Fawn Survival Research: Fawn Sanctuaries?

Is it possible to create a predator-free sanctuary where whitetail does can give birth and raise fawns? If so, would whitetail does recognize and use this safe labor-and-delivery area? Consider what happened recently in the UGA Deer Lab’s ongoing fawn-survival research. As you know if you’ve been following my series of real-time reports from the …

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Fawn Survival Research: When Predators Arrive First

As predicted, things have really picked up in our fawn-survival research, and we have reached what I perceive to be peak fawning season at the Jones Center in Georgia. Our technicians have been working tirelessly to monitor our radio-collared fawns, catch more fawns, and monitor the vaginal implant transmitters (VITs) still deployed in our remaining …

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Fawn Survival Research: How to Capture a Fawn

We’re about to reach a busy time period in our fawn-survival research at Ichauway, and before I begin reporting on the actual field work, I thought I would give you a look at the planning and care that must go into capturing and handling wild fawns. (Read the first installment in Melinda Nelson’s series on …

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Fawn Survival Research: The Inside Story

White-tailed deer are one of the most researched animals in the United States because of their high value as a game species as well as the impact they can have on an ecosystem, and yet there seems to be a never-ending supply of new questions to answer about deer. Currently, hunters and many deer researchers …

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Why We Can’t Manage Deer Genetics

The power of selectively controlled breeding is incredible. With it, we transformed a wolf into a chihuahua over the course of 15,000 years – mere milliseconds in the echoing depths of geologic time. We transformed a seedy grass named maize into a crop that contributes to almost everything you eat. There are many other examples, …

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