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Predator impacts on fawns studied

Three-year project launches with researchers tracking predators, capturing does.
If snow fell within the
past 24 hours, it's likely
Game Commission researchers are out on top
of it, surveying either of
two study areas to try to
identify which and how
many predators have
made their rounds there
recently.
Researchers in those
same study areas also
have begun to capture
adult does and implant
spring will be
a number of
in them transmitters Researchers thisas part of a new placing collars on impacts. The
newborn fawns
study on predator
that will send a signal fawns will be easy to locate. Transmitters are being implanted in
this spring when fawns adult does this winter, and they'll signal when fawns are born.
are born.
These actions are the initial phases hunting seasons. Predators including
of a new study on fawn survival and the coyotes, bears, bobcats and fishers were
responsible for killing about 22 percent
impacts of predators on deer.
The three-year study launched in of the fawns that died.
The new study is a bit different
January, and Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough than its predecessor. It will be consaid it looks to provide insight on an ducted in conjunction with ongoing
deer research, which has helped to
issue important to many.
"Hunters have made it clear," Hough reduce costs and make the study more
said, "the question of how many fawns efficient.
For example, some of the does being
are lost to predators is on the minds of
many, and this study could well help captured already are fitted with GPS
collars and thus have been easy to find.
answer that question."
The Game Commission studied the Likewise, the implanted transmitters
effects of fawn predation back in 2001. will make fawns easier to find and
That study found about half of all fawns equip with collars, compared to the
born each spring survived to see the fall previous study.
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