Deer Management News This Week

... deer herd exists on North Manitou Island but not on South Manitou Island, where coyotes (Canis latrans) and hares (Sylvilagus lepus) are the dominant medium mammals... Our investigation demonstrated that alternative hosts could maintain a local population of blacklegged ticks and an enzootic cycle of the Lyme disease bacterium in the absence of white-tailed deer...

... Biologists, who are also trained firearms experts from the US Department of Agriculture, will be hunting white-tailed deer ... The NPS has been reducing the deer population in Rock Creek Park since 2013 ...

... The first wild deer that tested positive for CWD in the 2020-21 season was a mature buck harvested in fall 2020 in Wyandot County. The second wild deer, a yearling doe, was taken from the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area refuge during a controlled hunt in January 2021...

... When Buck No. 140 decided to cross, he had quite a hurdle to overcome. The water was high, the current strong and the river was roughly a mile wide... "He kind of went to the river for a week or two before he decided to cross."...

...  the always fatal neurological disease has traveled to Beltrami County by virtue of commercial deer farming... the DNR is racing to build a fence around public land where the heavily infected deer farm dumped carcasse ...

Can Supplemental Feeding Increase Disease Risk? - June 10, 2021


2020 Testing Shows No Evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease in New Hampshire June 10, 2021, New Hampshire, NH Fish and Game Department
... New Hampshire’s monitoring program is part of a nationwide effort to stop the spread of CWD. Since the monitoring program began in 2002, some 7,402 deer have been tested in New Hampshire...

Study Urges Feds to Prioritize NV Wildlife Migration Corridors June 10, 2021 Nevada, Public News Service
... The mule deer population in Nevada has dropped 15% over the last decade - and now a new study is urging the feds to better protect migration corridors. Researchers from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership say new Global Positioning System technology has led to detailed migration maps..,

... "Colorado is now home to our first wolf litter since the 1940s," said Governor Jared Polis ... Coloradans narrowly voted last year in favor of a law to reintroduce the predator by 2023. A quarter of a million wolves once roamed from coast to coast before European settlers embarked on campaigns of eradication ..,

Oh, deer! Missouri buck makes record journey June 9, 2021 Fox2Now St. Louis
... Using GPS tracking of more than 600 deer in Missouri, researchers found one which traveled nearly 200 miles over a 22-day period.  The study was first published in March in Ecology and Evolution. The movements were tracked in November 2017, during hunting season...

DEC Releases Final Deer Management Plan June 9, 2021 New York, DEC News
... The plan, available at DEC's website, outlines strategies to manage deer populations across a range of abundance levels and diverse deer-related impacts, in rural, urban, and suburban areas. The plan enhances DEC programs that provide relief to landowners and the public experiencing deer damage and conflicts, seeks to protect New York's deer from the devastating potential of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) particularly in light of the recent announcement (leaves DEC's website) about a confirmed detection in bordering Warren County, Pennsylvania ...

... Of 96 female deer collared, 83 of them were pregnant does implanted with a telemetry device, known as a VIT. The device is paired with the doe’s collar and is expelled when the doe gives birth to a fawn. It also sends out a signal, allowing researchers to locate the birth site and ultimately locate the newborn fawns.  Currently, teams of biologists are in the field locating newborn fawns and outfitting them with their own collars, which are wirelessly connected to the doe’s collar..,

... The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will not be rehabbing or co-mingling fawns with other deer to avoid the potential of spreading chronic wasting disease – or other diseases – to new areas... fawning season also coincides with an increase in deer-vehicle collisions...

Fredericksburg.com
... Besides Virginia, eight other southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina) allow deer hunting with dogs. As part of the “Way Forward” study, VDGIF conducted a 2008 nationwide survey that showed 70 percent of states with deer-dog hunting reported serious problems between landowners and hound hunters (of any game)...

A Covid-Era Lesson on Making Roads Safer For Wildlife June 9, 2021 Bloomberg
... a recent study published in Biological Conservation, which found the number of deer, moose, coyotes, cougars and other large wild animals killed per day on state highways in California, Idaho, Maine and Washington fell 34% between mid-March and mid-April 2020, as driving fell 71%...

... The Minnesota Deer Farmers Association (MDFA) opposes the Minnesota Depemergency rule temporarily prohibiting the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state, effective through the end of July 2021.  Preventing and minimizing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease ...

Walz supports CWD measure to transfer oversight June 8, 2021 Minnesota, International Falls Journal
... Gov. Tim Walz Tuesday announced his support of a proposal to transfer state oversight of cervid farms from the Board of Animal Health to the Department of Natural Resources.  The move is one of many steps lawmakers are considering to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease ...

... Extensive research presented to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission said the state’s deer and turkey populations are in danger in some areas of the state.  It means fewer hunters ..,

Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners- Mule Deer Enhancement Program Oversight Committee Meeting This meeting was held Wednesday, June 2 over zoom.


Statewide deer harvest increases slightly in 2020 June 8, 2021 South Carolina, Post and Courier
... Results of this year’s survey indicate an estimated 18,919 coyotes were taken incidental to deer hunting. This figure represents a 9 percent decrease from 2019, continuing what seems to be a declining trend in coyote numbers in recent years. Additionally, approximately 28,043 wild hogs were killed by deer hunter ..,

The buck stops where? UNH research records longest-ever deer distance June 8, 2021 New Hampshire, Seacoastonline.com
... Researchers have discovered the longest distance ever recorded by an adult male white-tailed deer—300 kilometers, or close to 200 miles, in just over three weeks. The finding has important implications for population management and the transmission of disease, especially chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease...

... Resident big game deer hunting licenses will go from $14 to $15 for a total of $35 (including the basic resident hunting license). Texas’ combo is $22, Arkansas’ is $25,  Alabama is $28.20 and Florida’s is $32...

2020 Wisconsin CWD numbers June 5, 2021 Osceola Sun
... Almost 19,000 deer were tested for CWD in Wisconsin over the course of 2020. There were 1,578 CWD positive results. The southern farmland zone made up almost half of the sample size, with over 9,000 deer tested. But, they made up 98 percent of positive cases. Of the 1,578 CWD positive deer tested, 1,549 were from the southern farmland zone..,

... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced that 12 additional white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) as part of its ongoing investigation of a farm in Beltrami County. The DNR believes the situation at the Beltrami County deer farm significantly changes the risk assessment and concern about CWD in Minnesota...,

... We collected scat samples within Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge to determine food habits of Coyotes. Coyotes used prey differently between pre-fawning and fawning seasons and exhibited inverse consumption of White-tailed Deer and small mammals by season. Consumption of White-tailed Deer increased ∼27% from the pre-fawning to fawning seasons, whereas consumption of small mammals decreased ∼21% ..,

...“They’re getting food [in McCall] so there’s no need to [migrate],” ... If the ordinance goes through, Fish and Game plans to trap and relocate the healthy deer population. This is to acclimate the deer to a natural migration pattern...

WDFW confirms AHD in San Juan Islands deer June 3, 2021 Washington, wa.gov
... Wildlife managers confirmed a viral infection known as adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD) is affecting deer on the San Juan Islands this month... The disease is specific to members of the deer family and is not uncommon in other states, including Oregon where outbreaks occur every year. AHD was also found in British Columbia on the nearby Gulf Islands and on southern Vancouver Island during the fall of 2020..,

SCDNR announces 2020 deer harvest tally June 3, 2021 South Carolina, Berkeley Independent
... The harvest was comprised of an estimated ... a total harvest of 197,893 deer — up from the 193,073 estimated harvested in 2019 ... between 2002 and 2015, the deer population in the state trended down ... Since 2016, the state’s deer harvest has increased, possibly as a result of declining coyote densities  [read the report]..,

... “The Baggs Working Group includes a wide range of perspectives from Wyomingites with a deep connection to the Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor area,” ...

... hunters who submitted 3,637 teeth to the Whitetail Tooth Aging Program ... two does were found to be the oldest at 17 years old...  the oldest harvested buck ... was 10...

State board approves new hunting regulations June 2, 2021 Virginia, Fredericksburg.com
... Using drones to hunt, herd or drive an animal is prohibited; how long before an area could be hunted was the issue. The approved recommendation makes it illegal for a person to hunt or assist a hunter on the same calendar day that the drone was employed...

...  the Minnesota Deer Farmers Association (MDFA) said it opposes the emergency rule... a statewide ban on the movement of farmed white-tailed deer ... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health regulates the state’s 259 captive elk and deer herds. The agency says currently 174 farms have white-tailed deer ..,

Beltrami County Looks to Build Fence to Stop CWD Spread in Deer - June 2, 2021 Minnesota


... The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $4 million in grant funding for habitat projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming to conserve migration corridors and winter ranges for elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and other iconic wildlife...

... Two years ago the town's voters supported the adoption of a deer management plan that would use non-lethal means ... include relocating the deer or sterilizing the animals... The Division of Fish & Wildlife, however, rejected the town's application ...

... The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $4 million in grant funding for habitat projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming to conserve migration corridors and winter ranges for elk, mule deer, pronghorn and other iconic wildlife...

... breeders sold potentially infected animals to hundreds of buyers and released them on game ranches across the state... The state’s tracing effort has identified 267 sites that received deer from what have grown to five facilities with positive results — including 101 sites where deer bred in captivity were released...,

... chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...  We compared the disease phenotype of sheep-adapted CWD to classical scrapie in sheep. We inoculated sheep intracranially with brain homogenate from first-passage mule deer CWD in sheep ... Our data suggest that the phenotype of CWD in sheep is indistinguishable from some strains of scrapie in sheep ...

How Do Animals Safely Cross a Highway? Take a Look. May 31, 2021 The New York Times
... “It felt like we finally found something that works,”  ... A wide variety of animals were using the overpass, often without hesitation. Within the first several months of her study, she documented hundreds of crossings.  There were moose, deer, black bears, mountain lions, porcupines and more...

...This herd unit has one of the highest prevalence rates of CWD in the state and any management actions taken will be done with public buy-in and participation ...






The 2020 Deer Hunting Season Forecast August 12, 2020 Outdoor Life

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Deer in the News

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 found Harley, the dog, swimming alongside a baby deer in a lake close to his home... a few days later ... they touched noses and sniffed each other...

... One clue to watch for are curled ears... “If the ears are curling like a flower that’s about to wilt, that means it’s dehydrated, and something possibly happened to the mother,” ... Another sign of danger are clusters of ticks around the eyes. That could mean blindness...

Homeowner, firefighter rally to help doe with foot stuck in toy June 11, 2021 Florida, WJXT News4JAX
... called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “Unfortunately, they were not very helpful,” she said. “They said she was still mobile (so) there was nothing they could do.” ... with the fire department ... They plan to attempt the rescue ...

Group works to prevent deer deaths June 7, 2021 California, Local News 8
... wrought iron fencing with spikes for home protection, it’s not useful when trying to keep humans out, and it usually ends up hurting wildlife and children.  Getting caught in fencing is the second deadliest cause of deer deaths ...
... No deer survives being impaled,” said Dave Cook, a fawn rehabber with Sierra Wildlife Rescue.  Many of the babies Cook helps have been orphaned after their mom tried to jump over a spiked fence but didn’t make it all the way... immediately impaled and then kicks and screams and rips its stomach open ...

Trapped and impaled with no chance of survival, dozens of deer are being killed by a common type of backyard fencing in the Sacramento region every year. - June 8, 2021 California


... newborn fawn is designed with a few survival tools built in – it is born without scent to avoid predators and its spots are cryptic camouflage that emulates the sunlight spots on the leaf litter in the timber. It will lay motionless to avoid detection and may remain in the area for up to two weeks all while under the care of the doe...

... posted a TikTok of himself helping two newborn fawns cross a rural street ...  has received more than 10 million views and 2 million likes ...

... A mule deer doe got herself stuck in a mud pit in a field near McCammon.  She was rescued by Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll and teen Cole Gunter both of McCammon...

A deer made quite the commotion Friday in Boston’s North End before it was captured by wildlife officials. - June 4, 2021 Massachusetts


... comments by Wednesday had been shared on social media more than 12,000 times.  Angry and bewildered commenters said they felt the hunter was "complete evil" and "a disgrace" for killing such a rare animal that was known to by local residents ...
    Michigan DNR seeking tips following killing of albino deer downstate June 1, 2021 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... the deer was shot by a crossbow ...  laying at the edge of someone’s yard, along North Bass Lake Road ... in Lake County...

Reward offered in arrest of suspect accused of killing albino deer - June 2, 2021 Michigan


... most of these fawns are not abandoned ... the mother deer gives birth and for the next five to seven days, the fawn is incapable of following the mother, so it is natural for the fawn to lie in a curled ‘freeze’ position on the ground hidden in grass or sparse brush...

A peek at the life of Blossom, a rescued fawn. Read the true adventure story in Blossom - The Wild Ambassador of Tewksbury, by Anna Carner. - June 1, 2021


... a baby deer was stuck in a sewer grate ... mom stood nearby to watch the rescue, and the two were soon reunited...

... For the first month of their lives, fawns remain hidden among vegetation and rarely move more than 30 feet from their birthplace. Their greatest protection is the ability to lie still and remain unseen by predators.  The mother normally feeds nearby and returns at intervals ...

... Wolves don't ambush prey the way cougars do. They are what are called "coursing" predators, flowing like a river over the land, running animals to exhaustion ... It is no accident that wolf pups are born the same time elk and deer birth their young — creating food for the growing wolf pack...

Mama elk fights off bear attacking her newborn May 27, 2021 Arizona, OutThere Colorado
... The cow elk delivers a swift kick to the bear after it attacks her newborn nestled under a tree branch. The bear swipes at the calf who can be heard screaming out for its mother's help...

... 
stunning images of the deer swimming almost farther than they can see and coming back to land to trot along the beachfront ...

 Deer wearing dog collar found in Utah May 14, 2021 abc4.com
... Once the deer was tranquilized, they were able to remove a dog collar someone placed around his neck... There’s a good chance the buck would have died this fall ...

Video of dog and deer’s unique friendship is winning hearts - May 14, 2021


Deer are now preparing their coats for summer May 13, 2021 Indiana, WTHITV.com
... Recently, residents have spotted deer with hair coats that look patchy and dingy...  it's fine.  Each spring and fall, deer begin their molting process. That's when they shed their current coat for the next season...

Deer at Seaside Cove, Oregon - May 12, 2021


... "May and June mark the birthing period for deer and moose,” ... The warning comes after three people were injured when a car struck and killed a moose earlier this month...

Moose spotted on UCONN campus in Storrs May 10, 2021 Connecticut Post
...the moose was “walking along Route 195, which is the main state highway that goes through campus,” so it was likely seen by many onlookers...

A documentary about the breathtaking scenery and sounds of its Natural habitat, Enter the domain of the Whitetailed Deer for facinating looks at its life cycle. - May 6, 2021


Marylanders Reminded to Leave Deer Wild April 29, 2021 Maryland DNR News
...  inquisitive fawns will sometimes explore new surroundings and may appear to be lost or orphaned. There is usually no need for human intervention since in most cases, the doe is nearby foraging and will return to nurse her fawn when it is safe..,

CROW is treating a white-tailed deer fawn that was found on the side of the road in LaBelle. - May 6, 2021


Leave that fawn alone, mom is probably nearby April 19, 2021 South Carolina, Berkeley Independent
... the fawn is better protected away from the doe at this age, as the doe is a more visible target for predators... If you notice a dead doe near the fawn, please call a wildlife rehabilitator...

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