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Locked Up

"This buck was found by Luke Laha, who is a wildlife management teacher in Kansas. The buck found was carrying around the head of one of it’s rival bucks. Apparently the two bucks had become entangled and the coyotes decided to make a meal out of the loser, leaving it’s head attached to the living buck’s rack. It took a while before Luke Laha and his class were finally able to trap the buck and free him of his “trophy”."

Don’t Feed the Deer: How Corn Can Be a Killer

The old saw “killing them with kindness” was at play this week in the northeast. According to this press release issued by New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game, citizens in the town of South Hampton found six dead whitetails in a wooded, suburban lot on March 20. State biologists and a warden responded to the call and, after a brief search, discovered an additional half dozen dead deer. After examining the animals at a nearby veterinary lab, authorities confirmed that at least two of the whitetails were victims of enterotoxemia, a condition directly linked to feeding deer—primarily corn—in winter.

Google Maps: 2015 Deer Harvest Numbers

I was under-impressed with the deer harvest summary maps made by the DEC, so I made up some Google Maps of my own.

Data Source:
2015 New York State Deer Take by Wildlife Management Unit

"The values presented here are calculated estimates. The precision of the statewide take estimate is within 1-2 percent. Take estimates become less precise as the size of the area considered is reduced."