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DNR Evaluating Deer Herd After a Brutal Winter

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(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.

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Humidity: 45%

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