Deer Management News

DNR proposes new deer hunting restrictions for southwest Iowa June 13, 2024 Iowa, YAHOO!News

... State regulators are seeking to severely restrict the hunting of female deer in several southwest Iowa counties in an effort to increase the animal’s population in that area...  in response to what we’ve noticed is a sustained population decline ..,


Non-residents harvest more mule deer bucks than residents June 13, 2024 Montana, Missoula Current

... the increase in non-resident hunters and the uptick of licenses available appear to be major factors in the increase in harvests and decrease in mule deer populations. Drought is also a significant contributor ...


CWD Changes Announced for 2024-25 Seasons June 13, 2024 Pennsylvania, PGC News

... The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced the expansion of several Chronic Wasting Disease Management Areas (DMAs) due to new detections of the disease... While the antlerless harvest has increased in some WMUs with CWD over the past five years, the overall harvest in these WMUs has not been sufficient to reduce populations. Typically, the antlerless allocation is increased to meet a harvest target, however, some WMUs with CWD have reached a point of saturation where a further increase in antlerless licenses is unlikely to achieve the needed harvest...


Poacher shoots pregnant deer with arrow, leaves it to die slowly, Washington cops say June 13, 2024 Washington, YAHOO!News on MSN

...It was shot out of season and with an arrow that had a tip that’s not usually used to hunt deer, police said.  The use of this arrow tip caused the deer “an unnecessarily slow and painful death,” ...


Feds signal deference to Wyoming, dilution of protections, on migration routes June 12, 2024 Wyoming,  WyoFile

In an apparent response to pressure from Wyoming officials, federal land managers are stepping back from outright preservation of ungulate migration corridors and toward the state’s policy, which is more permissive of development...


Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Approves Reduction of Chronic Wasting Disease Containment and Surveillance Zones

June 12, 2024 TPWD News

... updates to the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment and Surveillance Zones.  Containment zones refer to areas where CWD has been detected and confirmed. Surveillance zones identify areas where, based on the best available science and data, the presence of CWD could be reasonably expected...


Accused poacher bragged about kills on social media, WA officials say. He's sentenced June 12, 2024 Washington, Yahoo News Canada

... A 29-year-old hunter boasted about his illegal kills online, leading to charges against him in western Washington ...  had killed several elk in the North Bend area ... illegally baited deer, elk and and black bears ...


Will judges handcuff game wardens? June 12, 2024 Tennessee, Main Street Media of Tennessee

...  legally sticky issue is the practice of placing a stuffed deer by a roadside to entice a passing hunter into illegally shooting at it, then being nabbed by game wardens lying in wait.  Some legal experts claim it’s entrapment... 


Mill Creek Metroparks Deer survey results available June 12, 2024 Ohio, WFMJ.com

... the 2024 Infrared Deer Survey results are now available here.  Thermal Signare data shows that the average number of deer per sq.mile within park boundaries is 187 for all parks and an additional 137 within the 300-400 buffer zone near the park...


Video Below:  The Long-Term Decline in Mule Deer Populations: Primary Challenges Facing Mule Deer.  Wyoming Game and Fish.  June 10, 2024

FWC seeks meat processors and taxidermists to join fight against CWD June 10, 2024 Florida, FWC News

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking meat processors and taxidermists from select counties to help test for chronic wasting disease. Partners in this program play a critical role in helping the FWC determine how many CWD-positive deer are in Florida and how much the disease has spread throughout the state...


A chronic pain for whitetails June 7, 2024 Ohio, Farm and Dairy

... In December 2020, Ohio confirmed its first chronic wasting disease positive wild deer in Wyandot County ... Since that first positive, 49 wild deer in Ohio have been identified as having CWD, all in Allen, Hardin, Marion and Wyandot counties... During the 2023-24 season, 2,734 deer were tested and positive samples were found in Allen (1), Hardin (1), Marion (4) and Wyandot (21) counties..,


It's the season of fawns in the U.P. June 7, 2024 Michigan,  Daily Press

... In the 1980s, the deer population was very high [Upper Peninsula] and so the wolf population swelled.  Now with many more wolves and other big predators (coyotes, cats), the deer are fewer and they are learning to live in a different way than 25 years ago...


Wildlife biologist talks about the best deer-resistant shrubs June 7, 2024 Georgia, UGA Today

...  deer typically hate boxwoods, junipers, forsythia, butterfly bush, beautyberry and inkberry holly, as well as most hollies in general.  If  ... you’re trying to determine the culprit, look for ragged edges. Because deer have no upper incisors, they bite and tear plants ...


Wasting disease is serious threat to deer. Let’s back Texas’ effort to deal with it June 6, 2024 Texas, YAHOO!News

... The vast majority of Texas hunting ranches do not participate in deer breeding. According to the A&M study, 95% describe their herds as completely wild and native — with no introduced breeder deer. Other than some natural spread from New Mexico in the panhandle and far west Texas, the vast majority of the state does not have CWD, and we need to keep it that way... According to the state constitution, all wildlife in Texas is owned by the citizens of the state and managed for public benefit ..,


As 'Zombie' Deer Disease Spreads, Scientists Look for Answers June 6, 2024, Yale E360

... predators and scavengers can spread the disease. “This is one of the most concerning aspects of CWD,” said Larsen. “Many species can be exposed to CWD prions, and we don’t know how those prions will evolve and which mammals those prions will be able to infect.”  [Peter Larsen, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota]   ...


Mule deer mortality in the northern Great Plains in a landscape altered by oil and natural gas extraction June, 2024, The Journal of Wildlife Management

... We evaluated the potential effects of oil and natural gas development on mortality risk of mule deer in western North Dakota and eastern Montana, USA...  During the study there was no effect of oil and natural gas development or roads on mule deer mortality, though <1% of all deer locations were within 500 m of active drilling rigs...


Minnesota DNR Using AI + Trail Cams For Deer Survey In 6 Permit Zones June 5, 2024, KDHL Radio

... There will be a massive amount of data collected with time-lapse photography. The DNR says they will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the data. They used it before in studies in 2021 and 2023 with success. You can expect the results and the final analysis in 2027...


Coyotes display minimal response to Cougar scent at experimental carcass sites 2024, Journal of Mammalogy

... Coyotes displayed similar behavior between sites treated and untreated with Cougar scent, suggesting that the presence of Cougar scent did not alter perceived risk by Coyotes in our study. Instead, Coyote behavior responded to carcass age, elevation, and whether avian scavengers had visited the carcass...


God's dog or devil's demon: Maybe just grit  June 4, 2024 Nevada Current

... From 1945-1972, the federal government along with Western states attempted – and failed – to exterminate the coyote in the West by instituting a massive poisoning campaign on public lands using Compound 1080... a 5-year coyote killing effort during the mid-2000s south of Ely and northeast of Pioche ... After spending about $200,000 in 5 years to kill over 1,100 coyotes, the wildlife commission saw no measurable benefit to mule deer...


Reflections in Nature: It’s time of the year where state’s deer herd population declines June 4, 2024 Pennsylvania, Williamsport Sun-Gazette

... The reason for the peak during the last week of May and the first week of June is due to most of the fawns are born at that time. During the remainder of the year, natural depreciation occurs as more deer die from predators, road kills, etc.,... 


Pittsburgh expands deer-culling program to 5 parks June 4, 2024 Pennsylvania, TribLIVE.com

... City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract of up to roughly $99,000 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help oversee this year’s deer management program —nearly 10 times what the city spent last year on a pilot program...


Deer Herd Numbers Declining in Western Iowa June 3, 2024 Western Iowa Today

... The deer harvest figures showed a significant decline in 2023 compared to the previous year... Pottawattamie County declined 33 percent, Cass County 26 percent, Adair County 20 percent, Montgomery County 29 percent, and Adams County 21 percent..,


Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania Deer: The Rising Threat and Implications June 3, 2024 MyChesCo on MSN

... Results from the increased sampling around detection zones were encouraging, with no new CWD-positive deer identified. However, Korman warns that because of the continued increase and spread of CWD, extended firearms seasons are imminent in some affected areas where harvest goals were not met...


Northeastern Minnesota deer study to begin Jun 3, 2024 Minnesota DNR

...The DNR will place cameras on public and private lands to gather additional deer density data in deer permit areas ... Traditional deer population modeling relies heavily on hunter harvest data. This project will provide additional data to increase confidence in making harvest decisions in the study area... Private landowners sought at selected locations to host trail cameras ..,


New rule to update energy grid must account for Arizona wildlife June 2, 2024 Arizona,  KiowaCountyPress.net

... In Arizona and across the West, Cravens said, animals such as elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope migrate hundreds of miles, and many traverse lands that are ideal for solar and wind developments... one of the risks that we are looking at in making this transition is fragmenting the habitat we have left ...


Parasitic Worms Spread by Flies Identified as Potential Cause Behind Dwindling American Moose Populatin June 1, 2024 Idaho, The Western Journal on MSN

... Research published in March in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases found a parasitic worm, Elaeophora schneideri, in half of the dead adult Shiras moose studied in southeastern Idaho, although it wasn't found in any of the moose bodies investigated in the northern part of the state...


Whitetail report June 1, 2024 Texas, The Daily Sentinel

... Texas has an abundant deer population estimated at 4.7 million animals — way more than any other state... “The Edwards Plateau has been the unfortunate bullseye of drought conditions this year and has been under extreme drought and missed rainfall events. Areas spanning from southwest Texas to the Trans Pecos have also struck out on the rainfall lottery this spring.” ..,


BLM issues analysis for proposed gold mine expansion in eastern Nevada May 31, 2024 Nevada, Lincoln County Record

... The BLM’s preferred alternative was developed in close coordination with the Nevada  Department of Wildlife (NDOW). It minimizes and avoids impacts to existing mule deer  migration corridors within the expansion area ...


State kills hundreds of deer at North Texas ranch, after years of legal fights May 31 2024 Texas, YAHOO!News

... killed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in order to manage a highly contagious deer-specific disease called chronic wasting disease... by 10 p.m., word came up to the lodge that the depopulation itself was over. The 250 deer left on Williams’ ranch were dead...


Game and Fish Commission invests in the Wind River to Grand Tetons — Connecting Wildlife on the Togwotee Trail project May 30, 2024 Wyoming DNR News

... The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission met in Dubois last week for its May meeting. The Commission once again invested in wildlife crossings to help prevent vehicle collisions with big game, as it voted to approve an additional $500,000 toward The Wind River to Grand Tetons – Connecting Wildlife on the Togwotee Trail Dubois project on U.S. Highway 26...


Antlerless harvest numbers stabilize May 30, 2024, Wisconsin, GMToday.com

... The antlerless harvest in southeast Wisconsin has been relatively stable for a long time, but Pritzl noted there has been an oscillation in the harvest every other year since 2018. The gun season opened early that year and the antlerless harvest went up from 2017. In 2019, gun season opened late, and the harvest went down. In 2020, an increased harvest was attributed to more hunters on the landscape because of COVID ...


Catalina island deer-shooting plan is shelved, other solutions sought May 29, 2024 California, CBS News on MSN

... there were concerns about the shooting plan from residents and Supervisor Janice Hahn... "I heard from residents who were terrified at the thought of bullets raining down from helicopters over their beloved island and others who couldn't stand the thought of the deer carcasses that would be left in their wake," ...

     Catalina's invasive mule deer are spared death from above: They still face an uncertain fate May 29, 2024 California, Phys.org

... As the conservancy continues to plot how to hasten their demise, the deer are starving and dying of thirst.  Photos presented at Wednesday's meeting included a young dead deer lying on a paved walkway ... "The island and the deer are both fighting for survival, and neither one is winning," ...


Scientists: reintroducing pure wolves to Maine would likely fail May 29, 2024 Maine, Bangor Daily News

... “if an eastern wolf from Ontario or Quebec finds its way to northern New York, Maine or New Brunswick, it will find itself in a sea of eastern coyotes. Any dispersing eastern wolf would readily hybridize with eastern coyotes, and the offspring would be assimilated into an eastern coyote population that already has a genetic legacy of wolf genes.” ...


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Deer may fight off-leash dogs during fawn season June 13, 2024 Texas, News Nation on MSN

... Deer in urban areas, who may be more used to dogs, will become far more likely to fight if they believe their young are at risk, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Division spokesperson...


Minnesota Man Saves Deer From Coyote, Gets A Thank You In Return June 9, 2024  Whiskey Riff

... The coyotes are seen surrounding the deer, taking turns nipping away at its rear end.  The man jumps into action and starts yelling at the coyotes who immediately take notice and leave. The deer high tails it straight for the man...


Fascinations with deer antler size June 8, 2024 Pennsylvania, Olean Times Herald

...  antlers are the only completely regenerable organ known as well as having the most rapid cell growth. However, as we know very swift cell growth is a typical trait of cancer, yet in deer and their antlers cancer is a rarity if at all. Scientists are currently searching for a gene connected with antler growth which may inhibit cancer....


Hero Fights off Bobcat to Save Baby Deer in New York June 7, 2024  WIBX 950

... Dan Thorp heard an animal crying for help ... a baby fawn being dragged by a huge bobcat he says was almost 3 times the size of the deer... "I yelled and stomped and the cat dropped the deer...

Suspected New Jersey Shoplifter Fled Police, Hid a Baby Deer in a Shopping Bag June 7, 2024 Shore News Network

... During the interaction, a fawn peeked out from the bag, leading officers to detain him for illegal possession of a deer...


Remembering Deer 255: Wyoming muley renowned for longest migration dies June 6, 2024 WyoFile on MSN

... The most famous mule deer in Wyoming died April 11 on a brushy pocket in the middle of the Red Desert. A mountain lion likely killed the 10-year-old doe known for migrating more than 200 miles each spring and fall in search of nourishing meals...


Video Below:  A brave deer swims across the flooded river.  June 5, 2024, Washougal Washington

Video Below:  Deer seen swimming at Seacliff State Beach.  June 4, 2025 California

Deer rescued from mini hockey net after two weeks June 5, 2024 New York, UPI on MSN

... Amherst Police Department said on social media that the buck was seen wandering with the net over its face and antlers for at least two weeks...


Granby officer helps reunite abandoned fawn with mother, police say -June 2, 3035 Connecticut, New Haven Register

... the fawn was struggling with labored breathing and was cold to the touch, prompting her to wrap the animal with blankets and stimulate it to help it breathe...  the mother deer came back ...


Baby deer was dehydrated and had injured nose. NC wildlife rehabilitators have it now.  May 31, 2024 North Carolina, The Herald-Sun on MSN

... when ARC Officer Karen Rogers saw the fawn had an injured nose and ears showing signs of dehydration, she knew the “bustling downtown area,” was not safe for the baby deer ...The center contacted Holly’s Nest Wildlife Rehabilitation ...

Video Below:  Body camera footage shows police in northern New Jersey working together to free a fawn that got itself stuck in a fence.  May 31, 2024

‘It’s not abandoned’: Wildlife officials urge Utahns not to take deer fawns, elk calves home May 28, 2024 Utah, Yahoo

... Deer and elk leave their newborns alone most of the time during the first weeks of their lives, until they are strong enough to accompany their mothers. If someone takes the fawn away from its hiding spot, Mangus said, it’s unlikely the mother will ever find their offspring...


Fawning season is here, deer are on the move May 28, 2024 Iowa DNR News

... Fawning season traditionally begins during the last week of May, peaks in the first couple of weeks of June, before gradually tapering off. And that means deer are on the move... for the next month deer may not be acting like we think deer should act, stay alert while driving at any time of the day.” ...


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...