Deer-Forest Study November 18, 2013 Pennsylvania

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Deer-Forest Study November 18, 2013 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... several deer in Pennsylvania are wearing GPS radio collars that can be controlled via text messages... the Game Commission has placed collars on thousands of
Pennsylvania deer. Through such monitoring, researchers have learned things such as 70 percent of yearling bucks will disperse miles from where they were born, and have better understood harvest rates of antlered and antlerless deer during the hunting seasons... 
 The study also looks at the impact deer have on forest regeneration, a phenomenon that has been studied for decades but now can be measured at a higher level of detail... their browsing in the forest understory often makes deer an easy target when it comes to assigning blame for lagging forest regeneration – even when other factors could be responsible.  The new study will help ensure that, in cases where deer aren’t responsible for lagging regeneration, they won’t be blamed for it.


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