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Reprised research midway to completion

F

rom an expectations standpoint,
there was no doubt the biologists wanted more for the day's
efforts.
After four hours of searching along
roads in Bald Eagle State Forest, and a
couple more conducting drives in hayfields, the team hadn't even seen a fawn,
much less captured one.
No search comes with guarantees.
And a strong sun, occasionally replaced
by passing showers spewing sleet, wasn't
helping.
But if you're going to catch fawns, the
four-week span centered on Memorial
Day is the time to get them - regardless
of conditions.
Each day a fawn lives, it's that much
harder to catch, said Christopher Rosenberry, supervisor of the Game Commission's Deer and Elk Section.
"After about a week, most fawns that
run are uncatchable by field crews,"
Rosenberry said.
Of course, fawns aren't always able to
elude all that stalks them.
And gaining a better understanding of
predator impacts on fawns is the reason
behind this research.
Now in its second year, the Game
Commission's fawn-mortality study uses
radio-collars to monitor the movements
of fawns and, should they die, the factors
that led to their deaths.
While predators often are the cause,
other factors including highway strikes,
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disease, even starvation if a parent is
killed, also have been documented.
The study will run for three years in
two study areas - the northern study area
on Susquehannock State Forest, and a
southern study area on Bald Eagle and
Rothrock state forests.
In addition to collaring fawns in those
study areas, researchers are measuring
predator populations there through the use
of bear traps and scent stations.
Last year, 42 fawns were captured in
late May and early June and about 40 percent of them survived their first 34 weeks,
making it through the firearms deer season
and into January and February.
Only one was harvested by a hunter.
Predators were responsible for about
two-thirds of the other mortalities, with
most predator-caused mortality occurring
within a fawn's first two months.
"Although we are still waiting for lab
results for DNA identification of predators," Rosenberry said, "bears, bobcats
and coyotes appear to be equal-opportunity fawn predators."
This year, 54 fawns were captured in
the two weeks before and after Memorial
Day, when hundreds of thousands are
borne by Commonwealth whitetails.
Thirty fawns were captured in the
northern study area; 24 in the southern.
Both numbers are increases compared to
the study's first year, when 24 fawns were
captured in the northern study area, and
18 in the southern.



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