Deer dispersal and chronic wasting disease: Penn State study sheds some light March 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

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... In his four-year study, Diefenbach, adjunct associate professor of wildlife ecology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences ... documented deer dispersal behavior that provides insight into how far and how fast CWD could spread among wild deer. "We learned that 70 percent of yearling males will disperse, and the average dispersal is six to seven miles ... Depending on the amount of forest on the landscape, those yearling males may go just a mile or as far as 30 miles."  In Pennsylvania, few young female deer disperse, Diefenbach noted, but when they do, they usually go farther than the males -- some much farther...

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