Deer Management News This Week

... In samples taken at 10 locations on the Island in June, the numbers of a particular category of ticks — Lone star nymphs — have remained down significantly since 4-poster units were deployed on the Island seven years ago... As deer feed, their necks are coated with the tickicide permethrin...

Deer hunt group eyes standards July 28, 2015 Indiana, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
... A trade group has launched a voluntary program to validate captive hunting preserves in the state.  The Indiana Deer and Elk Farmers Association is behind the move to a self-policing program called the Indiana Deer Advisory Council...

Central NY woman fighting DEC to keep wild deer July 27, 2015 New York, Legislative Gazette
... Licensed animal rehabilitator Cindy McGinley ... The DEC has ordered McGinley to either release or euthanize the older deer, Deirdre, and to euthanize the younger deer, Lily, who is blind... McGinley recently applied for a New York state License to Possess so she could keep Deirdre and Lily on her property, but the DEC denied her license ... deer friends

Moose takes up residence near busy U.S. 10 July 27, 2015 Minnesota, TwinCities Pioneer Press
... "We named her Lucy -- Lucy the moosey. She's been there over three months," ... DNR aerial surveys show the state's moose population has dropped from 8,840 in 2006 to 3,450 this year...  with the drastic decline in the state's moose population, people are especially concerned and interested in Lucy...

... 2015 will... probably fall in line with this past season which will be an indication the herd is starting to stabilize. Chadwick said the antlerless quota will remain the same as the DNR tries to bring the herd back to stable numbers...  the statewide number of deer hunters last year declined 19 percent while the Southwest Michigan District saw a 5.7 percent drop. That can be attributed to fewer deer and poor hunting conditions weather-wise...

State Forest Logging Called Good For Forests, Taxpayers July 27, 2015 Connecticut, Hartford Courant
... In 2008, experts at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies  ... estimated that ... the state could triple the timber being taken without damaging the forests...  close to $1.5 million in timber revenue.  Martin said the reason for doing any logging at all is to improve woodlands for recreation and natural habitat for wildlife, not to make more revenue... The primary reason for the dramatic decline, according to several experts, was a major reduction foresters at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection...

... Nearly 500 deer were killed at Yoder's preserve and breeding pen this summer, and each one of them was checked to see if it had become infected with CWD ... Up until last fall, CWD had never been found in any wild or farm-raised deer in Ohio, but the first case was documented last October at Yoder's World Class Whitetails of Ohio hunting preserve....

... Chad Stewart is the Deer Management Specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says deer are thriving in the Lower Peninsula now, but that could all change because of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state ...  in the past three years, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has lost about 40 percent of its deer population due to harsh winters.... [Listen to at minute interview included in this link]

Cayuga Heights, How one NY village has declared war on deer July 26, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard
... the village is using professional archers – in combination with ovariectomies - to reduce the deer population... the village spent more than $188,000 ... Those opposed to the village's efforts to sterilize and kill the deer formed their own group and started a web site, cayugadeer.org. They call for "safe, ethical and rational" efforts to reduce the deer such as hiring rangers who would assist residents on a case-by-case basis with non-lethal methods such as repellents and fences...

State slowly losing battle with CWD July 26, 2015 West Virginia, Times West Virginian
... “The idea to stop feeding deer in this area is within the agency’s ongoing management efforts to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). A larger portion of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia has been added to the current area where artificial supplemental feeding and baiting of deer is prohibited,” ...

Firewood company wants to build mills, restore sagebrush habitat; Nevada, Utah July 25, 2015 Nevada, St George News
... Caliente Firewood hopes to sell 4,000 T-shirts or raise $40,000 through GoFundMe.com ... a strategy that will allow the company to help restore sagebrush habitat. Due to suppression of wildfires and other factors in the Great Basin, pinyon and juniper have expanded tenfold in the last 150 years ... mule deer ... are declining in numbers due to the loss of habitat, but all respond favorably to removal of pinyon and juniper ...

Another bad year for Michigan deer hunters July 25, 2015 Michigan, South Bend Tribune
... “First there was EHD, followed by a couple of hard winters,” said Chadwick. “When you have hard winters, females that were bred during the fall go into spring in poor condition and fewer fawns are produced.”  But there is a bright side to this story. Chadwick, who monitors trail cameras during the summer, is seeing more fawns this year, a sign the herd is coming back...

...  the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says it’s time to increase basic hunting and fishing license fees for operational purposes for the first time since 1981... . The new fee structure provides the basic hunting license for $15. To hunt big game, deer or bear for example, the fee goes up to $40 from $9 and that includes the right to hunt on one of the state-managed WMAs ...

Deer-vehicle collisions declining in SC July 25, 2015 South Carolina,  Rock Hill Herald
... There were 2,206 crashes last year, more than 200 less than in 2012 ... Collisions remain common on the “the fringes of suburbs,” ... Creek bottoms and areas where farm fields blend into forests are prime spots ...

Granite Shoals outlines priorities for year, continues studying deer issue July 24, 2015 Texas, The River Cities Daily Tribune 
... The first step is determining the deer population, he said. That number will help the city create a plan.  “Texas Parks and Wildlife will tell you if you’re overpopulated,” the city manager said. “Then we can identify what we can actually do. No decision has been made at this moment.” ...

Running elk ragged just to get their antlers July 24, 2015 Oregon, PBS NewsHour
... A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs... Washington and Oregon have imposed rules to make sure that “shed hunters” don’t harm elk and deer ...

... The genetics firm sued the deer farming company and Curt Waldvogel alleging unreasonable restraint of trade and interference with contractual relationships...  Gourley’s attorney, Thomas Devine, said Advanced Genetics abided by that agreement, and then Curt Waldvogel set the market price at $10,000 for specimens ...

New group advocates more young forest habitat July 24, 205 Virginia, HeraldCourier.com
...  Virginia Wildlife Habitat Coalition ... “ ...Virginia’s public forest are remarkable out of balance in terms of age class — way too much older growth..  many game and non-game species will continue to decline ...

Project studies deer mortality rates July 24, 2015 Michigan, Daily Press
... "In the low-snowfall zone...we had annual fawn survival range from 35 percent to 59 percent," ... "The adult does were actually avoiding the core areas that wolves use," ... However, coyotes in the area were avoiding these locations, as well.  "Coyotes were an important predator of fawns in phase one," ...

... Free-roaming animals have spread CWD across most of Wyoming (and in many other states), and they may well have spread the disease into Montana ...

...  The 7 female deer mortalities are categorized as follows: 1 bobcat predation event, 5 panther predation events and 1 panther predation event confounded with capture (mortality occurred within 12 days of capture).  The 5 male deer mortalities were categorized as panther predation events. In some instances we cannot definitively eliminate the possibility of scavenging, and the causes of all mortality data should be considered preliminary ...

South Texas Deer Hunters Get A Longer Shot July 23, 2015 Tyler Morning Telegraph
... South Texas’ 105,000 hunters get the benefit of the longer season to take advantage of a rut that doesn’t kick off until about Christmas... According to TPWD’s breeding chronology charts: the rut in South Texas peaks around Dec. 16 in the eastern portion of the region and Dec. 24 in the west. In comparison, the rut in the Pineywoods is about a month earlier and about two weeks earlier in the Edwards Plateau...

... While a representative from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) said hunting programs are the most effective way to control the overpopulation of deer, the Hillsdale Environmental Commission does not support it, citing safety reasons and fear of a "bounce-back" effect in the animal population...

New CWD report gives hunters food for thought July 22, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The 2002 discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer near Mt. Horeb was a watershed event in Wisconsin wildlife history... researchers from Case Western Reserve University presented ... results indicate that the CWD prion has the potential to infect human (central nervous system) ...

Plan to increase Allegany County deer herd July 22, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... there are hunters in Allegany County who believe that the deer population between Westernport and Orleans has dwindled to an alarming number... After one season of hunters not using bait, the number of deer carrying over into the next year should be significant...

DNR reports 2014 deer hunting harvest down across Michigan July 22, 2015 Michigan, MDNR
     The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently issued a Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Report on the 2014 hunting seasons indicating that roughly 615,000 hunters statewide harvested a total of roughly 329,000 deer. The harvest represents a drop of 15 percent from 2013.  Wildlife managers report that regional declines in deer harvest were greatest in the Upper Peninsula, where the overall harvest was down by nearly 36 percent.   The DNR said several factors – including back-to-back years of severe winter weather that depleted the deer population in some parts of the state – contributed to the decline...

... While officials worry about the impact of Bayfield County's current deer population on forests, hunters in the region have expressed concern over the health of the deer herd after numbers declined from highs seen in 2009, according to Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Biologist Todd Naas....

...  8 of the zones will incorporate a “3 points on one side OR a main beam length of 10 inches on one side” rule. The other 4 must obey a “2 points on one side” directive... These rules apply for private and public lands ...

... The DNR has been working the last several years to reduce the deer herd size by increasing the number of antlerless deer permits, meaning does... The only surprise is that according to the DNR, it was only down 15 percent. Some in the field say it was down a lot more... roughly 615,000 hunters statewide harvested a total of roughly 329,000 deer ...

Baiting deer illegal in Mineral, Grant counties July 22, 2015 West Virginia, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... This action has been taken to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease ... deer feeding naturally in the woods have less chance of rubbing up against a sick herd member than they would if they were all bunched up at a bait pile ... 

Cosmetic Surgery in Clifton July 21, 2015 Ohio
... a motivation for the urban deer sterilization program proposed in Clifton is that "Experts recommend a density between 15 – 20 deer per square mile, which can sustain a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat." [cliftondeer.org]  You can find an expert recommendation for ecologically acceptable suburban deer densities ranging from 5 to 100 deer per square mile. Examples  The state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat, a little higher than the current estimate for Clifton, and a recent U.S. Forest Service study put the optimal deer density at about 15 to 28 per square mile for a forest.  A suburb can support more deer than the typical forest.  While this project may provide answers to questions about the efficacy of deer sterilization in a relatively open environment, wrapping the project up in the flag of ecology is a disservice to legitimate ecological issues related to deer management.  This project is about the social carrying capacity, not the ecologic carrying capacity of the community. This report from the Michigan DNR [PDF] discusses the difference between ecologic and social carrying capacity starting on page 7.

Mule deer diseases on the rise July 21, 2015 Oregon, nuggetnews.com
... a poor year for fawn survival. The reason is a growing threat from what appears to be adenoviruses, aka AHD. ... AHD virus of deer was first identified in California in 1994. Infected deer have clinical signs common to other diseases, such as bluetongue or pneumonia. However, chronic symptoms include ulcers and abscesses in the mouth and throat...

A&M-Kingsville researchers study heat's effect on deer July 20, 2015 Texas, Corpus Christi Caller
... “We suspect deer may be more sensitive to heat than has been believed,” said Dave Hewitt, professor and Stuart W. Stedman chairman for White-tailed Deer Research at A&M-Kingsville.  “If we find that higher temperatures result in increased mortality for deer, ranchers may want to allow more shelter for them,” ...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the United State's Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa has confirmed that a second deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease ‎(CWD)‎ in Meridian Township. The two-year-old buck was taken within one mile of the first deer that tested positive. The DNR and USDA will perform DNA testing to determine if there is a relationship between the two deer. - July 20, 2015


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Elk group grants $211,400 to Idaho July 19, 2015 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $211,400 in grants that will fund more than a dozen habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage projects in Idaho ...

... diagnosing it is not simple. In order to get a quick and reliable result on a test looking for the disease, the deer in question needs its brain stem removed. It is not a test that an animal can survive. There is another test that does not require the death of the animal, but due to the fact that it takes many months of retesting to get an accurate result, the test isn’t used often...

Nonlethal program to target burgeoning Clifton deer population July 18, 2015 Ohio, WCPO
... White Buffalo Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that conducts research programs focused on wildlife, will spearhead a weeklong effort to sterilize at least 40 female deer ...

Ten more deer test positive for wasting disease.July 18, 2015 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
... That brings the total of tested deer with the disease to 74 of more than 25,000 tissue samples since sampling began in 1996. Kansas’ first positive in a wild deer was in 2005. Since then, the disease has progressively moved south and east...
Reindeer expert, apprentices ease herd into new home July 18, 2015 Alasa, thedutchharborfisherman.com
... 29 reindeer arrived in early June to the Alaska Peninsula village of Port Heiden, where the community is reviving a long-dormant tradition of reindeer herding. Now, a traditional herder and two teenage apprentices are taking on the challenges of establishing and sustaining a herd where there hasn't been one for several generations...

Nonlethal program to target burgeoning Clifton deer population July 18, 2015 Ohio, WCPO
... White Buffalo Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that conducts research programs focused on wildlife, will spearhead a weeklong effort to sterilize at least 40 female deer ...

... At American Fork Ranch, they’ve found that what’s good for cattle production is also good for the wildlife - and by improving their pastures through cross fencing and adding an extensive system of waterlines, the work has also improved habitat for the native animals... antelope, whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, moose, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, coyotes, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, eastern brook trout ...

Michigan confirms chronic wasting disease in second free-ranging July 17, 2015 MDNR News
    The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have confirmed a second free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This second case is a 2-year-old male found less than a mile from the initial positive female deer, confirmed this past May. Genetic testing is being conducted to see if the two deer are related...

Second Michigan deer turns up with Chronic Wasting Disease July 17, 2015 MLive 
... A second deer in Meridian Township has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease ... The deer who tested positive most recently was a two-year-old male found less than two miles from the first Michigan deer with the disease, a six-year-old female...

Chronic wasting disease containment demands vigilance, common sense July 17, 2015 Texas, AgriLife Today
... Chronic wasting disease was reported in Far West Texas in 2012, which was the first instance in the state in wild mule deer until the Medina County confirmation reported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Animal Health Commission on July 1, 2015 ...

... there were fewer hunters again last year, and the ones that did go hunting reported less success ... 615-thousand hunters hit the woods last season, which was down over 7% from the previous year...

...  "When we covered up the reflectors with a white canvas bag, basically because we just wanted to neutralize the reflectors, we found that the white canvas bag worked better than the reflectors," ... 65 percent fewer deer carcasses in the areas where they put a white cloth bag over the reflectors simply as a control for their test ...



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... minutes later, her baby fawn was born. A West Virginia State Trooper, who responded to the call, told local media that he does not know how the newborn fawn managed to survive the impact of the collision ... The newborn fawn was taken to the Tri Lake Animal Hospital ....

Fawn causes a stir on my street July 24, 2015 West Virginia, West Virginia MetroNews
... In the rare case of abandonment other does will adopt an orphan.  Gene Thorne, a former wildlife ... once told me he often would have folks show up at his residence on the WMA with a fawn they thought was “abandoned.”  Once they brought it to him it surely was, so he would turn it loose into a field where other deer could be seen grazing and it would usually take up with another doe and be fine...

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Man guilty of endangerment in chase spawned by deer-baiting July 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, New Jersey Herald
...  A northeastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for driving up to 100 mph chasing a man accused of baiting deer, who died when he crashed...

Summer deer worth watching July 23, 2015 Indiana, KPC News
... A trail camera pointed at the water’s edge where deer come to drink will reveal them wading out into the water nearly every day in the summer. A camera set on film mode will reveal them just standing in deep water for several minutes in the hot and buggy summer months...

Idaho town outraged over killing of popular mule deer July 22, 2015 Los Angeles Times 
... For years, the big trophy buck was a celebrity around Twin Falls, Idaho... the so-called Rock Creek Monster... City prosecutors have charged a local hunter with stalking the animal, harvesting only a portion of its meat before cutting off its head and throwing the antlers into the Snake River...

A glimpse of the big buck July 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Decked out in their red coats of summer, the animals glow like neon against a backdrop of green vegetation... Summer is high season for deer sightings.  It's a time when bucks, without the pressure of fighting and breeding, often form bachelor groups and travel together. Since they haven't been hunted for months, they are also more prone to travel and feed during daylight...

A deer's desperate attempt [successful!] to escape the flames of a brush fire in the Sunol Grade area was captured on chopper video. California, July 20, 2015


... Trooper's leg was sliced off in a hay cutting accident, and it was Carol who nursed the young fawn back to health. Even while battling cancer, Carol spent her last days fighting to save the lives of animals the State, through it's laws, would not rehabilitate or release, but would kill... Current ODNR procedure is explained in the Support Trooper's Law petition ...



... Scott and his wife, Janna, have worked hard in the past 14 years to attract wildlife ... A mama deer picked a landscaping bed only feet from their duplex-style condo as a safe place to leave her baby all day, every day while she’s out foraging for food...


MDWFP urges residents to ignore white tail deer fawns July 11, 2015 Mississippi, Sun Herald
...  "If you encounter a fawn, do not pick it up." ... Early in life, it is normal for fawns to be alone for most of the day. Does take great care of their fawns and purposefully leave them bedded and hidden, returning several times a day to nurse them...

This friendly doe kept coming around and playing with the family dog on their property in Minnesota, United States. Looks like we've got an amazing animal friendship in the making! - July 15, 2015



Wildlife rehabilitator continues her fight against the DEC July 10, 2015 New York, CNYcentral.com
... A special injunction order to show cause and temporary restraining order was granted to McGinley to stop the DEC from taking two white-tail deer that she has rehabilitated... Lily was so underfed and dehydrated that she lost her ability to see... On June 29, McGinley delivered a petition with 130,000 signatures to Governor Cuomo’s Syracuse office... [ the Governors office is collecting zip codes from the number of callers on this issue, call 518-474-8390 ... McGinley launched a Facebook page, “ Save Deirdre and Lily,” and started a petition at Care2 ]

A baby deer with spots not very old couple months decides to mark territory in my yard. Youngest baby I've ever seen do this.



Kensington Metropark, Parks board member speaks out about white deer killing July 10, 2015 Michigan, Livingston Daily 
... "This is the shot in a million, and I don't mean to be cute about it, but we've never really encountered controversy in the culling," ... board member Jack Labelle ...   Gregory Miller, a nature photographer: "... it is the upper levels of park management and the police that I hold in every way responsible and accountable for the utter recklessness that caused the death of this animal," ...
Genoa man criticizes killing of white deer at park July 10, 2015 Michigan, Livingston Daily 

... 
Muelle said the sharpshooter did identify the target, but did not notice its antlers or coat against the snow. He has said his sharpshooters were told to avoid the white deer if possible, but the conditions were terrible on the night in question ...  sharpshooters are all trained and certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. ...
 
...  Despite the health scare and rejection of his mother, the young buck has started to find acceptance in a pen with other deer that have had trouble fitting in with the rest of the herd...

... In West Virginia, it is illegal to confine wildlife or secure them in an area where they are not able to roam free or come and go as they please, according to the agency... [phhoto from West Virginia Natural Resources Police]
Authorities say man lived with deer July 8, 2015 West Virginia, KCCI 8 Des Moines
... the two deer had a healthy supply of hay available to them inside the home...
...  Officers saw a deer standing in the middle of the house when they arrived and spoke with a man at the house... he picked the animals up as fawns, thinking they were injured ...
Cabell man says deer weren’t living with him July 8, 2015 West Virginia, Metro News 
... Ronnie Chapman told WSAZ-TV the deer would come as go as they please. He said he nursed the six-point deer back to health a few years ago after finding him “bleeding to death” in his front yard... 
Man charged with raising deer in his home July 8, 2015 West Virginia, WTVY-TV
... Chapman says he's perplexed why he's being persecuted for doing what he felt was the right thing... Chapman says he was in court Tuesday and had to pay a $300 fine...

...  metropark officials say the program will go on as it has for the last several years, and that the sharpshooter team that carried out the kill did everything by the book...

Fawn leaps into Clayton rescuer’s arms after wandering into storm drain July 6, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer
...  an unusual sound coming from a storm drain ... Shortly after firefighter Holly Holton made her descent, the animal leaped into her arms...  neighbors had seen what they believed was the fawn’s mother pacing up and down...

... McGinley ... a licensed Class I Wildlife Rehabilitator and owner of a 12-acre horse farm ... One of these does has been with her since birth and is now 5 years old. The other doe is a blind yearling... If you want to help McGinley, please sign her petition and make some noise. Let the state of New York know that you oppose this plan.
Wildlife Rehabilitator Fights to Stop Government From Killing Orphaned Deer July 2, 2015 New York, News With Views 
... McGinley launched a Facebook page, “ Save Deirdre and Lily,” and started a petition at Care2 that has drawn over 142,000 signatures in less than a week ... Madison County Supreme Court Justice Don Cerio signed the Order to Show Cause and Temporary Restraining Order ...
Ignoring DEC order, woman fights to save 'Deirdre and Lily,' two wild deer July 1, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... Lance Robson, of Sennett, who is chair of the New York State Fish and Wildlife Management Board, this week wrote a letter in support of the DEC's decision demand that the deer be euthanized and to deny McGinley a special license to possess and exhibit them...
Wildlife rehabilitator fights DEC to save deer June 30, 2015 New York, CNY Central 
... Cindy McGinley ... a state licensed wildlife rehabilitator ... Lily was so underfed and dehydrated that she lost her ability to see ... the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says ... told that her deer must either be released or turned over to the DEC for release or euthanization...