer, could you determine what kind of predator killed it? At the 2012 Southeast Deer Study Group meeting, QDMA talked to Colter Chitwood, a Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University. Colter is studying the effects of coyote and bobcat predation on fawn survival rates at Fort Bragg Military Installation. During his research, Colter has become skilled at reading the signs and determining whether a fawn was killed by predators or merely scavenged after dying of other causes. If predators killed the fawn, Colter can usually determine what kind of predator is guilty based on evidence at the scene.



Bill would clear way for Sunday hunting on private land April 16, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL
... House Bill 640 is a sweeping bill that deals with a number of hunting-related topics ... the section that got the most focus ... The bill would allow hunting with firearms on Sunday on private property – not public lands ...

Two tales of timber: Managing your trees can help your wallet, wildlife April 9, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... Logging activities stimulate succession and growth of grasses, shrubs and saplings ... deer will begin to flood the area, munching on the tender, young vegetation. This brushy, early succession phase provides three to four times the bio-energy production of a mature stand... 

NC Wildlife Commission approves new regulations for 2015-16 April 2, 215 North Carolina, Jefferson Post
... creation of a Youth Deer Hunting Day, which will coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day ... youth under 16 will be able to use all legal weapons to hunt deer of either sex on both private lands and game lands...

Dead deer found on third-floor apartment porch at Davidson March 31, 2015 North Carolina, WSOC-TV 
... Martin Court, and then across campus another student found what appeared to be blood inside the elevator of Belk Residence Hall...

Deer-farm supporters find two friends in state senate March 31, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
...Two Republican state senators, Andrew Brock and Brent Jackson, have introduced a bill that would strip the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of regulatory authority to manage penned-in deer and turn it over to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services... The N.C. Wildlife Federation voiced opposition to the bill...

Coyotes becoming a nuisance in Eastern North Carolina March 29, 2015 North Carolina, New Bern Sun Journal
... according to the state Wildlife Resources Commission, “Coyotes first made their appearance in Eastern North Carolina in the 1980s because of illegal translocations and releases from outside of the state for the purpose of sport hunting with hounds... 

Coyotes filling wolves' niche in southeastern US March 26, 2015 North Carolina, Phys.org
... Coyotes are native to western North America but moved to North Carolina only in the last few decades... Most impressive was the apparent top-down influence coyotes had on deer populations at Fort Bragg. A recent paper in PLoS ONE showed that coyotes killed one out of every two deer fawns born. "Only 14 percent of fawns survived for the first 16 weeks of life," ...

A new N.C. Senate proposal would transfer oversight and regulation of deer farms from the state's Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Bill sponsor Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, said the measure would set "the stage for an entirely new agricultural industry to take root and thrive in this state." - March 25



U.S. Forest Service Slaps Hunters in the Face March 21, 2015 North Carolina, The Tribune Papers 
... We know the deplorable state of wildlife habitat on the National Forests...  using the public input process they designed, identified wildlife habitat as the number one public concern and the draft plan reflected that. We did what they asked. To ignore that effort by those who really care about a healthy forest and wildlife is a slap in the face...

For World's Only Wild Red Wolves, a Fateful Decision March 18, 2015 North Carolina, National Geographic
... an estimated 75 to 100 red wolves roam across eastern North Carolina—the world's only wild population of red wolves...  North Carolina's Wildlife Resources Commission has asked the federal government to end its reintroduction program and to remove the wolves from private land ...

Poor deer season last fall has multiple causes, biologist says March 6, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... a massive acorn crop —combined with EHD to create a perfect storm of fewer whitetails seen and harvested.  "If people hunted field edges and agricultural areas, they may not have seen a lot of deer because deer stayed in the woods to eat acorns,” ... said some of the hardest-hit EHD areas may have lost as much as 30 percent of their deer, said last fall’s mast crop was North Carolina’s second-largest since 1983...

Are all the deer and fish really gone? February 23, 2015 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... commission spokesman Geoff Cantrell ... provided these historical North Carolina deer population estimates:  1900 — 10,000 (population was lowest in the early 1900s), 1950 —150,000.  2000 — 1.1 million.  Current estimate — 1,165,000.

Pinehurst confronts deer problem, but won't use culling February 16, 2015 North Carolina, Fayetteville Observer 
...  The Village Council agreed to post deer crossing signs and continue a prohibition on feeding wildlife, but stopped short of starting a program to kill deer in the village... "Council's primary concern about the culling was being able to do it in a safe manner," said Jeff Batton, interim village manager. "They basically said not at this time." ...

Emerald Isle, Deer hunt comments encouraged February 11, 2015 North Carolina, carolinacoastonline.com
... I awoke ... to find a police truck parked in front of my house and an officer trampling through the yards... they had shot a deer during the night and not retrieved it. I was shocked to learn they were shooting deer on the streets... When did my street become a “limited wooded area?” This takes place from midnight until 4 a.m...Please contact Frank Rush, town manager, and ask that this depredation be halted on Emerald Isle... by telephone at (252) 354-3424 or by email at frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

North Carolina's game commission wants the red wolf program ended February 6, 2015 North Carlina, The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog
...five counties where red wolves roam ... In May 2014, a court-ordered injunction banned coyote hunting ... by November, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission created a framework that would allow some limited coyote hunting in the area.  Also, if one is legally hunting coyotes, one can kill a red wolf if it is taken by accident. I should note that red wolves look a lot like Eastern coyotes. ...

EHD in Northern Piedmont NC Herd February 5, 2015  Wallace Chambers
President, Piedmont Wildlife Hunt Club, LLC
...  in northern Durham county, NC....  a devastating EHD kill in our area.... We estimate a loss of over 50% of our herd in this area.  Night time food plot photos and area hunter observations were how we came to this number ...  the affected counties harvest numbers should reflect the drop in deer numbers... Virginia Fish and Game has already reported a decreased harvest of 40% in its southern counties, which are just to our north...  there is little that can be done to battle EHD, but getting the word out of the suffering deer numbers will help to battle the deer farm industry in Virginia and North Carolina.  Much pressure is being applied here to open up many new deer farms and to ease the restrictions on the sale of deer parts.  I believe this would be a mistake and would help bring CWD to our state.  To date, not one confirmed case of CWD has been found in our state's deer herd.  It is all about money for the owners of these deer farms and they seem to have a strong lobby here in NC.

Winter is time to burn February 5, 2015 North Carolina Sportsman
... Prescribed burning is one of the most-overlooked and cost-effective habitat-modification techniques. All game species, including turkey, bobwhite quail, rabbits and deer, will benefit in similar ways... Fire removes unwanted woody/non-woody vegetation for access to new growth, and it converts dead plant material to usable nutrients for the establishment of new, tender forage for deer and other wildlife...

Emerald Island, Controlled hunt ends quickly February 4, 2015 North Carolina, Jacksonville Daily News
... the town taking 50 deer, which was the number recommended and approved under a depredation permit ...

Submit Comments on Proposed Fishing, Hunting, Game Land Regulations Electronically through Feb. 8 January 30, 2015 North Carolina, NCWRC
     The Wildlife Commission will continue accepting comments electronically on the proposed 2015-2016 fishing, hunting, game land and other wildlife resource management regulations through Feb. 8. Comments can be submitted here. Game lands users should note that, if adopted, proposals G1 through G14 will go into effect May 1. All other proposals, if adopted, become effective Aug. 1. 

      The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday adopted two resolutions regarding reintroduction of red wolves in North Carolina — the first requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service end its experimental, non-essential red wolf reintroduction project in northeastern North Carolina, and the second requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service capture and remove all individual animals and subsequent offspring that were unauthorized releases on private lands by the federal agency.  The Wildlife Commission cited hybridization with coyotes, encroachment onto private lands and a failure to meet project goals as reasons to end the program in North Carolina....

Pinehurst Village Council Votes Down Proposal to Kill Deer January 14, 2015 North Carolina, The pilot
... Council voted 4-1 Tuesday afternoon to formally reject a recommendation from a task force to implement a "selective" hunting program to manage the deer herd.  "I am not and never will be in favor of shooting deer, killing deer, in the village of Pinehurst," Mayor Pro Tem John Cashion said after making a motion. "In the end, if there is one minor mistake, we'd never survive it...

America's Forgotten Wolf Still Lives In North Carolina January 14, 2015 Indefinitily wild
... there were wolves roaming freely in North Carolina ... The red wolf, Canis rufus, endemic to the United States, once chased deer from New England throughout the Southeast and as far west as Texas. Smaller than its relative, the gray wolf and larger than a coyote ... in the early 1900s only small, isolated populations remained in remote corners of Louisiana and Texas ...

White‐tailed deer population dynamics and adult female survival in the presence of a novel predator MC Chitwood, MA Lashley, JC Kilgo, CE Moorman… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2015 North Carolina
... Recent localized declines in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations in the southeastern United States have been linked to increasing predation pressure from coyotes (Canis latrans), a novel predator to the region. Studies have documented coyotes as the leading cause of mortality for neonates, and 1 study documented coyotes as a mortality factor for adult females... Our data indicate that for low-density deer populations with heavy predation pressure on neonates, protecting adult females from harvest may not completely offset population declines. Coyote removal might be a necessary strategy because it could possibly increase very low fawn survival, which appears to be the most important vital rate influencing λ in our study. However, managers may have to start with reductions in adult female harvest ...

Emerald Island Police department staff to manage deer population January 4, 2014 North Carolina, Jacksonville Daily News 
... The latest deer population estimate put the total population at about 105 deer in the western area of Emerald Isle, which is down from the 159 in fall of 2013.  Based on the estimate, the WRC has recommended the removal of 30 to 50 deer...
 insect often called a midge .
North Carolina data: An estimated 1,165,000 deer in early 2015.  Deer population estimated at 1.2 to 1.35 million in 2013 through 2011 (estimate from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission).  An EHD outbreak in 2014 reduced deer populations by as much as 30 percent in 2014.  The 2014 deer harvest fell by 18.3 percent. Also contributing was a near record acorns crop so deer did not need to wander far to find food.  Another significant outbreak of EHD in 2012, but populations bounced back into 2013 resulting in a record harvest of 188,130 .  The EHD outbreak was worst in the southeast and midwest of the state.  Some areas lost up to 70 percent of the deer. The previous record deer harvest was in 2008-09 at 176,297. Does were 42.7 percent of the 2012 harvest. Record keeping began in 1976.  The deer population was about 10,000 around the year 1900 recovering through conservation efforts to 150,000 by 1950, and reaching about 1.1 million in the year 2000.
     The Cherokee Indians are attempting to restock their tribal lands in the Qualla Boundary of western North Carolina. Between 1699 and 1715 southeastern tribes were shipping about 54,000 deer skins annually as part of the deer skin trade. The deer were nearly extinct by 1750.  Predation by bears and coyotes and the reduction of edge habitat in the Qualla Boundary have prevented the deer from recovering as they have in some other parts of the Southeast.
    Red Wolf: The world's only population of red wolves reside in North Carolina.  Thought to have a population of 75 to 100 in early 2015, the new estimate: 50 to 75. 

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Baby deer being fed potato slices by Keith Zeiss of Angela's Deer Rescue, Rehab & Release nonprofit in Yancy County, Burnsville, NC, Blue Ridge Mountains. November, 2012