Deer Management News This Week

DNR to recommend 8% increase in antlerless harvest quota May 20, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The state's deer herd has been increasing after three consecutive mild winters and several years of "buck only" rules in parts of northern Wisconsin ... Last year hunters killed 316,774 deer ...  159,824 antlerless and 156,920 bucks... Wisconsin hunters have not killed more than 203,000 antlerless deer in a year since 2008 ..,

Bill would lift ban on Sunday hunting May 20, 2017 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger
... t the bill would expand the authority of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to allow Sunday bow hunting as it sees fit... could be limited to only certain areas or it could be allowed statewide...

Wolf predation on wild ungulates: how slope and habitat cover influence the localization of kill sites  E Torretta, L Caviglia, M Serafini, A Meriggi - Current Zoology, 2017
... Prey are more vulnerable to predators under certain conditions and predators are capable of selecting for these conditions. Wolves achieved this by selecting particular habitats in which to kill their prey: they preferred steep, open habitats far from human presence, where wild ungulates are more easily detectable and chasable...

... Biologists have expected winter ticks eventually will come to Alaska but hadn’t thought they’d come this soon. The state is home to other species of ticks... Winter ticks are particularly harmful to moose and are blamed for major moose die-offs in New Hampshire...

Tough decisions lie ahead for PAGC regarding deer May 19, 2017 Pennsylvania, Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
... With Chronic Wasting Disease creeping eastward in southern Pennsylvania, deer hunters in WMU5A will also be adhering to restrictions... Concern for the herd is heightened by the additional fact that three more animals on deer farms tested positive for CWD in late 2016 and early 2017 in Bedford, Fulton and Franklin counties...

Elk antlers lure nationwide bidders to annual auction May 18, 2017 Wyoming, Idaho State Journal
...  nearly 6 tons of elk antlers await bidders Saturday morning during the 50th annual Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction... Last year, 11,512 pounds of antlers fetched $175,397...

WSU researchers called upon to solve hoof rot dillemma May 18, 2017 Washington, Longview Daily News
... although they have done some analysis of hoof rot samples from 2009-13, they are still trying to discover what the exact catalyst for the disease might be...  even if they eventually find what’s causing hoof rot in native elk, implementing a solution is no easy task ...

4 more farmed white-tailed deer with CWD May 18, 2017 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... from a Meeker County herd with ties to a Crow Wing County deer farm in Merrifield... This herd was part of an investigation initiated with a CWD infected, farmed deer herd found in Crow Wing County late last year...

... House Bill 4424 would increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan to a fine between $500 and $2,000. The bill would exempt the hides, deboned meat, finished taxidermy products, cleaned teeth, antlers or antlers attached to a skullcap cleaned of brain and muscle tissue from this penalty...

DFW weighs expanded antlerless deer permits May 17, 2017 New Hampshire,    
The Manchester Journal
... "We are recommending an increase in muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits this year to account for the increase in the deer population following another mild winter in 2017, ... The proposal follows two mild winters, which experts predict will result in an approximate 7 percent increase in Vermont's deer population..,

DEC Announces 2016 Deer Harvest Estimates May 17, 2017 New York, DEC News
... Hunters in New York State harvested an estimated 213,061 deer during the 2016-17 hunting seasons, an estimated five percent increase over 2015-16 ...  106,055 antlerless deer and 107,006 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 7.5-percent increase in buck harvest from 2015, reflecting modest population growth following the losses experienced during the harsh winter of 2014-15... [full report]

... Assembly Bill 298 would pave the way for massive groundwater export projects that would harm desert water ... “Deer, elk, bighorn sheep ... all rely on sustainable flows from Nevada’s springs and wetlands,” ... the intent of this bill is to facilitate groundwater export by the Southern Nevada Water Authority ...

101 big-game animals died of yew poisoning last winter in Idaho but some oppose ban May 16, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... Representatives of Idaho’s nursery businesses and weed control superintendents united Tuesday to fight a potential rule to ban toxic landscaping yews in Idaho, while citizens concerned about the deaths of 101 big-game animals said that education won’t be enough ...

Effects of human state park visitation rates on escape behavior of white-tailed deer NM Sutton, EJ Heske - Human–Wildlife Interactions, 2017, Illinois
... The buffer distances were higher in a high-visitation park and lower in a low-visitation park. Other social (sex, group size, presence of juveniles) and environmental (cover, weather, season) variables that might aff ect escape behavior did not account for the relationships with park attendance. These results suggest that deer within state parks either habituate to human activity or spatially segregate based on personality (e.g., degree of shyness or boldness). Based on our fi ndings, high levels of human visitation in parks can have a signifi cant impact on the behavior of local wildlife...

Texas tallies 50th CWD case May 15, 2017 San Antonio Express-News
... A white-tail deer bred in Medina County has been diagnosed with chronic wasting disease, state officials announced Monday, marking the 50th case of the neurological disorder identified in Texas since it first surfaced here in 2012...
Disease spreads in Franklin County deer May 15, 2017 Pennsylvania, Chambersburg Public Opinion
... The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to expand the disease management area in Franklin County after finding chronic wasting disease in wild deer and on deer farms ... 

     The Pennsylvania Game Commission tested 5,707 deer and 110 elk for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) during 2016.  Twenty-five wild deer tested positive for CWD. All of the wild CWD-positive deer were in or near Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild. These 25 deer more than doubled the number of CWD-positive deer detected in DMA 2 from 2012 to 2015 ...

... More than 50 hunters from a variety of organizations spoke in favor of APRs during the Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting ... The DNR is proposing to expand APRs to their tuberculosis management area ... not proposing to expand APRs statewide...

Jurisdictions struggle over how many deer are enough May 15, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... deer densities ... Shawn Riley, who teaches human dimensions of wildlife management at Michigan State University, said ...“There is no magic number that I can tell you or anyone else can tell you is right for a community ... Citizens living right next door will disagree on whether there are too many or too few.” ... a lack of deer fetuses may be nature’s way of adapting to circumstances ...

Predator study to proceed after judge rejects injunction May 14, 2017 Colorado, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... A judge has declined to suspend Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s killing of bears and lions in a mule deer study while a lawsuit challenging the project plays out... The agency also is planning a three-phase, nine-year study involving manipulating lion counts ...

PGC's new leader has big plans for agency May 14, 2017 Pennsylvania, Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
...  Deer remains at the forefront of all wildlife issues facing the agency ... The goal is to bring deer in line with the habitat... some hunters saying they’re not seeing enough deer ... chronic wasting disease in the state? Burhans: It’s very serious...

...  special shotgun hunt for three years did little to thin the whitetail herd... the Lyme disease problem ... “It’s not going to help shooting all the deer. It’s not going to get rid of it,” ... “Then you have all the birds and small animals who carry the ticks.” [research] ...

Elk and deer herds in jeopardy decades after chronic wasting disease was discovered May 13, 2017 WyomingCasper Star-Tribune Online
... New models are showing that in the long term, mule deer numbers, particularly in central Wyoming, could plummet. Instead of raging through like an ancient plague, the disease kills slowly, taking years or even a decade, and spreading in ways no one quite understands... these female elk ...  have rare genetics, which might just prolong their lives...

2016-2017 NJ Deer kill numbers are out May 12, 2017 New Jersey, njwoodsandwater.com
... ~20% rebound in kills from the prior year's Acorn Apocalypse... The antlered kill was the highest in 7 years ... Ignoring last year, the doe tally was the lowest in 22 years, despite the healthy buck tally... archery kills are increasing while gun kills continue to decrease... see the data ..,

Shed Antler Hunting Brings In Big Bucks (Both Kinds) May 12, 2017 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... Purser says he wishes Wyoming would just sell an antler hunting permit and put an end to the craziness of opening night. And it is crazy. Two years ago, a boat capsized and a horse was killed crossing the Gros Ventre River on opening night...

DNR proposes deer regulations to Natural Resource Commission, antler restrictions May 12, 2017 MIchigan, UpNorthLive.com
... “The three-point antler restriction was put in place and we were at the point where we have done the re-survey of that area and it achieved 76 percent survey approval," said Autenrieth. "So we are moving forward to recommend that that be permanently in place." ...

“Save Our Deer” Proposal Gains Support May 12, 2017 Wisconsin, urbanmilwaukee 
...  George Meyer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation urged legislators to co-sponsor the “Save Our Deer” Act ... to slow the spread of CWD ...  deer farmers association urging legislators to not sign on to the bill... 387 deer farms in this state ...

Proposal to cut deer license to be finalized in June May 11, 2017 South Dakota, Kotatv
...hunter success can be tied into deer population and what they discovered changed the limit of licenses for the state. “We saw a decrease in deer recruitment last year, we saw some lower harvest rates and some areas we had some substantial winter losses,” ...

Wildlife officials, lawmakers fight deer-killing disease, CWD May 11, 2017 MIchigan, Traverse City Record-Eagle
...  bill would increase Michigan’s fine for importing deer carcasses or parts into the state, from the current range of $50 - $500 to a new range of $500 - $2,000. The goals of the increased penalty are both to reduce the likelihood that chronic wasting disease will spread among Michigan deer ...

As the snowlines receed up the mountain, the mule deer does begin to undergo an amazing tranformation that happens every spring... FAWNS is the fourth in our #PROJECTMULEDEER series presented by the Mule Deer Foundation and highlights the new life of Mule Deer across the West. From what the does need to insure a successful birth, to critical fawning grounds, you will learn not only what the Mule Deer need to survive, but thrive in todays fast paced and ever changing world! - May 11, 2017


Habitat Montana restored through teamwork May 10, 2017 Montana Standard
... Habitat Montana ... With over 600,000 acres of conservation easements and fee-title lands owned by the people of Montana, the program has helped conserve areas vital for the continued abundance of elk, deer and hundreds of other species that need a place to call home during the stressful winter months as well as year round...

Wyoming's War on Wolves May 10, 2017 JSTOR Daily
... Multiple scientists have also challenged ideas about wolves’ positive impact on Wyoming ecosystems. In a 2009 study, the ecologists Scott Creel and David Christianson contend that elk’s reduced consumption of willow trees “was more strongly affected by snow conditions than by the presence of wolves.” The scientists Matthew Kauffman, Jedediah Brodie, and Erik Jules also refute the notion that wolves played a central role in helping Yellowstone aspen trees to recover in their 2010 article. That study also concludes that “aspen are not currently recovering ...

History of Missouri wildlife May 10, 2017 The News
... "The last great concentration of elk was wiped out by market hunting Indians in Polk County in 1841," ... From 1870 to 1900 ...  the population of deer and turkey was almost wiped out in a short period of time... Deer twindled down to approximately 2,500 animals statewide by 1935 ..,

How To Manage Deer at C&O Canal Park May 10, 2017 West Virginia, Virginia Connection Newspapers
...  hiring sharpshooters to cull deer populations, limited capture and euthanasia and use of reproductive controls. Effective “reproductive controls,” deer birth control, has not yet been found, according to staff at the meeting. [see effective controls examples] ... Public comments will be accepted until May 16 at parkpanning.nps.gov C&O Canal NHP and Harpers Ferry NHP Deer Management Plan and EA select Public Comment...

... sika deer were introduced to Maryland in the early 1900s when Clement Henry released five or six deer on James Island... the deer originated in Japan ... an estimated 12,000 today ... sika deer are mostly digestive, as sika are more grazers—able to eat a wider array of food than the white-tailed deer ...

... Game and Fish said a fence is probably the best way to keep them out of yards, but suggest growing garlic to keep them out of gardens...

DNR deer predator study pleased with first-year efforts May 8, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... To date, five positive CWD samples have been returned with researchers waiting on more results. Deer testing positive for CWD will be left on the landscape and monitored to determine a number of factors...

Fewer deer hunting licenses likely for next two seasons May 7, 2017 South Dakota, The Capital Journal
... wants to cut the number of deer hunting licenses and tags available to the state’s hunters for the next two years by 10,500 from the number of licenses available in 2016... Last year only about 44 percent of East River deer hunters were successful ..,

Deer control and roadkills May 7, 2017 Oregon, Hasso Hering
... Senate Bill 373-A would authorize the state wildlife department to kill deer in cities that ask for deer control ...  SB 372, which would allow people who hit and kill wildlife with a vehicle to salvage the animal and use the meat. If a deer is injured and incapacitated in a collision, the bill would authorize someone to "put it out of its misery," ...

CWD didn't prevent an excellent deer season May 7, 2017 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... In 2016-2017, hunters killed 202,070 deer in Arkansas.  ... Even in the CWD "hot zone" of Newton County, deer hunters went about their business as usual. Most declined a free opportunity to have their deer sampled for CWD, which suggests that they were not worried about it...

Threat of moose-killing tick infestation looms as far-north climate warms May 6, 2017 Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News
... the winter tick, is spreading north and west as winters become shorter and now is knocking at Alaska's border... has already devastated moose populations in New England and the upper Midwest, has been confirmed in Canada's Yukon Territory and in the Northwest Territories ...

Wild hogs: Reservoirs of disease May 6, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection ...  Not only are wild hogs shedding the disease, they seem to be doing a lot of it. ...   "Multiple animals can get it including deer and humans. ... of leptospirosis in Mississippi wild hogs could be negatively impacting deer density in some areas ...






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Deer abuser gets jail time May 19, 2017 Washington, Whidbey News-Times 
... man who broke a fawn’s pelvis with his bare hands and shot a doe with a pellet gun is serving time in Island County jail...

Fawn season! Admire from afar, mom is near May 16, 2017 Wisconsin, WDNR News
... "It is normal for deer mothers to leave their fawns unattended because keeping fawns hidden and alone is actually an adaptation to protect them from predators ... well-meaning people discover fawns alone, mistakenly believe they are in trouble and take unneeded action that may harm the animal ...

Peoria man was at his mother's house to celebrate the holiday, when their family wound up rescuing what they estimate was a newborn fawn. Julie Foster says she heard a noise Sunday, but initially thought it was a bird. Then, they noticed a mother deer hanging around the house. And as they got closer they quickly realized mom was close by for a reason, there was a fawn stuck in Foster's window well. - May 17, 2017, Illinois


  Officers rescue baby deer from hole in the ground at Trenton home May 16, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... found the deer, crying and weak, in a hole from which the mother was unlikely to pull her from ...

6 Deer Species That Are Kept as Pets May 12, 2017 pethelpful.com
... Deer can actually make wonderful pets with the right owners. When they are raised by humans and socialized with humans, they are not "wild animals." ...  one small species, the muntjac deer, that can be kept as a house pet ...

... The same pack of coyotes that killed a deer Monday morning in an Iredell County man’s front yard turned its attention next to his two dogs, killing one of them in less than a minute ...

...  posted a video showing him petting and scratching the deer. The little guy even nuzzles right up against him for the perfect “selfie” shot at about one minute in...

A deer that showed up to befriend a group of hunters is a regular at a Hendricks County family's home. Category


Moving, helping deer fawns does more harm than good May 9, 2017 Minnesota, fox9.com
... DNR is offering the following tips for what to do if you find fawns in the wild ... Deer and moose nurse their young at different times during the day, and often leave their young alone for long periods of time...

... A fawn’s spots are excellent camouflage and will help it stay hidden from predators. In addition to being hidden by its mother and having its own spotted camouflage, fawns have another adaptation to help them survive – they are virtually odorless when they are young... 

... The state seized the images last month as part of an anti-poaching operation. They show dozens of animals illegally killed ... The men involved filmed themselves in the violent acts... photos show deer whose heads were taken, but their meat left to rot in fields...

The search for shed antlers has become a popular pastime April 30, 2017 Maine, Press Herald
... Shed hunters are outdoorsmen and women who immerse themselves in the quiet of the woods in winter and spring to look for the antlers shed by moose and deer... Antlers have long been used as handles, tools and decorations...

... the botulism illnesses may be connected with drinking deer antler tea obtained in March...

   N.C. officer helps deer with leg stuck in fence April 24, 2017 North Carolina, 
KHOU
... Heavy rain and mud caused this deer to get her foot stuck in a fence. Officer Cruise was able to cut some limbs to free her!..

Four deer die off Route 219 bridge near Meyersdale April 22, 2017 Pennsylvania, Daily American Online
... a bridge being built for the new section of Route 219  ...  "Anytime something changes their course of pattern," he said incidents like this can happen...

Trooper Gets Selfie With Deer April 19, 2017 Kentucky, LEX18 Lexington KY News
... responded to the call and noticed that children were petting the friendly animal... couldn't resist taking a selfie with the deer...  helped the animal find its way back into the woods ...

... AZGFD wildlife managers had received a tip that a deer fawn was being kept inside a single-wide home and yard with three dogs.   While being watched by the wildlife managers, the residents were seen placing the deer in their vehicle and leaving the home...

Deer assisted fly fishing. - April 15, 2017


  
  Protecting America’s Smallest Deer April 14, 2017 Florida, medium.com
...When Key deer were listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1967, there were fewer than 50 remaining in the wild...  Today there is a sustainable population of 800 -1,000 Key deer ...

New Jersey Frozen Deer April 4, 2017 Amigo-play
... This newest online game is based on the real incident happened in New Jersey. A deer is trapped in a frozen lake. This place is fully surrounded by ice water [click link above to play]


Second Suspect Turns Himself In For Deer Burning March 31, 2017 New York, inkfreenews.com
... struck the deer... It is believed the parties poured gasoline on the deer, set it on fire and left the area ...
...  the case of a deer found in February that had been set on fire while it was still alive... arrested on a count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, which is a felony ...

... Baker and his family had been caring for the deer since it was a fawn ... Baker was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries ... Baker's wife shot the deer ...

Investigation continues into deer set on fire March 23, 2017 Indiana, Greensburg Daily News
...  sheriff's deputies who responded reported the deer was still alive upon their arrival before it was put down at the scene. Accelerant is suspected to have been poured on the animal ...
     PETA offers reward to help solve burned deer case March 22, 2017 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... up to $5,000 to anyone ... for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those believed to have set a deer on fire after striking it with a vehicle last month in Fulton County...

... it is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected by nearby predators. While fawns may seem abandoned, they rarely are...

Black River Falls firefighters rescue deer trapped on ice March 21, 2017 Wisconsin, News8000.com - WKBT
... Rescue crews located the whitetail deer about 300 yards from the boat landing, partially submerged and unable to get to land...

... was seen running in the pharmacy section ... able to safely release the uninjured deer back into the woods...