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Deer foaming at the mouth, dropping dead in San Juan Islands

Jun. 14, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Wildlife officials in Washington state have confirmed wild deer are suffering from an animal disease on the San Juan Islands after several residents reported dozens of strange deer deaths over the past few weeks. Dr. Kristin Mansfield, a veterinarian for...

To control CWD outbreak, Minnesota bans moving farmed deer

Jun. 01, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife managers imposed a statewide ban on the movement of farmed white-tailed deer starting Tuesday through the end of July as they try to control an outbreak of chronic wasting disease that threatens the state’s wild deer population. ...

West Virginia urban deer hunt is lifeline for food programs

May. 31, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A bowhunt for deer in one West Virginia city that began several years ago has become a lifeline for local food pantries and community kitchens. When hunters first proposed an urban deer hunt in Morgantown about a decade ago, the idea was to...

New infections raise concern about spread of wasting disease

May. 26, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is concerned about the deadly spread of chronic wasting disease after a number of cases from a Beltrami County deer farm were found in other parts of the state and beyond. A deer in the Beltrami County herd...

Wolves scare deer and reduce auto collisions 24%, study says

May. 24, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ecologist Rolf Peterson remembers driving remote stretches of road in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and seeing areas strewn with deer carcasses. But that changed after gray wolves arrived in the region from Canada and Minnesota. “When wolves moved in...

Winter survival rate of deer, elk bodes well for hunters

May. 20, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Numbers from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game show eastern Idaho is following trends across the state with above-average winter survival of mule deer fawns and elk calves. A mild winter and slightly lower snowpack contributed to a 61%...

Mule deer numbers strong, but concerns about drought persist

May. 17, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

An annual spring survey shows that the mule deer population is thriving in western North Dakota, but state wildlife officials are concerned about how the animals will do with prolonged drought conditions. Game and Fish Department biologists counted 2,671 mule deer in...

Wyoming researcher taking wildlife mapping tech worldwide

May. 16, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Matt Kauffman was at an Italian conference and talking over coffee with fellow ecologists when he got to thinking that the challenges facing Wyoming’s migratory deer, elk and pronghorn are shared by wildlife around the world. The University of...

Vermont Fish and Wildlife provides deer ages based on teeth

May. 16, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Successful deer hunters who provided a tooth from the animal to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department can now see how old the deer was on the department's website. The tooth is used to determine the age of the deer and provides information...

More deer hunt licenses available in North Dakota this year

May. 05, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will issue more deer hunting licenses this year than it has in the past 10 years. The Game and Fish Department will make 72,000 licenses available to hunters, the sixth consecutive year the number has increased and up 3,150 from last...