Deer Management News This Week

Feral plant, animal removal planned on Maui June 27, 2016 Hawaii, West Hawaii Today
... Plans funded by the national park and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation call for restoring the area’s natural habitat by removing non-native plants as well as feral pigs, goats, dogs and axis deer...

... Support is widespread for using live tests on rectal or tonsil tissue to detect CWD, though many commercial breeders oppose the new rules that also tightened restrictions on when captive-bred deer may be relocated to hunting sites and, for the first time, prohibit all releases onto low-fenced properties...

Elk brought back after being hunted to extinction in state June 25, 2016 Texas,  San Angelo Standard Times
... Historically, elk could be observed throughout the Trans-Pecos and western Panhandle regions of Texas ... hunted to extinction in this state by the turn of the 20th century... in the late 1920s, Judge J.C. Hunter transported more than 40 Elk from North Dakota and subsequently released them into the Guadalupe Mountains...

... Commissioners voted for .. Creating a 10-county chronic wasting disease management zone ... Deer and elk killed in the zone would be required to remain in the zone ... Restricting deer feeding except during hunting season... Increasing the bag limits and removing antler restrictions ... Prohibiting the use of scents containing natural deer urine...

Arkansas Special Chronic Wasting Disease Meeting. Meeting starts 5 minutes and 30 seconds into the Youtube video. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Special-Called Meeting - June 24, 2016

... Commissioners voted unanimously today during a special meeting to approve a Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone made up of Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell counties.  CWD has been found in five of these counties since first being discovered in Arkansas in late February...

Meet the challenge of public land deer June 24, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Mississippi has a large amount of public land. .. 1.2 million acres of national forests ... many hunters shy away from public land because they feel there is too much pressure to expect any degree of success... 

... Discontinue baiting and feeding of deer statewide.  CWD is spread through feces and oral contact, and concentrating deer over bait and feed just increases opportunities for spread.  Captive cervid facilities that have one deer test positive for CWD should be considered high risk.  These farms need to be double fenced...

GFP continuing deer research in northeast region June 24, 2016 South Dakota, AberdeenNews.com
...  preliminary results from all collared deer indicate annual survival estimates are 80 percent for adult does, 58 percent for adult bucks, 83 percent for juveniles 5-18 months old and 63 percent for fawns under 4 months old...

... will vote on a proposed ban at 10 a.m. today ... The Game and Fish Commission's website lists 51 animal rehabilitators in the state, and 39 of those rehabilitate deer. The proposal concerns some rehabilitators who say banning deer rehabilitation won't stop the spread of the disease...

DNR discusses rates of CWD in area June 23, 2016 Wisconson, Beloit Daily News
... during the past 14 years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported the prevalence of CWD in adult male deer in its western monitoring area has risen from 8 to 10 percent to about 30 percent... In adult females, the prevalence has risen from about 3 to 4 percent to nearly 15 percent...

Deer Harvest Declined in 2015 In Part Due to October Flood June 23, 2016 South Carolina,  South Carolina Public Radio
... "The flooded areas made it harder for hunters to get to, it was so warm that hunters did not want to battle the mosquitoes, and number three the deer didn't even want to move themselves." ... We have a very liberal game laws and how many deer you can take. You can legally take 20 to 40 deer a year per person." ...

Klickitat deer habitat to be purchased June 23, 2016 Washington, The Columbian
... more than 3,600 acres of prime deer habitat in the Simcoe Mountains of Klickitat County ... “WDFW wants to reopen this area of Game Management Unit 382 to public hunting through land purchases from Western Pacific Timber,’’ ...

Are Belvedere deer woes worth the public cost? June 22, 2016 California, Marin Independent Journal
... The City Council is being cautious about their proposal to hire a company to catch and sterilize the deer and thereby reduce the herd’s numbers.  The plan has drawn objections from Marin’s two leading animal organizations — the Marin Humane Society and WildCare. Both say that instead of a costly sterilization program, Belvedere residents should protect their landscaping with fencing...

AGFC to vote on CWD proposals Friday June 22, 2016 Arkansas, Baxter Bulletin
... ...  proposal would create a non-commercial hunting enclosure permit for all high-fence deer facilities. Facility owners would be required to submit samples of all deer that die inside the facility for CWD testing ...

Texas Wildlife Association supports CWD regs June 22, 2016 Texas, Texas All Outdoors official logo
... Broad support for the rules came in from dozens of conservation and wildlife champions ... he fundamental issue is how best to protect our state’s deer herds from a deadly disease. The overwhelming amount of interest this issue has generated illustrates just how passionate Texans are about deer ...

Group working to rehab baby deer petitioning AGFC plan June 22, 2016 Arkansas, THV11.com
... -A network of rehabbers in Arkansas are petitioning the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's proposed plan to fight Chronic Wasting Disease. AGFC's plan includes prohibiting the rehabilitation of deer statewide ... see the petition on Change.org

     Columbian White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus leucurus) is the westernmost subspecies of whitetailed deer. Although widespread and numerous across much of its North American range, this subspecies occurs in relatively low numbers in a highly restricted range. Once Columbian White-tailed Deer (CWTD) ranged widely across much of western Washington and Oregon, however; habitat loss and degradation as well as overhunting led to a significant range contraction as well as a commensurate decline in their numbers. This led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to include the Columbian Whitetailed Deer as an Endangered Species immediately upon adoption of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973.... Submit written comments on this report by e-mail by 9 July 2016 to: T&Epubliccom@dfw.wa.gov

... Alleged members of a poaching ring, who the state Game Commission says is responsible for illegally harvesting nearly a dozen deer ...

Moose hunting bill moves forward June 22, 2016 New York, Lake Placid News
...  bill comes at a time when other states with moose populations are cutting back significantly on moose hunting. New Hampshire's moose population has dropped nearly 50 percent in the last 15 years, from about 7,000 to only 4,000... n the past, the DEC has estimated that there are between 600 and 1,000 moose, the vast majority of which live in the Adirondacks...

CWD rules adopted to curb threat June 22, 2016 Texas, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
... Comments spoken during Monday's hearing in support of tighter restrictions seemed to carry a majority, though the only vote that mattered came from the governor-appointed panel of commissioners... Monday's commission vote was unanimous...

...“In a show of unprecedented unity, the Texas deer industry walked out of today’s special TPWD commission meeting after explaining to commissioners why rules ... would potentially force “hundreds of family-owned agribusinesses” to shut down ...

Wildlife agency celebrates 100 years of success June 21, 2016 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... the restoration of deer, especially in the western part of the state where the population had pretty well been depleted. Deer were brought in from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Alabama, mostly in the 1930s... In 1930, the reported deer kill was 1,299 ... 

New research details how big game follow spring green-up June 21, 2016 Wyoming,
Phys
... movement data from 10 populations of five species—bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, moose and bison—in western Wyoming and eastern Utah. … ... While biologists long have thought that animals essentially "surf the green wave" of new plant growth from low-elevation winter range to high-elevation summer range, the new research has measured how precisely the animal movements are aligned with the green-up...

The mule deer has been the most abundant big game animal in the west for nearly a decade. Now the species is in crisis and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is conducting a study to find out why. Deer Project leader Matt Hayes of the University of Wyoming sees that mule deer populations in an area south of Rock Springs are declining while elk populations are rising and investigates this dynamic. - June 21, 2016


ODFW deer, elk MOs under review June 22, 2016 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
... Buck deer ratio MOs range from 12 to 25 bucks per 100 does, while bull elk ratio MOs range from 10 to 20 bulls per 100 cows ... ODFW is accepting public comments on deer and elk management objectives until the Aug. 5 ... Email comments toodfw.wildlifeinfo@state.or.us.

Chronic wasting disease moving in ... June 21, 2016 Arkansas, Times Record (blog)
... On Friday, the Game and Fish Commission will vote on a set of regulations meant to limit the spread ...  would require landowners who erect high fences to leave openings so deer can move freely in and out. The idea is to reduce the chances that a deer will be stuck in captivity in an enclosed area, where it would be more likely to come in contact with an infected deer ...

Deer Breeders Concerned Over New Regulations June 21, 2016 Texas, TWC News
... “Deer breeding and deer farming and high-fence hunting ranches are one of the last ways to make a profitable living out in rural Texas,” ... Many deer breeders around the state are up in arms about being forced to test their deer, since CWD is only affecting wildlife in Central Texas...

Does a deer have a built-in compass? Study says yes June 21, 2016 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... Despite their panic, the deer never run into one another .... concluded deer have an inner compass that can sense magnetic fields... Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology ... magnetic compass directions might synchronize escape directions in animals ...

On the Path of Yellowstone's Elk
June 21, 2016 Wyoming, The Atlantic
... tracking mule deer herds ... we discovered that half of those deer were migrating some 150 miles... Because individual herds pass down knowledge of migration routes from one generation to the next, migration’s success depends on the land remaining mostly free of obstructions—once a migration route is blocked, animals do not simply learn another way, but tend to cease migrating altogether...

Survival of desert mule deer fawns in central Arizona  NT Quintana, WB Ballard, MC Wallace, PR Krausman… - The Southwestern Naturalist, 2016
... Predation accounted for 64% of fawn mortality. Probability of fawn survival was lowest in the first 2 weeks postparturition. Most (50 of 51) adult females of breeding age were pregnant and adult female survival was 0.858 (95% CI = 0.766–0.961). High predation rates and timing of predation on mule deer fawns were important factors influencing deer densities in central Arizona...

Bernardsville, Club gets OK for deer hunt in Bernardsville June 21, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
 ...  The resolution sets a six-month window for the South Plainfield-based Warren Blue Ridge Sportsman's Club to conduct a deer management bow hunt. ... Opponents of the hunt say it is not necessary, arguing that there is evidence of dwindling deer population in the area...

...  Cranberry Garden Club asked council to consider an urban deer hunt in the future, and support the crop damage permit... amendment to the ordinance governing the carrying and using of weapons in the town now permits residents to use a bow or crossbow to shoot deer destroying crops...

Commissioners To Vote On Regulations To Combat Fatal Deer Disease , Chronic Wasting, June 20, 2016 Arkansas, KUAR
... potential regulations that would affect the five affected counties ... To decrease deer density, AGFC would establish a 10-county management zone where landowners would be issued extra deer tags. Landowners would be required to submit samples of the deer they kill for testing...

THV11.com
... Five counties in Arkansas are facing problems with chronic wasting, including Boone, Carroll, Madison, Pope and Newton counties... Their most recent proposal threatens to cancel one program that has some Arkansans upset.   The proposal would ban rehabilitating deer statewide to help stop the spread of the disease...

Aerial survey helps with managing mule deer June 19, 2016 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
... Declining mule deer populations throughout the western United States have been a concern for many state wildlife agencies since the 1990s... In Nebraska, after reaching a record harvest in 2008, mule deer populations have declined..., causes for the mule deer decline are less clear but likely due to a combination of parasites, predation, drought and disease...

Chronic Wasting Disease Threatens Deer Population June 17, 2016 Texas, Texas Agricultural Land Trust
...Texas is the ONLY state to allow liberated deer to be comingled with free-range deer.  Transportation of cervids, whether they be breeder deer, or deer from the pasture increases the risk of spreading the disease to more populations...

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Texas eyes new rules over fatal deer disease June 17, 2016 Valley morning Star
... Advocates aligned against deer farming say the spread of CWD threatens the $2.2 billion Texas hunters pump into the economy every year pursuing wild deer.  Most of the 1,300 permitted deer farms in Texas, unlike some other places, have more to do with trophy bucks than they do with processing and selling venison... 

Timber harvest planned for Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area June 17, 2016 Maine, Press Herald
... For deer to survive Maine winters, work needs to be done to improve the winter shelter and to promote the softwood cover and expand the network of areas deer can use during the winter months, he said. There will also be a focus on improving acorns and other food sources for wildlife in the area...

Staten Island, Deer killer's new approach for Staten Island bucks June 17, 2016 New York, SILive.com
...  Sterilizing males instead of females is meant to be faster, cheaper and more humane... "It's easy to say, 'Just kill them,'" [DeNicola] said. Hunting is illegal in New York City. More than 50 tons of tainted meat would have to be disposed if the deer were caught and euthanized. Any traps might be vandalized by animal rights activists ...

Game and Fish Commission approves plan to manage disease June 17, 2016 Arkansas, El Dorado News-Times
... Landowners within the 10-county management zone will be issued extra tags to help decrease deer density and landowners will be required to submit samples of harvested deer for CWD testing. Deer and elk killed within the zone must remain in the zone, with the exception of “deboned meat, cleaned skull plates, hides, teeth and taxidermy products.” ...

     AGFC modifies proposals for chronic wasting disease management June 16, 2016 Arkansas, THV11.com
... modified proposals will be voted on during a June 24 special meeting of the Commission:  ·  Establish a CWD management zone consisting of Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell counties... ·  Prohibit feeding within the CWD management zone, except ...  Baiting will be allowed Oct. 1-Dec. 31 for hunting...

Medford Deer Management June 17, 2016 Massachusetts, WickedLocal.com
...the committee implemented and still uses was a deer culling program ...  Kaldy said the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Division believes there are 25 deer per square mile in the zone Medfield falls into, while 6 to 8 deer per square mile are considered healthy for a herd... [a recent NRS study puts the optimal deer density at 15 to 28 per square mile, Delaware targets 40 per square mile]

Moose study yields grim results June 16, 2016 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
...  of the 45 moose cows and calves collared in 2014, there was a 64 percent mortality for moose calves and five percent mortality for adult cow moose ... Assuming things stay the same, the state’s overall moose population — estimated to be around 4,000 — will decrease ...

Lakeway, Nonprofit pays for deer census June 16, 2016 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
...  Citizen Advocates for Animals received approval from Lakeway city staff to have a deer survey performed within the city, provided they pay for the process themselves. The biologist may then propose a nonlethal deer population control method alongside the city’s current trap, transport and process system ... our goal is to raise $75,000 to do the sterilization ...

Wildlife Commission Endorses Plan for Access and Habitat June 16, 2016 Montana, FlatheadBeacon
... the Blackfoot Clearwater project would help ensure the future viability of the Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, which supports wintering elk, mule deer, whitetail populations and over 200 other species of wildlife ... Community members have already successfully leveraged federal funds to pay for ongoing stream restoration and vegetative treatment on our national forests...

CWD deer kills may be set for January June 16, 2016 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... Some states, like Wisconsin and West Virginia, now have the disease in up to 40 percent of the deer herd ... Laroche said the agency would like to hire sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal plant and health inspection service to kill deer within the disease area starting in January. ... 

...  After nearly three months of closed negotiation sessions, the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has selected Earl Martin's bid for the approximately 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot property. ... has plans to protect the rare herd of white, white-tailed deer that currently calls the land home...

... There are plans for wildlife preservation and eco-tourism, goals to be achieved by working with SWD to sustain the white deer herd there...Martin’s bid also drew the support of Seneca White Deer Inc. President Dennis Money. Money said he was “delighted” Martin was chosen... [see Martin interviewed below]





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Deer in the News

... the deer was disoriented and in need of help, as it was suffering from a broken leg... nothing I could do for him. Tears were flowing from many of the shoppers and workers ... [see video]

Great swimmers, deer use water for transportation, safety June 25, 2016 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
... swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee ... Some lake residents have seen entire herds leaving points and islands and swimming together as a group ...

Deer versus tire swing - June 26, 2016


Keep dogs away from does and their fawns June 23, 2016 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal
... "The doe will want to protect their young ... The deer will paw at them, swing their hooves at them the same as they would do with other animals, in extreme cases we've seen dogs killed by deer." ... 

Fate of Jefferson County pet deer remains unclear June 22, 2016 Illinois, WSIL TV
... A Jefferson County family took in two deer after they lost their moms. But the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the Crawfords have them illegally so they can't keep them... see the family's petition on Change.org

Out and about: Defensive does get tough to protect fawns  June 19, 2016 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... Late May through mid-June is peak fawning time.  “A doe will no longer be aggressive toward people once her fawn is able to run to escape danger,” said Phil Cooper, Idaho Fish and Game Department educator. “This should occur by the time the fawn is two to three weeks old.” ...

... On June 15th 2016. Connecticut State Police near the Downtown Danbury line off of a highway exit. Instead of calling animal control or helping the deer move it's antlers [stuck]  between a concrete barrier gap. State  Police Decided to Shoot it ...

Binghampton, Three deer die trying to jump over cemetery fence June 17, 
2016 New York, WBNG-TV
... ... this year he has found three deer trapped on the fence ...  a sharp metal fence ...

Deer Stops By To Visit Her Favorite Cat Every Morning June 17, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Dodo‎
... They're a very unusual best friend pair ...

Deer myths ... June 16, 2016 New York, Buffalo News
... Quality Deer Management Association experts have provided a list of five of the most popular myths ... Fawns are odorless. Mothers find their fawns with unique scents produced when they urinate on tarsal glands when just a few days old...

On Tuesday night this week, a wayward fawn ran inside a Colorado man’s home and hid in his bathtub. The man reportedly had just freed the baby deer from being caught in a fence when it ran through the open door of his home in the town of Evergreen and hopped into the tub. After two Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies checked the fawn for injuries, they wrapped it in a blanket and set it free outside, where it reportedly scampered off, hopefully to reunite with its mother. - June 16, 2016 Colorado



Jefferson County woman fights to keep pet deer June 15, 2016 Illinois, WSIL TV
... Five years ago, Rhonda's uncle spotted the baby buck they now call Dude next to the carcass of his mom... Last week, she received a $150 ticket and was given an ultimatum: turn the deer over to another woman with a wildlife rehabilitation permit or shoot them...

Two dogs killed by deer in Helena June 14, 2016 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... The deer that killed the dogs will not be removed.  “In both cases the owners understood that their dogs weren’t under control and the does were protecting their young,” ... In some cases officials will kill deer if the animal establishes a pattern of aggressive behavior...

Leave fawns and wildlife alone June 14, 2016 New Hampshire, Boston.com
... “Adult deer can be easily detected by predators due to their scent and large size,” officials said in the statement. “Because of this, does will spend long periods of time away from their fawns to disassociate their scent from the fawn ...

... “You could see it shivering. It was barely staying afloat ... They made the six mile trip to shore and a Madison beach ... the buck was finally able to get up and walk off on his own... [video below]

'Tis the season for cars vs. deer June 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Beloit Daily News
... Other than the October and November, months around hunting season, June has historically been one of the worst months for deer collisions in the state of Wisconsin... “Last year in Wisconsin, two out of the five people killed in crashes with deer were motorcyclists,” ...

Police officer rescues exhausted baby deer from the road June 10, 2016 Ohio, Palm Beach Post
... "After making a call to his friend that knows about deer, he gently picked up (the deer) and moved her to safety where the momma could see her."  watch the video


Firefighters perform emergency C-section on deer hit by car June 10, 2016 Texas, NBC4i.com
... According to a Facebook post made by the Leander Fire Department, responders found a pregnant deer killed in a crash and immediately worked to save her baby...

Japan's monkeys wash their potatoes and ride deer like horses June 8, 2016 ResearchGate
... My favorite behavior is that of a macaque riding on the backs of Sika deer. There is a close cooperation between macaques and deer on Yakushima island. The deer eat seeds dropped by macaques on the ground, as well as their feces. Macaques may groom the deer for parasites such as lice, which are rich in proteins. At times, macaques will climb on the back of a deer for transportation ...

Check out this whitetail being chased off by a group of mule deer! Whitetail aren't very common in this area, but I saw this one while turkey hunting. I guess the mule deer weren't too happy to see her! - June 10, 2016


A video visit to the Florida Keys June 8, 2016 USA TODAY
... Key deer are found here, and nowhere else in the world. You won’t believe how close you can get at the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge on Big Pine Key ...


Wildlife traffickers sentenced in Illinois June 8, 2016 Illinois, Great Lakes Echo
...  transported six trophy mounts of white-tailed deer for clients from Illinois to Pennsylvania in November 2010 without the necessary permits...

Deer make collision-free escapes thanks to inbuilt 'compasses' June 7, 2016
Science Daily
... Their getaway is almost always along a north-south axis, thanks to their ability to sense the magnetic field, says Petr Obleser of the Czech University of Life Sciences ... roe deer tend to align their bodies along the north-south axis when grazing. When startled, the animals generally fled away from observers. They did not merely make their getaway in the direction directly opposite to the approaching threat ...

DNR reminds residents of wildlife laws June 7, 2016 West Virginia, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
...  it is not illegal in West Virginia for humans to feed deer ... Anytime you gather animals together in that type of situation, the chance for them spreading disease from one to another increases ...

Mega deer: Another victim of flooding June 5, 2016 South Carolina, Times and Democrat
... The buck had a G3 broken off on his left side ... we figured he had to be at least 2 feet wide on the spread of his rack... The mega buck had tangled his antlers in some vines and limbs and either the floodwaters had risen and drowned the trapped animal or he tired and could no longer keep his head above water...

Don't Touch: Deer farmers see uptick in ‘lost’ fawn calls June 4, 2016 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era
.... . “Being weak, small and slow, they are a target for many predators as an easy meal. This is why the fawns are left to hide in safe spots; the mother returns periodically to nurse.” ...

... Lawyers for Vijay Singh have submitted a request for partial summary judgment in the Fijian’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour over his use of deer-antler spray ...

... A woman was busted in Mendocino County after she tried to sell a fawn on Craigslist ... A misdemeanor conviction for illegal possession and sale of wildlife can bring up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine...