Deer Management News

Can a small number of wolves have impact? March 1, 2024 North Carolina, The Columbian

... a paper observing a correlation between the red wolf’s decline, which accelerated around 2015, and increases in many of the animals that the wolves hunt ... From spring 2018 to spring 2021, as the wolf population declined ... Populations of deer, which red wolves hunt, remained relatively consistent, increasingly slightly... Raccoon sightings increased ...


Whitetail deer research into the home stretch March 1, 2024 West Virginia, WV MetroNews

... “Hunter harvest is the leading source of mortality across all three study areas. We’ve had about 160 mortalities recorded and about 60 of those were hunter harvest. In the central and western study areas hunter harvest has been the highest source mortality, but it’s actually second in Hampshire County behind chronic wasting disease,” ...


Deer antler extract-nanoparticles exhibit co-nanozyme activity and targeting of prostate cancer cells - Journal of Functional Foods, 2024

... Deer antler water extract decreases prostate cancer cells viability. Especially with combined inhibitor of MET kinase...


Orchard expansion in Canada's wine country stirs fears a key wildlife corridor will be harmed March 1, 2024 British Columbia, Washington Post

...It’s traveled by wildlife such as elk, moose, mule deer, white tailed deer and badgers — and grizzly bears have been spotted. The corridor is home to other animals and berries, plants and medicines used by First Nations peoples...


CPW unveils draft Front Range mountain lion plan March 1, 2024 Colorado, The Colorado Sun

... “on a statewide level, we have 3,800 to 4,400 independent lions not including kittens,” with “one of the higher densities in the country on the Front Range.” ...  The agency will also shift management goals from stabilization and suppression to stabilization only..,


New Study Looks At Northeast Washington Elk, Wolf, Lion, Human Interactions February 29, 2024 Northwest Sportsman Magazine

... Researchers with the University of Washington ... found that elk always tried to avoid wolves regardless of time of day or either season, but while the herding animals strongly stayed away from cougar country at night, they were less worried about encountering big cats during daylight... Elk tend to avoid us during the day but moved closer to homes and farms at night to apparently use them as something of a shield against wolves...


‘Unrestricted hunting’ out, market value in, as elk damage payments bill advances February 29, 2024 Wyoming, Buffalo Bulletin

... HB 60 ... Grass lost on state land grazing allotments would no longer be eligible for compensation, and the revision added that eligible landowners must permit “reasonable” hunting opportunities on their property... Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership also emailed ... this bill disincentivizes the partnerships we need to effectively address elk overpopulation in Wyoming while costing [Game and Fish] and Wyoming sportspeople millions of dollars...


Science guns down excuses for hog-dogging & hits rationale for deer culls February 29, 2024 California, Animals 24-7

...  scheduled massacre of about 1,000 mule deer on Catalina Island by sharpshooters ... Robert Kröger,  a Ph.D. restoration ecologist and executive director of the pro-hunting organization Blood Origins,  countered that “The science does not support that to protect native plants,  and meet recovery objectives,  the number of deer––a species that have social and recreational values on the island––should be zero.” ...


Wyoming Range mule deer population declines after severe winter of 2022-23 February 29, 2024 Wyoming Game & Fish Department

... Wildlife biologists estimate the current herd number to be about 11,000 animals —  a considerable decline from the February 2023 estimate of 30,000 individuals..,


Wolves and Wisconsin: Separating fact from fiction February 28, 2024 AOL

...In 1960, wolves were considered no longer present in Wisconsin... But in 1978, a breeding pack from Minnesota migrated in and the wheel of recovery slowly started to turn...Fast-forward to 2020, and we now have more than 1,000 wolves in Wisconsin...


Idaho Fish and Game Acquires 5,533 Acres in Elmore County to Protect Wildlife Habitat February 28, 2024 BNN Breaking

... approximately 20 miles southeast of Boise. This strategic purchase underscores the commitment to preserving the natural habitats of mule deer and elk ...


Where Utah plans to build more wildlife crossings February 27, 2024 ABC4 Utah

... there are currently about 50 wildlife crossings in the state, mostly targeting mule deer as they are the species most involved in vehicle collisions ... Utah has won a $5.5 million grant to build three wildlife underpasses on U.S. Highway 89 near Kanab...


Minnesota 2023 deer harvest down 8% statewide from 2022, DNR says February 26, 2024 YAHOO!News

... Minnesota hunters shot 158,678 deer during the 2023 hunting season ... down 8% from the 2022 season and 14% less than the five-year average... In recent years, deer populations have been lower in northern Minnesota ..,


DNR announces 2023 deer season harvest results, CWD management findings February 26, 2024 Minnesota DNR News

... CWD was detected in 43 hunter-harvested deer during the 2023 fall hunting seasons. Of these, 91% were from the southeast, a region that continues to see persistent CWD infections in wild deer... Targeted culling is a management action used to slow the spread of CWD where it is known to exist...


Drastic changes in ground-dwelling beetle communities following high-intensity deer culling February, 2024 Oxford University Press

... Overall, the culling of large herbivores resulted in a reduction of ground-dwelling beetle populations, particularly necrophagous species dependent on dung and carrion for survival. Our preliminary research highlights the need for long-term and large-scale experiments to understand the indirect ecological implications of culling programs on ecosystem processes...


Idaho Considers Transitioning Nonresident Hunting Tags to Draw System: House Bill 587 February 25, 2024 NewsBreak.com

... If passed, this legislation would require these tags and permits to be issued through a draw process rather than being available for over-the-counter purchase... 


Outdoors in Maine: Deciphering the Downeast deer yard February 24, 2024 Maine, Sun Journal

... As Maine works at restoring its declining deer numbers in the north woods, identifying and protecting historic deer wintering areas has taken on a new urgency. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W) now has dedicated funding that is legally earmarked to actually purchase known deer yards ...


Unlocking the Secrets of White-tailed Deer: A Wisconsin Study Blazes a Trail in Wildlife Research February 24, 2024 Wisconsin, BNN Breaking

... Each collar houses a GPS unit and a camera, offering unprecedented insights into the deer's interactions and movements. This technology is not just about tracking; it's a window into the lives of these creatures, helping researchers understand how diseases are transmitted among them...


Rare 'Frankendeer' Crossbreeding No Threat To Wyoming Mule Deer February 24, 2024 Cowboy State Daily

... Mule deer-whitetail “frankendeer” hybrids are extremely rare, but not unheard of in Wyoming. They generally aren’t good survivors ... probably fewer than “the single digits” of the percentage of the deer population in any given area ...


Wyoming Game and Fish elk feedground plan walks tightwire of social, disease issues February 24, 2024 Billings Gazette

... To lessen the chances that disease will spread on feedgrounds, the department may shrink elk populations through hunting. In some places, this may mean a reduction to the point where the herd can subsist without a feedground. Another tactic is to spread out feed to disperse the animals, or to move feeding areas. The duration of the feeding season could also be cut...


Help Develop The Next Georgia Deer Management Plan: Opportunities for Input February 24, 2024 Georgia DNR

... the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division is actively seeking your input. Georgia WRD’s successful deer management efforts are informed through biological data, public input and management objectives identified in the agency’s statewide Deer Management Plan (see current and former copies of the Plan). This plan is developed through an intensive public participation process ...


Assembly OKs suspending doe hunting in northern Wisconsin February 23, 2024 Madison.com

... Hunters in northern Wisconsin would be barred from killing any does for four years under legislation the state Assembly approved Thursday... to help the northern herd replenish ..,


Pennsylvania man accused of using drone to recover dead deer found guilty February 23, 2024, fox431

... "It would appear that from the top down the PGC doesn’t have a uniform position on the difference between 'hunting' and 'recovery' of game animals," ... 


White-tailed deer in Arkansas tests positive for chronic wasting disease, AGFC confirms February 23, 2024 Arkansas, KNWA Fayetteville on MSN

... a white-tailed deer in Craighead County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.  Officials said that the 2-year-old doe was harvested near Jonesboro during the Arkansas modern gun deer hunt..,


Town south of Calgary says it will not consider deer cull February 23, 2024 Alberta, Athabasca Advocate

... Diamond Valley, a town south of Calgary, will not cull its deer, nor will it even consider the idea ...  That is not the solution and I don't think that that's even part of the topic ...


Hunters help kill muzzleloader bill in Idaho Legislature February 23, 2024 Idaho, Yahoo News

...A bill that would have opened Idaho's muzzleloader-only hunting seasons to equipment that increases the range and accuracy of the primitive weapons appears to be dead...


Plants can uptake CWD-causing prions from soil in the lab. What happens if they are eaten?

February 22, 2024 Minnesota,  University of Minnesota CIDRAP

...   published in iScience in December ... They demonstrated that alfalfa, barley, and Arabidopsis thaliana, a small plant from the mustard family called thale cress and other names, all accumulated sufficient prions from contaminated soil in their above-ground tissues to cause mice that ingested the plant tissues to develop prion disease...


Alaska Fish & Game to Reduce Caribou Tags Amid Continued Herd Decline February 22, 2024 Field & Stream

... The latest estimates, based on photographic aerial surveys, put the herd at approximately 152,000 animals. At its 2003 peak, it was nearly 500,000 caribou strong. Herd numbers have swung widely over the last 50 years, hitting a low of 75,000 caribou in 1976, then rebounding after hunting restrictions were put in place ...


Will supplemental feeding of deer be banned in Mississippi? Here's what we know February 22, 2024 Mississippi, Yahoo! Sport

... Supplemental feeding of deer was legalized over a decade ago ... At the time, CWD was not known to be in the state ..After the disease was found in Mississippi in 2018, feeding was banned in positive counties. Now the commission has tasked the wildlife division of the department to research if a statewide ban would slow the spread of the disease ...


WDFW Opens Comment On 3-year Hunting Proposals Package February 22, 2024 Washington, Northwest Sportsman Magazine

... “White-tailed and mule deer populations in southeast Washington remain below levels prior to a hemorrhagic disease outbreak in 2021,” the agency states. “Similarly, mule deer populations in north-central Washington have recently been impacted by intense environmental conditions (e.g., drought, extreme winter conditions), disease, and expansive wildfire. Improved adult female survival, which is facilitated by restricting antlerless harvest, will promote population growth and stability.” ...


Fatal Chronic Wasting Disease In Florida Deer, Limited To One Case February 22, 2024 Florida, Tampa Free Press on MSN

... a deer killed in June in Holmes County tested positive ... from 1,000 tests from this past season and before, we still only have one positive (chronic wasting disease) case ..,


Commission hears hunting regulations proposals February 22, 2024 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... They include:  Opening a three-day "velvet buck" archery deer hunt during the first full weekend of September... Eliminating the Private Land Antlerless-Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt... Restrict nonresidents to pursue deer with dogs during only the last nine days of modern gun season ...


Lawmakers wade into landowner-hunter relations with plan for special elk licenses February 21, 2024 South Dakota Searchlight

... the bill ...  would create extra licenses for South Dakota landowners and their lessees to hunt a female elk every year on agricultural land in the Prairie Elk Units... would be areas where the population is high ...


Unraveling the Mystery: How Deer Poop Holds the Key to Tackling Chronic Wasting Disease February 21, 2024 Pennsylvania, Vet Candy

... By collecting and analyzing samples from both CWD-positive and -negative deer, scientists have uncovered a crucial link between gut bacteria and the presence of the disease. Anna Kashina, a professor of biochemistry at Penn Vet, underscores the significance of this discovery: "For the first time, we have a noninvasive tool for detecting CWD and gaining insights into its biology."  The study, published in Microbiology Spectrum ...


From squirrel to deer: Iowa hunters review season, share concerns with state officials February 21, 2024 Iowa, KMTV

... The deer population has been relatively low in Iowa since 2012.... Wildlife biologist Matt Dollison says the deer population isn't rebounding the way they'd like to see. He called it "a bit of a mystery" and says there might be several reasons..,


Genetic insights and conservation challenges of Nara's sacred deer February 21, 2024 Japan, Science Daily

...A new study has revealed a complex situation: while the sanctuary's deer upholds a distinct genetic identity, the surrounding areas display a blend of genetic lineages. This exposes a pressing predicament: whether to cull the 'pest' deer around sanctuary or risk losing a sacred genetic legacy...


Tega Cay leaders share underwhelming results of deer culling operation February 21, 2024 South Carolina, WBTV Charlotte on MSN

... just 38 deer - far below the city’s goal of 160... with a price tag of nearly $95,000... those behind the program blamed the shortcomings on limitations put in place due to safety concerns...


Coyote hunting season never ends in New Hampshire – and neither does the debate February 21, 2024 New Hampshire Bulletin

... Without offering specific numbers, Fish and Game biologists have said the state’s population has remained “stable.” Educated guesses put it between 4,500 to 5,000..,


Video below:  In the ninth episode of Fish and Game’s ‘State of Deer and Elk’ series, Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Biologist, Eric Freeman, discusses how wildlife biologists manage deer harvest for different scenarios, such as habitat protection, maximum herd numbers, or disease prevention. Check out Fish and Game's State of Deer and Elk webpage to learn more about deer and elk in Idaho.  Idaho, February 20, 2024

It's time to take Chronic Wasting Disease seriously February 20, 2024 Mississippi,  SuperTalk Mississippi

... At the November 2022 meeting, the wildlife commission removed Claiborne from the CWD zone... proposed setting the center of the Mississippi River as the western boundary ... This arbitrary decision, despite concrete evidence of deer swimming across the river, increased the risk of disease spread in Claiborne County..,


From extinct to tourism boom: Elk thrive atop reclaimed coal mines in Eastern Kentucky February 20, 2024 Kentucky, The Cincinnati Enquirer

... Today, a herd of more than 11,000 rocky mountain elk thrives atop reclaimed coal mines in Eastern Kentucky, but that wasn’t the case just three decades ago. The herd's close cousins, the eastern elk, were hunted to extinction by early European settlers..,


Game and Fish releases updated draft of Wyoming Elk Feedgrounds Management Plan following public comment period February 20, 2024 Wyoming Game and Fish News

     The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has released its final draft of the Wyoming Elk Feedgrounds Management Plan with the public and will present it before the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission at its meeting in Pinedale March 12-13 for its approval. The draft plan, which can be found on the Elk Feedgrounds: A Challenge We Can Take On web page, is designed to guide the department’s overall and long-term approach to elk management as it pertains to the 21 Game and Fish-operated elk feedgrounds in western Wyoming. 


New CWD zones prompts calls for change February 20, 2024 Texas Farm Bureau

... New surveillance zones were approved for Kimble, Medina and Cherokee counties after cases of the neurological deer disease were discovered in deer breeding facilities in those counties.  A new surveillance and containment zone were implemented in Coleman County after a free-ranging, hunter-harvested buck tested positive for CWD in late 2023...


Human activities influence mule deer use of overpasses across multiple scales 2024 - The Journal of Wildlife Management

... Using remote wildlife cameras, we evaluated human and mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) use and interactions at 43 overpasses along the Central Arizona Project canal in Arizona, USA, during 2 seasons (warm and cool) from February 2021 to February 2022. Mule deer exhibited spatial avoidance of human activities at overpasses ... Because human activities can influence mule deer crossings at overpasses, managers might consider minimizing human activities at crossing locations ...


Chronic Wasting Disease, Zombie Deer Disease Is Spreading Through America. Here's Why It's a Concern February 19, 2024 ScienceAlert

... the ecological effects of CWD extend beyond deer populations, affecting entire ecosystems. Deer play a crucial role in shaping vegetation dynamics (how plant communities change and evolve over time) through browsing and grazing. And their decline could have cascading effects on plant communities, soil health and other wildlife species that depend on deer as a food source or habitat modifier...


Little progress in saving Kashmir’s endangered hangul deer February 19, 2024 Eco-business

... An August 2023 research paper, based on data from January 2001 to March 2020 suggested that with a population of less than 200 individuals, the hangul “may be in a terminal phase of decline and could become extinct  ...


Anderson: In north woods deer hunting debate, we're not seeing the forest February 18, 2024 Yahoo! Sports

...  wolves appear to be sustaining themselves on food sources other than deer, and therefore — at least for the time being — their numbers are not tracking downward in concert with deer populations, as is usually the case in predator-prey cycles... others say that increasing the breadth and quality of northeast habitat is the best chance hunters have to boost the region's deer numbers..,


Pregnant elk soar through Tennessee skies in state's first-of-its-kind population study February 17, 2024 Tennessee, Yahoo News

... "We're putting a transmitter inside the pregnant cow, specifically targeting those, in hopes that when they give birth in May-June, we'll be able to go out and collar the calves and then monitor them over the course of their life to see when they're actually recruited into the population," ...


CPW reports good signs for herd recovery while reminding hunters to be aware of license reductions February 17, 2018 Colorado, Craig Daily Press

... While CPW biologists were encouraged by what they saw during this year’s flights, the overall numbers of big game are still down in Northwest Colorado due to the high mortality that occurred last winter..,


Staten Island.  At last! Data shows Staten Island deer vasectomy program is paying off. Here’s how. February 17, 2024 New York, Staten Island Advance

... “Since this project began in 2016, there has been a 41% decrease in the total deer population, as well as a 94% reduction in the number of fawn births,” Katrina Toal, deputy director of the NYC Parks Wildlife Unit said. “This data shows that the sterilization study is making a substantial impact on the deer population on Staten Island.” ...


Another deer season is in the books. Now let’s crunch those harvest numbers.  February 17, 2024 Alabama, al.com

...  A total of 201,124 deer were harvested during the season that ended on February 10.  Antlered deer:  104,89.   Non-antlered deer:  96,226 ... [Alabama estimates its total harvest from hunter surveys, these are from its game check page] 


Idaho Fish and Game gives thumbs down to three bills February 17, 2024 Idaho, Post Register

... oppose House Bill 536 that according to an Idaho Fish and Game analysis makes several changes to state law that ultimately weaken the Department of Agriculture’s program designed to keep chronic wasting disease and other wildlife diseases from infecting the state’s elk farms or from spreading to wild deer and elk populations...


Wyoming Legislators Propose Separate Seasons for Whitetail and Mule Deer to Aid Conservation February 16, 2024 NewsBreak Original

... This legislative move aims to provide targeted management strategies to support the struggling mule deer populations, while accommodating the growth of the whitetail deer numbers across the state... with mule deer numbers declining and whitetails increasing in various regions of Wyoming...,


Kansas wildlife agency could lose millions of dollars amid fight over deer baiting February 16, 2024 KCUR 89.3 FM

... a lawmaker’s threat to defund the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks because the agency is considering a ban on baiting deer with piles of food... he owns a hunting lodge that can use deer baiting to improve hunting opportunities...


State's deer harvest declined by over 20,000 February 16, 2024 Tennessee Main Street Media of Tennessee

… The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported 152,227 deer harvested statewide, compared to 163,244 the previous season… One reason for the drop-off could be a trend toward trophy hunting.  More and more hunters are passing up smaller bucks to wait for one with big antlers..,


This moose was seen walking in circles around a pole for 5 minutes February 16, 2024 New Brunswick, CBC.ca on MSN

... the moose in the video is likely experiencing "moose sickness," or neurological problems caused by a parasite that gets into the moose's spinal cord and brain...  It happens when the moose is feeding on vegetation and consumes a snail carrying the eggs of the parasite...



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How Fast Can a Deer Run? February 28, 2024 Yahoo

... Whitetail deer can reach a top speed between 35 and 40 miles per hour, according to most estimates ...


Moose euthanized in Windsor Locks after it wanders too close to highway February 26, 2024 Connecticut, Fox 61

...  a report of a moose within 20 feet of Interstate 91 southbound and the Route 20 exit ramp in Windsor Locks. DEEP consulted with other law enforcement agencies and euthanized the animal ...


Deer’s head stuck in plastic container for 12 days February 23, 2024 Indiana, Yahoo News

... The deer was first spotted on February 10 in Vermillion County, Indiana, but troopers couldn’t catch it... the deer had busted through the bottom of the container so it could eat and drink...


Tragedy and Teamwork in Hartsville: The Rescue of a Deer from Urban Predators February 22, 2024 South Carolina, BNN Breaking

...  A young deer, pursued by wild dogs, finds itself in a life-threatening predicament, seeking refuge in a retention pond near Neptune Island Water Park... Despite the collective effort, the doe's injuries proved too severe...


Deer With Container On Its Head Saved By Rescuers: 'We Never Gave Up' February 17, 2024 New York, NY Patch

... Frankie Floridia of Strong Island Animal Rescue worked tirelessly for the entire 10 days to save the deer, who was first spotted on Sound Breeze Trail/ Great Rock Drive in Wading River...


Oklahoma Game Wardens seek public aid in unusual deer dumping case in Osage County February 17, 2024 KTUL

... The deer appeared to be 'unlawfully raised as a fawn and had to red ear tags ... it was 'simply killed, and maliciously dumped/abandoned to the driveway.' ...


Ohio Police Officers Work Together to Save Deer Tangled in Outdoor Hammock February 9, 2024 People on MSN

... Ohio's New Philadelphia Police Department shared a video to their Facebook page of ... working together to help a deer free its antlers from a hammock made of thick ropes....


Man arrested for killing ‘Hollywood Buck’ facing 19 total charges for poaching, trespassing February 9, 2024 Virginia, WRIC on MSN

... killing Richmond’s beloved “Hollywood Buck” ... Trespass after forbidden, Killing a deer; exceeding bag limit, Trespassing to hunt, fish or trap, Hunting regulation: failure to report ...

Below a Facebook post of 3 albino deer in Roxboro, North Carolina.  - February 1, 2024

Hornbrook Fire Dept. readies for animal rescues at Iron Gate Reservoir, with ten deer dead January 31, 2024 California, KDRV

...   This week, ten deer reportedly died at Iron Gate's lakebed, stuck in mud... where its dam removal has drained the lake's water this month... people are reporting stranded animals that have left some euthanized, stuck in mud, or muck, of the reservoir...


Suspect charged in killing of Hollywood Cemetery buck January 30, 2023 Virginia, Richmond

... charged with 19 separate wildlife violations ... several people who saw the Dec. 14 [Facebook] post recognized the animal as a frequent visitor of Hollywood Cemetery in the Oregon Hill neighborhood and reported the post to the DWR ...


Image of slain deer decked out in Christmas lights sparks state investigation January 19, 2024 Florida, Yahoo

... A deer with Christmas lights caught up in its antlers was killed shortly after a resident posted a picture of the animal prancing around a northern Leon County neighborhood ... proudly holding up the head of the slain deer ...


Beloved deer on Daufuskie goes missing. People on social media point fingers at hunters January 18, 2024 South Carolina, YAHOO!News

... The deer, named Turbo, was loved by island residents and visitors. Locals shared that she’d approach people looking for ice cream or french fries. She would wait by the ferry for her caretaker to return from the grocery store...


Wisconsin community remembers life of 15-year-old albino deer known as "The King" January 15, 2024 CBS News

... a local legend  ... "Around 2009 is the first time we saw him in the area. My dad actually saw him down the road a couple miles when he was a fawn," ... [see video below]

Wisconsin Neighbors Plan to Preserve Body of Albino Deer ‘The King’ Who Dropped Dead in Their Yard January 15, 2024 The Messenger on MSN

... The deer's full body mount will be on display at a restaurant or business so both locals and tourists can see him ... Albino deer are protected in Wisconsin, meaning the king was legally protected from being hunted...  


Style of hunting controversy after friendly deer goes missing on Daufuskie Island January 10, 2024 South Carolina, WTOC-TV

... After a recent dog-driven deer hunt, Turbo hasn’t been seen.  The deer was a common site on Daufuskie Island. Visitors and residents alike reached out to WTOC with their photos, videos and stories of meeting Turbo, the deer that wore a collar... everybody loved her, she went into local bars ...


Deer shot in face with crossbow bolt in a 'terrible act' January 9, 202 United Kingdom, Gloucestershire Live on MSN.com

... An image of the deer after it was shot in the head has been shared by police on social media ... It is illegal to use crossbows to shoot mammals in the UK...


The One With A Deer Crossing January 6, 2024 Florida, The Trek

... Locals take great pride in their Key Deer population.  One way of showing this, busy intersections show the number of deer killed by automobiles in the past and current year...


Redding local takes 'deer-ect' action to get warning signs posted January 3, 2024 California, KRCR

... too many dead deer along the roadside ... he came across a buck still struggling for life... it just tore my heart out ... Within the next week, Redding had already posted several signs along the road ...


Redwood Park Rangers Explain Why Not All Elk Lose Their Antlers During the Winter January 4, 2024 California, PetHelpful 

...the elk with antlers are their "bachelor herd" - they tried to compete against other elk but lost and didn't mate during the rut ... they'll continue to hang out together and practice fighting so that hopefully next fall they'll find a mate. Until then, they keep their antlers...


Colorado Man Spots Young Buck With Monster Cyst On Its Body January 2, 2024 Whiskey Riff

... National Deer Association director of conservation Matt Ross told the outlet that this growth is most likely ... fluid filled cyst that began to accumulate after a soft-tissue injury. Most likely this buck took an antler to the chest, the wound filled up with fluid, and the cyst continued to grow ...

Central Florida man accused of intentionally running over deer for TikTok video December 29, 2023 Florida, YAHOO!News

... charged with five counts of animal cruelty for driving his truck at the deer with the intent of striking them with it, and one count of animal cruelty for the deer deputies say he did hit...