Deer Management News

Deer epigenetics May 24, 2024 Louisiana Sportsman

... the biggest and best deer follow genetics that are more than one or two generations deep in their bloodline.  Recent research has shown that deer are more than just a product of what they eat. They’re also a product of what their parents and grandparents ate as well as their genetics... More information on epigenetics


Captive Hunting on Track to Be Banned May 24, 2024 Rhode Island,  ecoRI News

...  a statewide prohibition on the practice is on the verge of becoming law. Identical bans (S2732A/H7294A) were introduced in the House and Senate earlier this year... On Thursday the House approved its version of the bill by a vote of 69-0...


More deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease last year May 23, 2024 Wisconsin, WPR

...In 2023, the agency sampled 17,329 deer for the disease ... results showed 1,586 deer tested positive.  “The majority of them are in that southern farmland zone and more specifically in that southwest part of Wisconsin,” ..,


Green River man pleads guilty to deer shootings in local neighborhood May 23, 2024 Wyoming News

... sentenced in the Sweetwater County Circuit Court to 15 days in jail for five counts of wanton destruction of a big game animal ... Over five years, at least five deer were shot and killed in the area ...


Oneonta, City making progress on deer management plan May 22, 2024 New York, The Daily Star

... the city is making progress on a deer management plan, which includes fencing off food sources and seeking a permit to hunt around the city reservoir...  samples of plants that deer don’t like to eat for residents to see... 


Culling efforts wrap up May 22, 2024 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

... Targeted culling is a management action used to slow the spread of CWD where it is known to exist. The Minnesota DNR does not cull deer across a broad area; all efforts are focused within 2 miles of a known positive location...CWD test results can be found on the DNR website.


Messengers of the gods: Nara’s ‘sacred’ deer at a conservation crossroads May 22, 2024 Japan, Mongabay

... the same researchers who revealed the sacred deer’s genetic distinction have discovered the protected deer are venturing outside the sanctuary and breeding with outside populations. They worry that “ordinary” deer may soon enter the protected area, potentially bringing infectious diseases with them...


Parks Canada deer hunt project to cost taxpayers $12 million May 22, 2024 British Columbia, Newsroom

... Parks Canada has earmarked $12 million for its controversial plan to eradicate a deer species and restore native vegetation on a tiny island in British Columbia ... Foreign sharpshooters armed with restricted semi-automatic rifles hunted the deer during phase one of the operations... a hit to taxpayers of $10,000 a head...


First yellow deer born in natural habitat May 22, 2024 Iran, Tehran Times

... Almost half a century ago, it was thought that the yellow deer species was extinct in the world. However, about 50 years ago, four yellow deer were observed in Dez and Karkheh forests. They were released in different regions of Iran for better reproduction...


It's official, wolverines will be reintroduced in Colorado May 21, 2024, 98.5 KYGO

... Wolverines are a native species to Colorado, but the last wolverine confirmed in Colorado was in 2009: a male that traveled from the Tetons in Wyoming to central Colorado, then to North Dakota, where it was shot... Wolverines will occasionally eat deer...


Chronic wasting disease detected in 13.9% of Wyoming big game animals tested May 21, 2024 Wyoming Game and Fish

... The number of samples submitted and tested in 2023 has dropped slightly from previous years. In 2022, 5,875 samples were submitted, a decline compared to 2021, when 6,884 samples were submitted. The percentage of samples that tested positive in 2023 was 13.9%, which remained similar to 2022, when 14.1% of samples tested positive. The proportion of positive samples in 2023 was slightly higher than in 2021, in which 12.2% of samples tested were positive...


Montana Raises Record Funds for a Coveted Mule Deer Tag — Through a Public Raffle May 21, 2024 Yahoo

...  it raised a record $56,620 for mule deer conservation by raffling a single statewide deer tag... 


A Hutchinson deer sanctuary might be forced to close its doors after 60 years May 20, 2024 Minnesota, CBS News

... But due to a new law, Gopher Campfire Wildlife Sanctuary is now required to build a second fence around the perimeter, to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease...  the sanctuary is run by volunteers and supported by donations. So there's no guarantee organizers will come up with the money they need...


The Dworshak Elk Working Group and its members May 20, 2024 Idaho Fish and Game

... The Dworshak Zone has seen elk population declines and varying public opinions were provided to staff during the public comment period on how elk should be managed in this zone. Fish and Game saw this interest and are responding by organizing a working group to address the future of elk management in the Dworshak zone...


Bill would help prevent collisions with wildlife by providing them a pathway across New York May 20, 2024, Spectrum News

... The New York State Department of Transportation estimates there are 65,000 deer-vehicle collisions every year...  If the bill is signed, it would direct state transportation agencies to identify wildlife crossing opportunities... [Video below]

Maryland Governor Signs Law Creating Individual Income Tax Credit for Hunting, Harvesting Antlerless Deer  May 20, 2024 Bloomberg Tax

... an income tax credit for individuals who hunt and harvest antlerless deer and donate the processed venison meat to certain 501(c)(3) organizations... a maximum annual credit of $300 per individual ...


Michigan bovine TB-positive deer prompt cattle testing May 20, 2024 Markets

... Because of the detection of bovine tuberculosis in wild deer from Benzie, Crawford and Otsego counties during the 2023 deer hunting season, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has designated two bovine TB testing areas...


Maine's wolf history is still a hot topic May 19, 2024 Piscataquis Observer

... Wolves were commonplace when settlers first came to Maine. Naturalists assert that there were two species of wolves, the smaller “deer wolf” that preyed on deer in coastal Maine and a larger species of gray wolf that preyed on moose and caribou in northern Maine... When these wolves were killed off around the turn of the century a “predator void” was left. In time, our present day coyote migrated eastward and filled the niche ..,


ND deer gun lottery application deadline approaching; fewer tags available May 18, 2024 North Dakota, Fargo KVLY-TV on MSN.com

... Deer gun hunters will have fewer opportunities to harvest a deer in 2024, and that’s because of extreme conditions during the winter of 2022-23, and little or no fawn production last spring... the population hasn’t bounced back after that bad winter...


Michigan's whitetail harvest, hunters both increase in '23 May 18, 2024 Outdoor News

... Michigan deer hunters combined to kill an estimated 347,008 whitetails this past season, which was 2% greater than 2022 (339,189) ... 


DWR opens public comment period over hunting hounds on May 22 May 18, 2024 Virginia, Yahoo

...  a proposal to require hunters to use a GPS collar for any dog used in deer or bear hunting if the animal is not restrained...  proposal would require a hunter to exercise ‘reasonable efforts’ to prevent their dog from entering a landowner’s property ...


Westchester Village Urged to Use Humane, Non-lethal Deer and Wildlife Management May 17, 2024 New York, yonkerstimes

... Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW) is urging the Village of Irvington to avoid a proposed deer slaughter, in favor of humane, non-lethal considerations.  The village of Irvington in Westchester County is proposing a bow hunt ...


Washington Supreme Court overturns 1927 Yakama Nation hunting case May 17, 2024 KIMA

...  a citizen in the Yakama Nation and was in Kittitas County hunting for deer in 1924 under the presumption he was allowed to do so.  Kittitas County Superior Court told him he was not and charged him with illegal hunting... conclusion of the case opinion released ...


Study suggests chronic wasting disease unlikely to move from animals to people May 17, 2024 Medical Xpress on MSN

...  from National Institutes of Health scientists and published in Emerging Infectious Diseases ... suggests there is a substantial species barrier preventing transmission of chronic wasting disease (CWD) from cervids—deer, elk and moose—to people...


A private club wanted to import big game to RI. The state may ban captive hunting instead.  May 17, 2024 Rhode Island, Yahoo, The Providence Journal

... bills seeking to ban captive hunting in Rhode Island are gaining momentum... Among the chief concerns is that imported elk could be carrying Chronic Wasting Disease ...


Changes proposed for 2024-25 Mississippi deer seasons May 17, 2024 The Clarion-Ledger

... in the Southeast Deer Management Unit from two antlerless deer to three antlerless deer per year ...  lower soil quality limits the amount of deer the area can produce and support, but the population appears to be growing..,


Human development across the Inland Northwest threatening wildlife habitats May 16, 2024 Washington, KREM

... Humans are encroaching on native deer's natural habitat... their population is decreasing... An increase in highway infrastructure has played a big role in the destruction of natural habitat...  "There's research showing that subspecies are being created, because the genetics aren't being mixed anymore." ..,


Hunters in NY took fewer deer last season; steep decrease in antlerless harvest 'concerning'  May 16, 2024 New York, syracuse.com

...  a 3.6 percent decrease in antlered buck harvest statewide, and a steep 15.6 percent decrease in antlerless deer... In some areas of the state, however, hunters simply aren’t shooting enough antlerless deer to manage deer populations effectively, DEC said...


North American Wildlife Agency CWD Testing and Ancillary Data (2000 – 2022)  2024 ecommons.cornell.edu

     The North American Wildlife Agency CWD Testing and Ancillary Data (2000-2022) dataset (“Dataset”) represents epidemiological, population, ecological, and anthropogenic data related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in 16 US states (“Administrative Areas”) in North America...


WVU researchers working to protect West Virginia’s elk herd May 16, 2024 West Virginia, The Register-Herald

... In 2016, elk were reintroduced to West Virginia from existing populations in Kentucky and Arizona... “Genetic diversity has really important implications about the future sustainability of these populations,” ...  to identify individuals or groups that would be a good fit for future relocations ...


Protective Effect of Deer Heart Peptide on Cardiac Injury in Mice. 2024 - International Journal of Inflamation

... Significant improvement in myocardial disorders by deer heart peptide could be observed from heart tissue sections. The present study emphasizes the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of deer heart peptide, an enzymatic digest of deer heart ...


Local hunters group advocating for banning captive hunting in Rhode Island May 15, 2024 Rhode Island, RIPR: The Public's Radio

... The Preserve Sporting Club in Richmond has tried in the past to legalize big game hunting ... we have undertaken an effort to address the desire to open this industry and really to change the law in the other direction and prohibit the establishment of captive hunting facilities and the importation of wildlife for that purpose...


Parasitic worm likely playing role in decline of moose populations May 15, 2024 Washington State University

...  in Idaho between March 2020 and July 2022. While the parasitic roundworm E. schneideri was not detected in any of the animals found in north Idaho, it was present in 10 of the 20 adult moose studied in the southeastern portion of the state...


Hunters and states snubbed: Peltola sides with feds by voting against bill to delist gray wolf May 14, 2024 Alaska, Must Read Alaska

...  House Resolution 764 ...gives individual states and their wildlife management agencies the right to manage gray wolf populations within their borders... Alaska is home to an estimated 7,000-11,000 wolves and is the only state in which wolves were never included on the Endangered Species List...


New York Senate, Assembly pass Wildlife Crossings Act May 14, 2024 The Daily Gazette

... The act will require that the state Department of Transportation examines roadways for “potential wildlife crossings to improve wildlife habitat connectivity, reduce wildlife vehicle collisions, and increase public safety,” ...


The 2024 Nebraska Deer Forecast May 14, 2024 OutdoorNebraska Big Game Guide

... Deer populations and harvests have declined in recent years.  In 2023, statewide mule deer buck harvest was the lowest since 1977 and whitetail buck harvest was the lowest since 1994..,


Mississippi State experts address CWD potential risk in humans May 14, 2024 WJTV on MSN

... Since CJD [Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease] is so rare, there is cause for concern but there are still so many unknowns regarding this case. We know the two subjects had a history of consuming venison, but we don’t know if they ingested meat that tested positive for CWD. The scientists who published the brief themselves noted that more research is needed...


State provides update on deer disease May 14, 2024 Ohio, Sandusky Register

... In 2023 and 2024, 27 deer were found to be chronic wasting disease-positive, including one out of 923 tested in Hardin County, four of 618 in Marion County, 21 of 1,193 in Wyandot County and one out of the 73 tested in Allen County ..,


Is It Illegal To Hunt for Albino Deer/Elk in Washington State? May 14, 2024 NEWStalk 870

... other states might protect an albino deer or elk but in Washington State, it's not illegal to harvest an albino deer or elk ... their survival rate in the wild can make it harder due to their often inherited poor eyesight ...


Wilmington man indicted for allegedly poaching white-tailed deer May 13, 2024 Delaware, Wilmington News Journal

... had illegally hunted the trophy buck on private property about 10 miles from his sister’s land, and later learned that the written permission from his sister he had presented to wildlife officers had been falsified – after the deer was killed – to mislead authorities...


Mule Deer Survey Completed May 13, 2024 North Dakota Game and Fish

... The overall mule deer density in the badlands was 7.1 deer per square mile... densities remained the same compared to 2023 following last year’s record low fawn production, reduced gun harvest and a mild winter in 2023-24... The 2024 spring survey results were largely influenced by the 2022-23 record-setting harsh winter, which resulted in mule deer does being in poor body condition last spring and record low fawn production in 2023 ...


Personalideer: A comprehensive review of personality studies in cervids - European Journal of Personality, 2024

... animals, just like humans, have unique personalities ... The few studies investigating deer personality mainly focus on three of the over fifty species and only account for a few personality traits. We believe that a deeper understanding of deer personality could help understand deer biology, improve management strategies, and shed light on important aspects of the personality of other species ...


Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission Approves 2024 - 2025 Big Game Hunting Tag Quotas May 11, 2024 Carson Now

... Mule deer fawn ratios observed during fall 2023 and spring 2024 are the highest they have been in a decade and indicate that populations are expanding. Commissioners approved mule deer quotas that were similar to last year except for more noticeable decreases in Management Areas 6, 7 and 10, where quotas were decreased by 35 percent..,


Buffer zones around fields prevent deer damage May 10, 2024 Brownfield Ag News

... planting grasses and legumes along the perimeter of fields not only helps control soil and nutrient loss, but also reduces deer damage to crops... buffers usually take deer out of the crop because they prefer to eat the species planted in the buffers...


Why hunt moose to save them from winter ticks? Experts see few other ways to stem the grisly pests May 10, 2024 Vermont, WVNY on MSN

... for this year’s season, administered exclusively in Essex County. The allotment is expected to cull about 10% of the population there and bring density closer to one moose per square mile ... Experts have probed other ways of defeating the ticks ... but those solutions are still being studied ...


Public Comment Sought on Proposed Regulation Changes to Disease Detection, Response Rules in Deer Breeding Facilities

May 10, 2024 Texas Parks and Wildlife News

... The proposed amendment concerning CWD testing would require the euthanization and post-mortem testing of any breeder deer confirmed positive for CWD via ante-mortem testing...


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Alaska moose kills man trying to photograph its newborn calves May 21, 2024 BBC

... His son said he realized the moose was protecting its offspring and did not want the animal killed...

     Moose attack in Alaska kills man, prompting investigation May 20, 2024 Alaska, USA Today on MSN

... A cow moose ... charged two men, kicking one of them ... The animals generally do not attack people unless they feel threatened ...


Deer swims across Cape Cod Canal, ‘attempting to avoid Cape traffic’ May 20, 2024 Massachusetts, The Boston Globe

... A white-tailed deer was seen swimming across the Cape Cod Canal early Friday morning, navigating the water with surprising skill... VIDEO 


New fawns dropping over next several days May 18, 2024 Tennessee  The Paducah Sun

... The breeding period for a majority of the adult does ... falls in mid-November   ... science tells us that most gestation times for whitetails run 180 to 210 days ... a great many brand-new deer hit the ground during the last couple of weeks in May and the first 10 days to two weeks of June...


Officer Reunites Baby Deer With Mother In Highland Park May 16, 2024 New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ Patch

... someone found a baby deer, picked the animal up and brought it to Highland Park Police headquarters...  the deer was now separated from its mother ... Humane Law Enforcement Officer Alaina Giles was able to reunite the fawn with its mother ...


'Tis the season for wildlife encounters May 15, 2024 Texas, AgriLife Today

... While the fawn is concealed, the doe will venture away to not only forage, but prevent her presence from attracting attention to her young... “... for the first few weeks of life, the doe and fawn spend most of their time apart.” ...


Pregnant deer gives birth on impact from car; twin fawns survive May 15, 2024 Texas, WGN-TV

... dash camera captured the Friday collision.  “You can actually see that I had one that went right in between my two front tires and I kind of centered over the second fawn to come out,” ... We do have a little trauma ...


Video Below:  Mule Deer in Nebraska, A Haunting Tale.  May 13, 2024

Video Below:  The city of Plano recently released this video showing animal services officers rescuing a deer caught up in an iron fence.  May 10, 2024 Texas

New genus of tiny, hornless deer that lived 32 million years ago discovered at Badlands May 9, 2024 South Dakota, CBS News

... in an area around what is now southwestern South Dakota ... The study  ... findings, suggested that all of these deer were hornless and roughly the size of a modern household cat... close relatives of mouse deer ... But certain features of this creature were unlike anything else  ... 


Juveniles accused in Pennsylvania deer "poaching spree" May 8, 2024 CBS News on MSN

... Throughout the alleged poaching spree, the Game Commission said the juveniles killed 10 deer, shooting them at night from a vehicle while using a spotlight...


In Japan, Conserving the Genetics of a Sacred Deer May 7, 2024 Undark

... The sika deer, Cervus nippon, are considered sacred in Shintoism.... A recent study published in the Journal of Conservation Science and Practice shows that the deer in the Nara Park preserve today are genetically unique from deer populations in the surrounding area, preserving the DNA of their sacred ancestors...


Dog and deer wander together through Iowa town May 3, 2024 Iowa,  UPI News on MSN.com 

... The Tipton Police Department posted photos to Facebook showing the dog and deer strolling together in locations including a block of businesses and the city courthouse... [Video Below]

Nebraska researcher helps untangle history of fallow deer May 1, 2024 Nebraska Today - University of Nebraska–Lincoln

... The article broke new ground on how fallow deer, which emerged from the Ice Age in the Balkans, Anatolia and Persia, came to be distributed across Europe and around the world... Although fallow deer live wild in parks and preserves around the world, they actually were among the earliest animals to be domesticated. Nearly all populations — whether in Europe, Africa or the Americas — were established by humans ...


Ormond Beach deer injured after getting plastic piece stuck in its hoof 

April 27, 2024 Florida, FOX 35 Orlando

... FWC ... said they are not going to intervene at this time because it could do more harm than good to trap and tranquilize the young deer...


Fawning season begins on the Central Coast April 25, 2024 California, KSBW The Central Coast

... people may see some fawns alone, and it may look like their moms have abandoned them. But that's almost never the case, Cann said. Moms will leave their white-spotted babies for long periods of time while they feed... [see fawn care]

Wolves kill, devour elk on Gardiner school's football field April 24, 2024 Montana Outdoor

... The 8-Mile wolf pack, the largest in the [Yellowstone] park with six adults and 15 yearlings, was the nocturnal culprits behind the kill, swiftly vanishing into the dawn after their feast...


3-Legged Deer in Maine Woods Caught on Video After Months of Not Being Seen April 12, 2024 Maine, Q97.9

... the three-legged deer usually passes by her trail cams three to four times a year. When she hadn't seen the deer, she was worried. But then there she was, looking healthy in clips from January...

Video Above.  Deer family appears to accept B.C. man as one of their own April 11, 2024 British Columbia, CTV News

... two-and-a-half years, beginning in 2018, he spent thousands of hours ...  he never fed them, and rarely moved. The deer just got closer and closer... “I was able to pet them ...


Injured deer put on leash during rescue — then poses for selfie, photos show. April 11, 2024 Georgia, Miami Herald

... Sandy Springs officers found a loophole in the city’s leash laws to lead a deer to safety after the animal was struck by a bus ...