Deer Management News This Week

Idaho Fish and Game closes 3 wildlife management areas January 21, 2017 Idaho State Journal
... The three WMAs were established to permanently protect portions of big game critical winter range in the Southeast Region. During severe winters like the one we are experiencing this year, approximately 2,000 mule deer, 250 elk and about a dozen moose can utilize these WMAs...

Chronic wasting disease identified in two Mecosta County farmed deer January 20, 2017 Michigan, State of Michigan
   Chronic wasting disease was confirmed this week in two female deer from a Mecosta County deer farm.  CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the second time the disease has been found in a farmed deer facility in Michigan. In 2008, a white-tailed deer from a Kent County deer farm tested positive...
     Fatal wasting disease strikes Michigan deer farm January 20, 2017 Michigan, MLive.com
...  Two farm-raised deer in Mecosta County have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ... a total of 11 deer, captive and wild, have now tested positive for CWD in the past two years...

White-tailed deer tests positive for CWD near Dassel January 20, 2017 Minnesota, Crow River Media
... The board’s records show this positive deer was born on the CWD positive Crow Wing County farm and moved to the Meeker County farm in December 2014.  As of Dec. 30, 2016, there are three confirmed CWD positive farmed deer in Minnesota. Two are associated with the previously reported case in Crow Wing County...

Government needs to support CWD research January 20, 2017 Wisconsin, Stevens Point Journal
...Bishop said ...research into CWD’s economic and sociological impacts remains ignored. Specifically, we’ve had no economic studies of CWD’s impacts since December 2005, and no “human dimensions” research into CWD’s sociological impacts for at least seven years ...

.. moving ahead with an emergency operation to bait deer with food to try to draw them away from a highway – a project reflecting worries about deer survival after heavy snowfall and a spike in vehicles hitting deer along the highway that cuts through critical habitat...

Delegate seeks input on deer management issues along Eastern shore January 19, 2017 Maryland, My Eastern Shore
... first proposal originated from the farm bureau ... would allow the holder of a crop damage permit who has received a shooter proficiency card from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to harvest deer with a rifle on their property... expand the hunting firearm season two weeks ...

TWRA invites hunter input January 19, 2017 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
... Over the next few weeks hunters can make their feelings known to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency by submitting comments and suggestions... I oppose further regulations that favor trophy deer hunting...

1st Chronic Wasting Disease case in captive deer since 2014 January 19, 2017 Pennsylvania, Outbreak News Today
... The four-year-old white-tailed deer was harvested from a hunting preserve in Franklin County in November 2016...

2016 in ReviewMule Deer Continue Rebound January 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News
... The mule deer population continues to recover following the devastating winters of 2008-11, with its third consecutive year of fawn production near or above the long-term average.  From 2012-15, Game and Fish did not issue any antlerless mule deer licenses in eight badlands hunting units...

Winter feeding needs to start before it's too late January 18, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  a proposal to add money to hunting licenses to establish a dedicated fund for big game winter feeding...  (HB596) passed but unfortunately was amended to include verbage for monies for depredation, along with other things... there is no incentive for the F&G to spend any sizable amounts of money out of the account for feeding starving animals, which was the true intent of the legislation...

Fawns dying at a surprising rate January 18, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... In 2015 the surprise cause of death for young mule deer that roam the Wyoming Range was adenovirus ... “We lost over half of the fawns from 2016 by November,” Fralick said. “That’s fairly substantial mortality, and we’re not even through the winter this year... predation was the leading cause of death ...

Indiana and Illinois team up to fight hunting license fraud January 18, 2017  Illinois News Network
... We know that in Illinois we have really big deer running around and very big bucks ... These guys want to come to Illinois and hunt, but they don’t want to pay the nonresident fees...

... Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 263,832 deer... data

CPW to commence 'baiting' operation January 17, 2017 Colorado, Gunnison Country Times
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW will start a baiting operation in the Gunnison Basin to move deer and elk away from roads and to counter the effects of recent snowfall ...

Cold and hungry deer crowding Butte County ranchers January 17, 2017 South Dakota, Kotatv
... It's gotten so bad in the last couple of weeks that wildlife officials have authorized dozens of special off-season “pool hunts” to trim the herd. “In my almost 20 years as a conservation officer I don't believe I've seen this much wildlife damage as a result of a severe winter,” ...

Supplemental deer feeding permits available in southern UP January 17, 2017 Michigan, UPMatters.com
... Easily digestible food sources most beneficial for feeding deer include grains, second-cut alfalfa, clover, and pelletized deer food. Although deer make use of apples, potatoes, sugar beets, carrots, and many other foods during summer and fall, these provide little benefit for deer during winter conditions and are not legal for supplemental feeding under permits...

Colorado's controversial plan to kill deer's predators January 17, 2017 Cortez Journal
... State wildlife departments in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and other states have been trying to boost declining mule deer numbers for decades. In Colorado, the latest proposal has already created controversy: killing cougars and bears in the Piceance Basin and the Upper Arkansas River in hopes of increasing deer numbers...

Volunteers install fencing to keep elk off I-90 near Vantage January 17, 2017 Washington, Daily Record-News
... olunteers with the Mule Deer Foundation, and staff with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Transportation worked to put up new fencing over the weekend. The fencing will cover close to six miles of the interstate...

... natural fires are allowed to burn and “prescribed burns” are set in many natural areas, that’s not possible on Jekyll Island because of the number of homes, hotels and other structures.  “It might be fire suppression is having a bigger effect than the deer,” said University of Georgia professor Elizabeth King ...

DWR begins feeding deer near Bear Lake January 17, 2017 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune (blog)
... Division of Wildlife Resources has joined hunting groups to begin feeding deer near Bear Lake ... more than 30 inches of snow and bitter, cold temperatures, are threatening the survival of many deer...  Garden City construction ... donated time and heavy equipment to clear snow out of areas so pellets can be spread."...

Update On Washington Winter Range Conditions For Deer, Elk January 16, 2017 nwsportsmanmag.com
... In late December, WDFW reported over 1150 elk at the Cowiche and more than 700 elk at feeding stations in western Yakima Counties ...

Beware of deer hunting this month in areas around Ithaca January 16, 2017 New York, 
14850.com
... a deer management focus area “to enable intensive management of over-abundant deer populations” in areas around New York, including Ithaca and Tompkins County... 

Minnesota needs to fight CWD January 15, 2017 La Crosse Tribune
... CWD most likely originated from sheep scrapies in a Colorado research facility in the late 1960s. Intentional and unintentional movement of CWD-infected animals has distributed the disease and it was found in Wisconsin in 2002...

Bill seeks to limit DNR's authority to seize wildlife, firearms January 15, 2017 Iowa, DesMoinesRegister.com
... The acquittal of an Iowa hunter accused of using bait to shoot a once-in-a-lifetime whitetail deer is driving a new effort to limit Iowa conservation officers' authority to seize firearms and trophy antlers in suspected poaching cases....

The deer are all right January 15, 2017 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Fish and Game has started emergency feeding big game in eastern Idaho, where a wildfire last summer burned through a lot of the food supply, and in the Wood River Valley in southern Idaho to keep elk off the highway and out of agricultural operations...

Protected areas critical to Central Oregon deer January 15, 2017 The Register-Guard
... disturbances from people can force deer to burn more vital calories, while also displacing them from a safe spot to areas where they face more challenges, including predators ... they’re starving to death ...

Warm weather boosts CWD special hunt January 14, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... hunters were out in force to harvest deer to provide samples for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' chronic wasting disease management ... 550 deer with the initial goal of 900 deer...  "I love doing it." ...

Kentucky deer hunters close in on record January 14, 2017 The Courier-Journal
... Through Wednesday, 138,364 whitetails had been checked, the fourth all-time highest season kill... the third highest season mark (138,898 set in 2014) could easily be eclipsed ...

... As of Dec. 8  ... Nearly 50,000 deer had been harvested, compared to 45,000 last year and 42,500 in 2013...

Double standard for dumping dead deer January 14, 2017 New York, SILive.com
... resident Tom Puma found the state's mass deer grave  ...  completely shocked and saddened ... The DEC told us that no laws or regulations were broken ... But it's illegal for private citizens ...

Deer disease options sought January 14, 2017 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... Wayne Laroche, who heads the state Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management ... aimed to dispel rumors about a mass culling of the deer population — a tactic he said has failed elsewhere ... “If we can’t do it with sharpshooters and at night with silencers, then we can’t expect the hunters are going to do a better job than that,” ...

...  Thirty-eight deer have now tested positive for the disease since MDC began monitoring CWD in Missouri... Houghton, R-Martinsburg, and Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, have both filed legislation changing laws regarding captive cervids, namely changing the definition of livestock to include captive deer and making them easier to sell and transfer ...

Deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease in Franklin County January 13, 2017 Pennsylvania, Chambersburg Public Opinion
... a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the first new case in a captive deer farm since 2014... four-year-old white-tailed deer was harvested from a hunting preserve in Franklin County in November 2016 ...

... “These deer are exhausted, confused and without options,”  ... “This specially formulated pellet gives deer the correct balance of energy and protein the animals need,” ...

Ann Arbor, Hunters oppose Ann Arbor's plan to sterilize deer January 13, 2017 Michigan, Interlochen
"... shooting of deer within the city limits, within city parks, shook many members, many community member’s sense of their home," says [Mayor] Taylor ... Hunting groups, like the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, are speaking out against the plan to sterilize... hunters would be happy to shoot those deer ... 
Autauga public hunting area named for former conservation commisisoner January 13, 2017 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
... Dating back to the 1950s, whitetail deer were present in only a few of Alabama’s 67 counties, mostly in southwest and west Alabama. Now the state has one of the longest deer seasons in the nation...

Deer council reviews CWD plan January 12, 2017 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Wisconsin’s County Deer Advisory Councils are meeting this month to review the state’s CWD Response Plan. The state Department of Natural Resources uses the plan, which covers 2010-25, as a guide ...

Based on 2016 harvest, state's deer herd appears to be growing January 12, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... the preliminary 2016 statewide deer harvest was 171,026, a 7 percent increase from the 2013-2015 harvest average of 157,972.  The past two relatively mild winters have aided the recovery...

... in Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell counties ... feeding wildlife outside of the Sept. 1-Dec. 31 baiting season is no longer allowed... in response to the discovery of chronic wasting disease ...

Antietam, State OKs deer reduction plan for Antietam battlefield January 12, 2017 Maryland, Washington Post
... sharpshooters from the Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services unit to kill 243 deer ...

Nelson seeks federal funding as screwworm spreads to Florida mainland January 11, 2017 Florida, Palm Beach Post (blog)
... “More than 130 endangered Key deer have already fallen victim to the screwworm. We cannot allow the white-tailed deer population ... to collapse too ... In the Homestead area ... A stray dog found there Dec. 19 tested positive for the fly larvae...

Mentor, Deer culling starts in northeast Ohio, Mentor using sharpshooters January 11, 2017 NewsNet 5
... A mother deer and a baby come up to the fence and let me pet them on the head ...

The State of Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota January 11, 2017 Lighthouse News Daily
...DNR officials have started a sanctioned mass hunt of the animals as a way to reduce the chances of healthy deer encountering the infected ones...

... The numbers follow the department’s implementation of the “antlerless permit allocations” program, with hunters voluntarily reducing their antlerless harvests to help the deer population rebound...

If intensive game management works, show us the numbers January 11, 2017 Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News
... Intensive management is supposed to consider both predator control and habitat enhancement as ways to boost moose and caribou populations. But habitat manipulation is difficult, expensive and often controversial ... Consequently, intensive management often boils down to shooting or trapping predators...

West Virginia hunters harvest 112,384 deer in 2016 January 11, 2017 West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
     Preliminary counts indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 112,384 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. This year’s total harvest was 19 percent below the 2015 deer harvest of 138,493 and 15 percent below the five-year average 

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... Both Indiana and Illinois law states, “No person may claim residency in more than one state at the same time for the purpose of purchasing resident hunting or fishing licenses.”  
Indiana has recorded an estimated 57 defendants because of this investigation ...

Managers to meet on deer January 10, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... herds weren’t in a good position for much growth ... fawn-to-doe ratio in the Wyoming Range herd’s northern ranges ... came in at 58 per 100 during a recent aerial survey, the lowest observed in over two decades ...

More infected deer found in Fillmore County January 10, 2017 Wisconsin, KIMT 3
...  killed within a mile of the first two deer that tested positive for CWD.  If these new results are confirmed, it would mean the disease has been found in five deer in the Preston area...

DEC officials don't support revising deer muzzleloader season January 10, 2017 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
... Legislator David W. Forsythe, R-Lisbon, has argued that the schedule should be reversed so doe can’t be harvested in December, when they are more likely to be pregnant with two or more deer. The switch would allow doe to be harvested during the fall muzzleloader season, when they are less likely to be pregnant...

... it has received final results from the more than 19,200 tissue samples tested for chronic wasting disease ... five deer have tested positive ... in southeast Adair County ... in northwest Macon County, and ,,, southwest Franklin County...

TB surveillance to be scaled back January 10, 2017 Indiana, Newsexaminer
... bovine tuberculosis disease, diagnosed earlier this year in a cattle herd in northern Franklin County and then spread to one other cattle herd and some wild white-tailed deer ... the state has cancelled plans to use sharpshooters to cull deer from northern Franklin and southern Fayette counties ...

Wildlife Feeding Concerns January 9, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF
... Providing feed such as corn, which is high in sugar and starch, can lead to acidosis, rumentis and ultimately death.  ... “One alternative to feeding wildlife is for individuals, landowners or wildlife clubs to plow open areas of harvested grain or row crop fields to allow animals to gain access to waste grains ...These areas are also the first areas to melt off when we get a break in the weather.” ...

Town & Country Vigil Will Protest City's Deer Cull January 9, 2017 Missouri, Riverfront Times
... A former Town & Country councilman ... who has a Ph.D in mathematics, argued during his time on the council that, while sterilization was more costly on the front end, it would actually save money over time.  It can cost $1,200 to sterilize a deer, and just $300 to hire a professional to kill one, he acknowledges. "But if you sterilize a deer, that's fourteen or fifteen offspring you don't have to kill ...

Rare foot rot disease may be infecting Kansas deer population January 8, 2017 Topeka Capital Journal
... wildlife disease coordinator with the KDWPT, said he is working with a cooperative lab based in Georgia to try and figure out the cause of the high numbers of foot rot reports ... We see cases every year like this, but this year seems to be a worse year for hoof disease ...

Wildlife species face harsh winter January 8, 2017 North Dakota, Aberdeen News
... deer are already in survival mode which is much earlier than in most winters. Deer are already showing signs of stress, a cause of concern for wildlife biologists at a time when the state's deer herd was beginning to rebound ...

Ticks killing moose in other states, but what about deer in PA? January 8, 2017 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... While the winter tick is present in Pennsylvania, Brown said deer  are much better at grooming themselves than moose... “Every animal that comes into my shop has ticks,” Kotula said. “We used to not see them on bears, but not anymore. We just don’t get the cold winters anymore, and that’s what killed the ticks.”

Fisher Resurgence: Once extinct in Pennsylvania forests, a big active predator is on the rebound January 8, 2017 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... we’ve seen the most diverse diet, including each other, of all forest predators; there’s nothing they won’t eat,” said Matt Lovallo, wildlife biologist in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Game Mammals Section. “With some food items like deer, whether it’s predation or scavenging ...

Tenn. hunters cussing, discussing antlerless deer rule January 7, 2017 Tennessee, The Commercial Appeal
... As of Friday morning, 82,331 male deer have been killed during the 2016-17 season ... compares to 89,202 bucks killed last season...  antlerless deer killed thus far this year compared to a year ago — 62,662 to 74,659...

Game Check not quite a C+ despite ease of use January 7, 2017 Alabama, Buckmasters Online
... Chuck Sykes ... director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division, ... checking the number of deer reported through the Game Check system which became mandatory for the 2016-2017 season. “I figured only about a third of the deer killed were being reported,” ..

Deadline nears to report 2016 hunts January 6, 2017 Oregon, Mail Tribune
... Nearly 21,700 Oregon hunters who failed to report their 2014 hunting successes paid the $25 penalty when buying licenses last year, generating $541,700 ....

Dangerous Wildlife Encounters Rise January 6, 2017 Arizona, Payson Roundup
...  “When deer, elk, and javelina eat grain or snack foods such as potato chips or kitchen scraps, they can develop bloat, diarrhea, and bacterial infections, all of which can lead to death.” ...

Big changes likely for Louisiana's 2017 hunting seasons January 6, 2017 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... in deer-hunting Areas 4 and 10, where hunters would see their season limit drop from six to three... proposed at the request of hunters ...

Mt. Lebanon, Woman still fighting to learn details about Mt. Lebanon deer cull January 6, 2017 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Elaine Gillen appealed her open records case to the state Supreme Court ... “There are a lot of people who walk their dogs and people whose children walk to school,” ... we have a right to know where it's happening ...



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Avon loses protected Piebald Deer to car January 19, 2017 New York, News 10NBC
... A deer that hunters vowed not to shoot was killed by a passing car ... The piebald doe was seen many times ...

Hudson Valley Man Charged for 'humanely' Killing Deer Hit By Car January 17, 2017 New York, Hudson Valley Post
... The unnamed man admitted to shooting the deer with his .380 pistol to “humanely end its life,” ...

Man spends thousands feeding deer in retirement January 17, 2017 Maine, wwlp.com
...  A retired man in Maine who used to hunt and eat deer is now spending thousands of dollars to feed them instead... spends $4,500 a year buying oats ...

Feel-Good Scene Where Cops Work Together To Free Deer Caught In Fence. ometimes, our friendly woodland creatures need a helping hand just like everyone else. A deer in Wisconsin who got stuck in a wrought-iron fence was rescued by two sheriff’s deputies recently. - January 17, 2017


  Battling bucks die after antlers lock together in Missouri woods January 17, 2017 Springfield News-Leader
... Lying on the ground were two huge whitetail bucks, their antlers locked together, with torn-up ground and trampled grass giving evidence of a relentless battle...

...  a doe and its fawn ... near the whirlpool in Munising... They were exhausted when we got out there ... crews used heating packs and blankets to warm the deer ...

Magnolia residents concerned after deer seen with arrow... January 13, 2017 Texas, KPRC Houston
... People who live in a Magnolia neighborhood are trying to determine who shot a deer with an arrow after the deer as seen waking around with the arrow sticking straight through its neck...

Bucky the deer did not have rabies January 13, 2017 Virginia, WDBJ7
... Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries made the decision to euthanize a deer that a hunter in Riner tried to rehabilitate, out of fear of paralysis and possibly rabies. The rabies results came back negative...

  Deer Rescue 'A Real Community Effort,' Brick Police Say January 12, 2017 New Jersey, 
Patch
... a pair of deer that fell through the ice on a lagoon ... firefighter Ron Gaskill put on a dry suit and jumped in with a tethered line ... You could tell the deer knew we were trying to help ...

Deer being rehabilitated by Riner hunter put down Tuesday January 11, 2017 Virginia, WDBJ7... Despite an agreement Parsons believed he had with the officer that the deer could live for seven days to see if it would get better, they decided to kill the deer. VDGIF and the Health Department took the deer before Parsons could get home...
         Montgomery County hunter caring for found injured deer January 10, 2017 Virginia, WDBJ7
...  found the young deer after it had tried to jump a fence and hurt itself.  "He was laying pretty much lifeless ... He feeds it, works out its legs, and even set up harnesses to build up strength in its legs...

Man takes risk rescuing yearling deer, wishes story would've ended different oe Dennis couldn't get a yearling deer out of his head after seeing it get hit by a car Friday morning and thrown in the air. - January 11, 2017 North Carolina


Unlikely couple: Liaison between a Sika deer and a Japanese snow monkey January 10, 2017 Science Daily
... Japanese monkeys ... comfortably live side by side with Sika deer ... The deer often eat food that the monkeys drop from trees ... The male mounted the deer and displayed some copulation behaviors ... saw the male try to mount a second female deer without any success ...

Port Mansfield Holds First Deer Festival January 10, 2017 Texas, KRGV
...  A few years back the residents of Port Mansfield found themselves surrounded by deer. They recently decided to have a festival to show appreciation for the animals...

...  a Boone and Crockett panel of four judges measured the 47-point rack ... larger than the non-typical current net world record ... had 38 points... deer antlers could be worth $100,000 ...

Case exposes rift over caring for deer January 8, 2017 New York, Lexington Herald Leader
... Recent guidelines by New York state officials mandating limited intervention by wildlife "rehabilitators" stirred heated debate and a lawsuit even before last month's case of the white-tailed buck that became a celebrity for about two weeks when it appeared in Harlem's Jackie Robinson Park...

... the deer was initially shot in the “body cavity.” ... “They shot several more times because at that point it was moving away from them ... So it took several shots to put it down finally... the deer’s mother was shot, and Taryn says her mother instantly connected with her...
     Kansas Family's Pet Deer Shot by Game Warden January 6, 2017 ABC News
... A western Kansas family is outraged after game wardens killed a deer that was allowed inside their house and took walks with the family... Taryn Mcgaughey filmed the wardens herding the animal toward where it was shot... video
     Kansas family's pet deer shot by game warden January 4, 2017 Wichita Eagle
... There was no reason for her to be killed ... She chose to stay. I never kept her from going away and being with other deer.” ...

Meanwhile In New York: Somebody Really Shot And Killed A Deer, Then Threw It In The Trash! - January 6, 2017


  Rare albino deer seen roaming county’s woods January 5, 2017 Pennsylvania, Sun Gazette
... first saw the albino deer as a fawn in the spring standing in his backyard — its vibrant white coat sharply contrasting with those of the others ...


  Marshfield Zoo 'Deer Video' Gets 6-Million Views January 3, 2017 Wisconsin, 
WSAU News
... a video of deer enjoying a unique "Christmas Feast" at Marshfield's Wildwood Zoo... [watch the video on their Facebook page]

Deer illegally killed, left to waste December 30, 2016 Tennessee, WBBJ-TV
... the buck grew up on their property and got along with their livestock, and many people in the area knew the buck as “the community deer.” ...


Hockinson man raises Eurasian fallow deer December 26, 2016 Washington, The Columbian
... Unlike the deer of North America, the Eurasian fallow deer can keep their white spots throughout their lives and have a color range from white to brown to black... at least four other hobby herds of fallow deer in the county. In fact, he trades animals with them and a few other nearby farms from time-to-time to keep the gene pool in his herd deep ...

Herd of huge elk holds up cars near Hailey December 24, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... The video was shared by a “Hailey, Idaho” Facebook page, earning more than 42,000 shares and over 2 million views...


8 Tiny Facts About Reindeer That Click December 22, 2016 Ohio, USAgNet
...  10,000 years ago ... reindeer lived in the area that became Ohio ... Based on DNA analysis, the study suggested that reindeer/caribou should be in two groups. One group is the caribou in southern Canada. The other group is the caribou in Alaska and northern Canada plus the reindeer in Europe and Asia. The scientists who did the study said the Ice Age split the two groups apart about 200,000 years ago ... 

... new study shows that deer species capable of building and shedding their antlers already existed about 20 to 15 million years ago, in the Miocene. The finding sheds new light on the evolution of deer... findings appear in the Journal of Morphology...

Family asks why game warden killed pet deer December 21, 2016 Kansas, KSN-TV
... Kim was issued a ticket for having a pet deer ... later that day, a game warden came back saying he would put the deer down... Kansas law does have a statute on domesticated deer but says you must have a permit from the animal health commissioner...

... In October, the Grand Canyon Deer Farm and Petting Zoo, outside Williams, opened its doors to several new additions — Dasher and Blitzen, two reindeer bulls... “By mid-December the bulls shed their antlers so Santa uses females to drive the sleigh,” ...

Parks workers go rogue with secret deer ‘rescue’ missions December 19, 2016 New York, New York Post
... Animal-loving Parks Department workers have been secretly bucking protocol by relocating critters out of the Big Apple so they won’t suffer the same fate as a beloved, one-antlered deer that died in city custody ...

Deer Fawn Adopted By Herd Of Cows December 18, 2016 Oklahoma, news9.com KWTV
... It’s suspected a hunter harvested the button buck's mom. He is old enough to survive on his own and usually fawns in that situation will take up with other deer. But Lil Johnny Deere proved he was officially part of the herd when he trekked four miles with ‘his girls’ (as McKay calls them) to their winter pasture...

Harlem, The saga of a single-antlered deer in Harlem just ended tragically December 16, 2016 New York, Washington Post
... at 12:55 p.m. that the state was “securing the safe transport of the deer to suitable habitat upstate.” ... “The city did not accept our offer until just before noon today, and while we were arriving on scene the deer died in the city’s possession.” ...