Fawn research continues to address survival concerns, with help of volunteers May 8, 2013 Wisconin

Wisconsin Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

... This past winter, hundreds of volunteers helped state wildlife researchers in capturing and placing radio collars on yearling and adult deer. Now researchers would like help locating and radio collaring newborn fawns during May and June.  “Most fawns are born during the last week of May and first week of June, which is a short time frame to meet our goal of getting radio collars on 80 fawns,” said Jared Duquette, Department of Natural Resources ungulate research ecologist.  “Mother deer do not make our job easy,” explains Duquette. “They typically hide their fawns in thick vegetation or in expansive grassy fields where the fawns are naturally camouflaged and remain motionless. We have to do a lot of walking to find them and rely on strength in numbers with our volunteers. It’s a lot of fun to find these little guys, and helps us get key information on fawn survival.” ...  A total of 212 fawns, including 144 (94 radio collared, 50 ear-tagged) in the Shiocton area and 68 (60 radio collared, eight ear-tagged) in the Winter area, were captured...


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