Deer Management News This Week

... For Pennsylvanians, the changing climate could strip away two of its state symbols: the eastern hemlock tree and the brook trout... Providing protection from erosion along stream banks, food for deer and wildlife, and shelter for deer in the winter, hemlock is also valued both as an ornamental tree and as an important source of lumber...

Mt. Lebanon, Culling of 219 deer a success, Mt. Lebanon official says April 30, 2016 Tribune-Review
... Sharpshooters and archers killed 219 deer during Mt. Lebanon's controversial effort to thin its deer herd ... Hunters killed 115 deer in a controlled sharpshooting hunt that began in February and ended in March... They killed 104 deer in an archery hunt ...

IDNR Biologists rely on the best science available when making wildlife management decisions. And our partners at the University of Illinois, including the Illinois Natural History Survey and Animal Science Department are instrumental in providing the research that is the underpinning of our management efforts. For answers to some common questions about CWD, let’s hear from the scientists studying the disease. This is the last in a four-part series on efforts to manage chronic wasting disease in Illinois. - April 29, 2016


Lets Ditch the Big, Bad Wolf Clich April 29, 2016 Michigan, Daily Beast
... “Wolves provide a firewall against new diseases in deer,” Rolf Peterson told a Michigan Senate committee when the issue of wolf hunting was being debated. “A very obvious example may be chronic wasting disease.” Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a brain disease, like Mad Cow Disease, and it’s one of the major threats to deer populations, after it spread from deer farms and captive hunting facilities to free-ranging deer populations ...

Deer harvest increases 33 percent in WNC April 29, 2016 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... Hunters taking advantage of the now-legal, but long tabooed Sunday hunting - on private land - was one of the reasons behind an increase in the deer harvest across North Carolina last year.  The 2015-16 season harvest was up 5.8 percent ...

Indiana 2015 Deer Season Summary April 29, 2016 Indiana DNR
     A total of 123,664 harvested deer were reported in Indiana during the 2015 season.  This harvest was 3% greater than the 120,073 deer taken during the 2014 season.  The antlered deer harvest of 50,379 was 10% higher than the 45,686 reported in 2014.  The anterless harvest of 73,285 was 1% less than the 74,387 harvested in 2014.  In 2015, the reported harvest for total deer ranks 10th  all-time, while the total anterless deer harvest ranks 100th highest in Indiana history.  Approximately 3.5 million deer have been reported harvested during the past 64 deer hunting seasons in Indiana. Read the full report.

Kane County bow hunting to continue, possibly expand April 29, 2016 Indiana, Chicago Daily Herald
...  Kane County Forest Preserve District ...  52, participated in the bow hunting program this past season than ever before. The program also netted revenues of $3,338 -- also a new high. Hunters harvested 44 deer in the program... Of the harvested deer, one from Big Rock tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Opening 13000 acres for the public to enjoy April 29, 2016 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
...  Rather than sell to a golf course developer, the land owner, Stimson Lumber Company, preferred to sell the development rights, valued at $12.6 million, and keep the land in timber production in perpetuity. This transaction would help protect the region’s drinking water; protect wetlands; maintain habitat for elk, deer, moose, bear, forest grouse ...

Whitetails are much more than pets April 28, 2016 Minnesota, Agri News
... Ryan and Trudy Lickfelt's daughter asked for a pet deer almost eight years ago... The 28-acre hobby farm a few miles south of Hutchinson has evolved into 21 whitetail deer — five does and 17 bucks... It costs $300-350 per head to care for the deer each year ... We have a lot of people who want two deer to bottle feed and want them as pets ...

Wildfire generates new life for Shenandoah National Park April 29, 2016 Virginia, newsplex.com
...  Rocky Mount Fire has charred more than 10,000 acres ...  fire is mother nature's way of recycling ... "We'll see new plants and animals ... new grasses new songbirds more whitetail deer ...

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UP wolf survey shows no significant change in population April 28, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... Currently, deer numbers in the U.P. are at lows not seen in decades and we wondered if there would be a decline in wolf numbers ... a minimum of 618 wolves ...  no significant change since 2014...

Three charged with white-tailed deer importation April 28, 2016 Texas, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Durrett owns and operates a 9,000-acre enclosed ranch in Stonewall County, Texas. According to the indictment, deer were moved from Durrett's ranch to Dewayne Slade's enclosure, "...for the purpose of breeding and killing trophy white-tailed buck deer." ...

Lawmakers discussing solutions to combat CWD April 27, 2016 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune, Rep. Chris Danou
... some of the suggestions we gave:   Consider intensive culls in sites where new infections have been discovered ... Study whether lures that contain deer urine or other bodily fluids or parts such as tarsal glands (attractants) contain CWD prions...

Elk Foundation wrong about CWD in Ky. April 27, 2016 Kentucky, Beckley Register-Herald
...In Arkansas, CWD was found in elk. Elk were imported to the state in the 1980s from out west — including CWD-positive Colorado ... Kentucky may not be CWD-free at all — the disease simply may not have been found yet...

Oklahoma hunters can soon use suppressors on public land April 27, 2016 Guns.com
... HB 2637, revises state law to grant the use of federally approved suppressors on public land. An amendment that would have made it unlawful to use subsonic ammunition ... was later removed before passage...The Oklahoma State Game Warden Association ... lobbied against the public land expansion ...

DNR steps up chronic wasting monitoring April 27, 2016 Michigan, Petoskey News-Review
... (DNR) wants to double the number of core areas monitored for deadly chronic wasting disease.  This expansion would include six new townships in Eaton County and two in Clinton County... The first case in the state was discovered at a deer farm in 2008 ... “You’ll see the damage maybe 40 years down the road. We’re trying to prevent that now.” ...

Scott Walker wants CWD strategies ramped up April 26, 2016 Wisconsin, Appleton Post Crescent
... State Reps. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) and Nick Milroy (D-South Range) presented six CWD management recommendations to the governor's staff, including intensive culls at new infection sites and requiring double fencing at captive deer facilities...

Rare deer still struggle April 26, 2016 Washington, Chinook Observer
... trying to save the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer since the late 1960s, with mixed results...  while their range has expanded somewhat, their small population size, fragmented habitat and low-quality food sources are hurting chances of recovery... The Roseburg population includes at least 6,000 animals ...

CDAC, sportsmen disagree on deer quota numbers April 26, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... when the deer population plummets, as it has in recent years, sportsmen become concerned and, in some cases, angry.  The Washburn County Deer Advisory Council is tasked with managing the deer herd ... We have a logging industry and a forestry products industry that produces a lot of money for Washburn County. That’s a consideration ... The majority of people thought there were too many public land tags discussed in March ...

Deer harvest of 2015-16 shows improvement over previous year April 25, 2016 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... North Carolina hunters tagged 162,558 whitetails during the 2015-16 season, a 5.8-percent increase over the previous season ... better than in 2014-15, when hemorrhagic disease and a huge acorn crop dropped the harvest by a stunning 18.3 percent... ... Read the full report ...

... A deer in Madison County and another deer in Pope County were positive for the fatal disease. Both deer were road kills that were reported by the public... Eighty-one deer and three elk have been found to be positive....

...  three consecutive years of good fawn production, and overwinter survival combined with milder winter weather conditions... Biologists counted 2,880 mule deer in 306.3 square miles during this year’s survey...

North Dakota Game and Fish big game biologist Bill Jensen talks about the 2015 deer harvest. - April 25, 2016


Wildlife take a liking to bridge over Oracle Road April 25, 2016 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star
... In 2006, the Arizona Department of Transportation identified the Oracle Road area as a critical habitat linkage in a statewide study ... Mule deer walked across North Oracle Road earlier this month ... One of the main goals of the bridge is to connect the Coronado National Forest with the Tortolita Mountains. ...

Maintain 11K Jackson elk April 25, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... The actual number of elk has been within 20 percent of the objective since 1998... The portion of the herd that spends summers in the southern, more developed portion of Jackson Hole has ballooned, while long-distance migrants that venture all the way to the Teton Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park have dwindled...

...The Louisiana Legislature enthusiastically sent House Bill 179 to Edwards desk Monday (April 25). It would allow people to wear "blaze pink" in addition to "hunter orange" during the open gun hunting season...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will spray for gypsy moths April 25, 2016 PGC News
... The spraying follows a 2015 statewide inventory of gypsy-moth impacts that detected defoliation on more than 90,000 acres... will spray for gypsy moths on more than 32,000 acres of state game lands this spring, the largest spraying effort to protect wildlife habitat since 2008... “Prior to gypsy-moth impacts, oak trees in Huntingdon County reportedly were producing 173 pounds of acorns per acre,” he explained. “After gypsy moths, the same areas were yielding only 67 pounds of acorns per acre... Deer reproduction and their survival over winter suffer when acorns are sparse. Neotropical birds, such as cerulean warblers, occupy habitats dominated by oaks. Wild turkey and ruffed grouse populations also depend on acorns.” ...

State hunters deer take drops 15 percent April 24, 2016 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
 ... DEC issued 626,389 DMPs in 2015, and that figure represents 45,393 fewer permits than 2014 or a nearly seven percent decrease ...  While many areas, particularly in the Northern Zone, harbor too few deer in the eyes of hunters ... DEC faces the task of population reduction, particularly in portions of central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Lake Plains of Western New York...

State hunters play big role in controlling CWD April 24, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
...  The fastest and most efficient way for CWD to colonize new areas is to be transported in by hunters... No matter where you kill it, process the deer or have it processed there. Don't transport it to other counties.  CWD will not annihilate our deer and elk ...

Forget athlete bios, new research project creates deer profiles April 23, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... one Wyoming wildlife project is ... allowing people to “adopt” a deer... for a price, someone can pay for a tracking collar and some of the costs of research that go along with that deer. A webpage will then be created for the specific animal ... [see the groups Facebook page]

Checking in on Maine's deer herd after mild winter April 23, 2016 Lewiston Sun Journal
...  we’re looking at a winter that may be tied for the most mild winter, at least for deer, going back to 1975.  "The estimated over-winter mortality this year is expected to be a little over five percent; this is about six percent below the long-term average for the state (averages a little over 11 percent) ... Overall 20,325 deer were registered during 2015 [hunt] ... 

Extending deer season not the way to go April 23, 2016 Alabama, Tuscaloosa News
... The landscape in Alabama is perfectly suited for growing large numbers of deer ... the vast amount of overgrown cutover and commercial pine thickets in Alabama offer ideal cover ... Throughout the majority of the season, squirrel and rabbit hunters are pushed on to Alabama’s limited public hunting areas because of conflicts with deer hunters on private land...

Evaluating a strategy to deliver vaccine to white‐tailed deer at a landscape level  JW Fischer, CR Blass, WD Walter, CW Anderson… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016
... During 17 February and 2 March 2011, we created a grid of experimental bait stations (n = 64) on Sandhill Wildlife Management Area, Wisconsin ... We found no correlation between bait consumption and deer density or the number of bait stations per deer. We provide the first information on use of baits by free-ranging deer and nontarget wildlife to eventually vaccinate deer against bTB at a landscape level...
MDC finds new CWD cases during past‐season testing April 22, 2016 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation
... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final results from its 2015‐2016 fall and winter testing of nearly 7,700 free‐ranging deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Seven were confirmed to be positive for the fatal deer‐disease. Three were from Adair County, two from Macon County, one from Linn County, and one from Franklin County (reported earlier in the year).  The new cases bring the total number of Missouri free‐ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 33 since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010...

Sawyer County, Deer council stays with zero quota April 22, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... ratified by a 4-0 vote its preliminary recommendations of a zero quota for antlerless deer, including no junior antlerless tags, for the 2016 deer bow, crossbow, rifle and muzzle loader season... Stowell said the deer herd did not significantly grow in 2015 even with the zero quota of antlerless deer....

New N.Y. rules irk wildlife rehabilitators April 22, 2016 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
... New York’s wildlife rehabilitators, who nurse injured hawks and rescue abandoned fawns, are up in arms over tight new license conditions from Albany.  The license conditions issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation forbid rehabilitators from giving anything more than the most basic assistance to adult deer, and limit their interaction with fawns...

Notable Number from the 2015 Deer Harvest April 22, 2016 New York, DEC News
... 52,581 --- estimated number of bucks taken in 2015 that were 2.5 years old or older. Only 47% of bucks taken statewide were yearlings (52% in units without antler restrictions). Bucks don’t get older if they get shot when they’re young. Consider passing up shots on young, small-antlered bucks... 15.9 and 0.6 --- number of deer taken per square mile in the units with the highest (WMU 8N) and lowest (WMUs 5C and 5F) harvest density...

For the first time in 22 years, a review of what the population objective should be for one of Wyoming’s most iconic mule deer herds is being offered to the public for their comment. April 22, 2016 Wyoming


CWD recommendations made to Scott Walker April 21, 2016 Wisconsin, Appleton Post Crescent
... Two Democratic legislators ... suggested the following steps ... double-fencing of captive deer farms ... Consider intensive culls at sites where new infections have been discovered... Analyze other states' policies regarding baiting and feeding of deer...

CWD hit a record high this year and that has some State Representatives talking - April 22, 2016 Wisconsin



AGFC releases prevalence rate for CWD April 21, 2016 Arkansas, Baxter Bulletin
...  the first phase of sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease and has found a 23 percent prevalence rate in Newton and Boone counties. Of 266 randomly collected wild deer, 62 were found to have the fatal disease ... AGFC Director Mike Knoedl has proposed to ban the practice of baiting deer  ... the deer herd in Arkansas, which is estimated at one million ...

Protecting sage grouse is good for Montana April 21, 2016 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... Montana’s sagebrush steppe supports antelope, mule deer, sharptail grouse and hundreds of other species of wildlife. Our remaining unbroken prairies sets us apart from other states, which have unwitting frittered away this important habitat ...

Foundation working to increase mule deer habitat April 21, 2016 North Dakota, 
The Dickinson Press
... The population of the North Dakota mule deer has struggled over the past five years due to the climate, loss of habitat and predation, and because of that there have been increased efforts in maintaining the population.  “We had about three winters in a row that just decimated the wildlife in western North Dakota ...

Watching over the herd  April 21, 2016 Colorado, Sky-Hi News
... The current population of the Middle Park mule deer herd is roughly 16,800 with a rate of 49 bucks per 100 does. The population is above CP&Ws population objectives for the region, which is 10,500 to 12,500 mule deer...  “We take any herd in the state and apply numbers from these herds to other herds,” Oldham said. “We don’t have the resources to monitor every deer in the state. That is why we apply those survival studies to other herds.” ...

... with just two indigenous wolves remaining, aged and genetically substandard, a rescue undertaken now is unlikely to help. So the National Park Service is considering whether to let wolves disappear for good or reintroduce them a few years hence... The island’s moose herd has been swelling rapidly for several years as wolves were fading and is now conservatively estimated at about 1,300...

Waupaca CDAC reverses course on fall deer hunt April 21, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Hunters still don’t want to shoot does, or at least not many of them. And they still claim the deer aren’t there, even though Tuesday night’s standing-room-only crowd of about 750 represented Waupaca County ... didn’t leave until Waupaca’s County Deer Advisory Council voted 4-1 to abandon its recommendation to forbid buck hunting in the county this fall...

Wisconsin elk reintroduction project highlights strong partnerships April 21, 2016 DEC News
... The goal of this multi-year reintroduction project [PDF] is to work closely with partners to establish a second elk herd in central Wisconsin and bolster the existing herd in northern Wisconsin. The 39 elk trapped in Kentucky in 2016 will be released in Jackson County, while the remaining years of this project will focus on adding up to 75 elk to the Clam Lake elk herd that was established in 1995...

Types of Habitat Used by White-tail Deer - April 21, 2016 Pennsylvania


... Republican Gov. Scott Walker is considering Democrats' calls to launch another attempt to aggressively kill deer in hopes of containing chronic wasting disease ... After spending millions of dollars on the eradication effort, the DNR backed off in 2010. The agency adopted a new plan that called for monitoring the spread but included no broad actions to contain ...

Wasting disease prevalent in early tests April 21, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... To limit the spread of the disease beyond north Arkansas, Game and Fish Commission Director Mike Knoedl recommended that the commission consider banning the baiting of deer with corn and eliminating mineral blocks, a known transmission medium for the disease... Of the 77 bucks sampled, 25, or about 30 percent, tested positive...

...  2,500 antlerless tags on private lands and none for public lands ... the measure is projected to help increase the deer herd by approximately 20 percent...

Arizona Game and Fish Department captures footage of mule deer using the State Route 77 wildlife overpass within a week of installing cameras. April, 2016


The Buzz About Drones April 20, 2016 Nevada, Vegas Seven
...  the Federal Aviation Administration designated Nevada as one of six drone test sites in 2013, Las Vegas has become a hotbed for drone development ... people scavenging deer antlers in Utah are among the groups of people actually using drones to make money ...

... the 11 westernmost contiguous states excluding Alaska and Hawaii — lost more than 4,300 square miles of what it calls "natural lands" ... California lost the largest amount of natural land to development between 2001 and 2011... 784 square miles ...  it has highly alarming implications for the mule deer or the grizzly bear who need connected corridors of land to survive...

Why Plus/Minus is Good Enough for Deer Management
 April 20, 2016 Michigan, Michigan United Conservation Clubs
... More states are heading in the direction of using estimates to manage deer herds based on trends year to year, but like Michigan, also taking other factors such as deer damage, and road kill into account as well. No, Michigan does not know an EXACT number, but they are confident in a LIKELY number, and more importantly, how the deer population is trending....

Mild winter means good Wyoming hunting April 20, 2016 Wyoming Tribune-Eagle News
... deer and antelope populations are growing statewide. Elk numbers statewide remain above objectives ... 2016 Hunting Forecast

Hearing set for proposed deer season April 20, 2016 Iowa, Radio Iowa
... we have a herd population that is stabilizing over a great part of the state... We still have parts of the state that have an abundance of deer, and the anterless quotas we have reflect that ... full proposal on the Iowa DNR’s website at: www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.

CWD rate exceeds acceptable threshold in north Arkansas April 20, 2016 Arkansas Online
...  the prevalence rate of chronic wasting disease in wild whitetailed deer is 23 percent after completing the first phase of testing in north Arkansas... Such a high prevalence rate, coupled with a high infection rate among fawns, strongly suggests the disease has been present for a long time ...

... Hundreds of hunters ... voicing their opposition ...  “This last year was the least amount of deer that have ever seen hunting in the 50 plus years. So the population is way down, we have lots of wolves, bear in there, and I think it’s affecting the population. If it’s overpopulated, I’m not seeing it by our area.” ...





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3 men fined for roles in videotaped deer beating April 30, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
...  passengers in a a yellow Ford Escort when it struck the deer, and the men loaded the stunned and injured animal into the car ... The deer revived in the car, and the video shows one of the men repeatedly striking the animal on the head  ... The car pulled over eventually, and the men dragged the deer into a ditch along the highway and left it ...
... The video surfaced in January, showing 20-year-old Joshua Rewis of Villa Rica, Georgia, in the back of a vehicle hitting a deer with a textbook. Rewis was charged with a misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals and wasting wildlife...
     Men Charged In Hitting Deer With Book Appear in Court April 29, 2016 Arkansas, KARK
... a $2250 fine ... ordered to have a psych evaluation within 90 days...

Deer Caught In Wolf Trap Was Panicked Until Someone Came To Help - April 29, 2016


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Hear Elk Scream Like Demons From Lord of the Rings April 21, 2016 National Geographic
... At over 700 pounds (318 kilograms), the North American elk is one of the biggest deer species alive today. ... male elk produce shrill rutting calls known as bugles.... why do the elk need such an elaborate sound system? Mating, of course...

... sells the antlers in bulk to exporters, where there’s a big market for it as a medicine in Asia... he buys deer and elk antler sheds people find in the mountains ...

Sheriff 'shocked' by video depicting injured deer, unborn fawn April 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
... The video posted online ... "Found out the deer I shot yesterday was actually 2 of em lmao."  Another clip shows a young man riding a deer that appears to be shot and the deer struggling to move.  A third clip shows a pile of entrails and says, "two more babies." ...

Officials at the Department of Natural Resources are investigating a possible violation of deer hunting rules after seeing a video that was shared on Facebook claiming "torture" of a deer.

Hunters call video depicted dying deer 'absolutely wrong' April 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
... Tim Verhoff, a former assistant district attorney in Dance County, said it's not clear whether the two actually broke any laws. State law also protects hunting, which means hunters are allowed to kill wild animals... 


Couple Rescues Deer After It Falls into Their Pool April 11, 2016 Pennsylvania, WNEP-TV 16
... “I started tapping on the pool. He came right over to me like he knew and I just reached in, grabbed him, lift him up, put him on the ground,” ... His rear legs weren't working at all. They were just frozen...  put towels and blankets and I laid on top of him for a couple minutes to try to warm him up ...

Watch: Cop rescues deer that got caught in net April 6, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... a deer had gotten caught by its antlers in netting surrounding a basketball court... "I think the coolest part was the end, when he just pauses for a second looking at us after I got him free," Majek says. "I don't know if he was contemplating killing me or thanking me." ... [video below]

It was a dramatic rescue for Woodbridge police officer and Scotch Plains resident Tim Majek as he helped cut free a deer who got stuck in netting. - April6, 2016, New Jersey


Oregon's Moose Count April 6, 2016 The Source Weekly
... Oregon's moose ... are Shiras moose, the smallest subspecies in North America. Even so, males still tip the scales at 1,000 pounds —mid-sized when compared with a typical 1,500-pound Alaska-Yukon bull moose. The female Shiras moose can weigh around 700 to 800 pounds...  Last count there were about 60 of them in Oregon, scattered across parts of the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests ...

...The first year or two with Bloomquist, the Ericksons and Pionks found 20-some moose sheds. The next year, they hit the mid-30s. Last year, they brought home a phenomenal 55 moose sheds...

... Thirteen thousand years ago, bison, deer and elk shared the landscape with American lions, ground sloths, dire wolves and the massive Columbian mammoth — larger, at up to 10 tons, than its arctic relative the woolly mammoth...

... In the video [on his Facebook page], you can see the yearling black tail deer stuck and struggling on a muddy hillside. The heavy equipment operator jumped into action, trying to clear mud from around it. Finally, he delicately scoops it up in his bucket,... [see additional video below]

An alarm activation at a plot of land might indicate an intruder, but Bill Davis was surprised to discover that the intruders triggering his alarm were two young deer that had become trapped in a large mound of mud. Luckily, the equipment on site allowed Bill and a colleague to mount a rescue of the small animals. The rescue was successful and the confused deer left the site without injury.


Shed Hunting: Don't Pressure Winter-Stressed Deer March 25, 2016 Outdoor Life Magazine 
...  a few western states (Wyoming and Colorado) have enacted regulations to protect wintering animals.   By and large this is not an issue in most deer habitats, but if your deer yard up in winter or migrate to gentler slopes, you need to think twice before running them all over the county...

Rampaging, indestructible AI deer wreaking havoc in GTA V March 25, 2016 Silicon Republic
... a deer in the game [Grand Theft Auto] that isn’t controlled by him or any player, but is rather an AI [artificial intelligence] program that machine learns where to go in the game.  Not only can it teleport itself anywhere in the world created for GTA V if it finds itself in trouble ... 

Mitchell County 'suicidal deer' sign to remain despite controversy March 22, 2016 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
... Mitchell County’s sign warning motorists of “suicidal deer” on Highway 105 will remain in place for now.  The sign was placed by the Mitchell County Supervisors north of St. Ansgar with the hope motorists would notice the unusual wording and pay attention in high-traffic deer areas...

Shed hunters shut out by giant non-typical buck March 21, 2016 Illinois, Outdoor News
... “Forest Preserves staff determined that for the safety of the animal, as well as safety of humans, the unusually large antlers needed to be removed ...The deer was temporarily apprehended and during apprehension, the antlers came off. The deer was administered medical assistance, tagged and then released.” ...