Volunteers needed for deer capture December 5, 2012 Wisconsin

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Volunteers needed for deer captureDecember 5, 2012 WDNR News
Wisconsin wildlife researchers are moving into the third winter season of a five-year study into the causes of death in white-tailed deer, and they are again seeking volunteers ...A wealth of data have already been collected thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers who have helped with the capture and radio-collaring of adult deer during December and January, according to Mike Watt, the Department of Natural Resources research scientist who coordinates the project.

Volunteers are needed again and can sign up online by searching for “deer research” and clicking on the link for “wildlife and forestry research" and then selecting the “get involved” tab. or by contacting Mike Watt at 608-221-6376 or by email michael.watt@wisconsin.gov.

“For a hunter or for anyone interested in whitetail deer this is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside wildlife biologists and research scientists,” Watt said. “Volunteers are asked to give at a minimum a full day in the field checking traps, taking blood and parasite samples, performing ultrasound exams to see if the does are pregnant, installing radio collars and ear tags and releasing the animals. This is hands-on work with live animals and for most, is a once in a lifetime experience.”

There are two study areas, one in northwest Wisconsin in the vicinity of Winter and one in east central Wisconsin in the vicinity of Shiocton. They were chosen for the northern forest and farmland habitat types they represent. For more information on early research findings search the DNR website for “Wisconsin deer research news [PDF].”

Deer and elk researcher joins DNR staff December 5, 2012 WDNR News
Jared Duquette will join the Department of Natural Resources - Bureau of Science Services as DNR's deer and elk research scientist, taking over coordination and guidance of DNR’s ongoing multi-year deer research project into causes of death in white-tailed deer, fawn mortality and recruitment and deer population distance sampling techniques....

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