(4/21/14) The brutal winter has Wisconsin wildlife experts working overtime to see how the state's deer herd was damaged.
The D-N-R is examining deer killed by vehicles, and they're watching the survival rates of over 200 deer which have radio-tracking collars in northern and eastern zones. Officials said about 30-percent of the collared fawns in the northern Wisconsin forests have died -- along with 15-percent in the eastern farm areas. Adult deer are doing better. Only six-percent of the northern adults with radio collars have died, along with two-percent in the east farmlands. Some of those deer were snapped up by predators -- while others starved to death or were hit by vehicles. The radio-collar review is part of a four-year survival study. The D-N-R is looking for at least 10 deer carcasses from each of the 72 counties, so they can determine the winter's effects on pregnancy rates, fat content, and other key biological signs.