DNR using car kill assessments, research, and winter severity index to help gauge winter's effects on Wisconsin deer April 15, 2014 Wisconsin

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... DNR wildlife staff are making extra efforts this spring to find and examine deer that have been struck by a vehicle. These general health assessments are trying to look at the overall health of the deer. Wildlife staff will be looking at fat levels at numerous parts of the body as well as checking for pregnancy. With a goal of ten assessments per county, the department hopes to gain a broad view of how winter impacts deer on a large scale.
    "A statewide effort to monitor body condition will give us a better sense of just how strongly this winter has impacted deer populations," said DNR Science Services research scientist Daniel Storm. "The county by county information will help us understand where the impacts of this winter were most severe.  The department is also paying close attention to the survival rates of over 200 radio-collared deer that are part of a four year deer research project...


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