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DNR Study Addresses Deer Predators

As the wolf population in Wisconsin grows to more than 700, many local hunters are concerned about who really dominates the deer herd.

4/14/2010

As the wolf population in Wisconsin grows to more than 700, many local hunters are concerned about who really dominates the deer herd.

Years of speculation will finally come to a head as local scientists seek to answer just how many deer are killed by wolves, bears, bobcats and coyotes each year.

The Wisconsin Department of National Resources is embarking on a multi-year, $1.2 million study that will follow how thousands of deer live and die. The study has received support from the hunting community, as many hunters have suggested that, in the past, the DNR's population estimates have been way off, which in turn negatively affected bag limits.

Field research will include trapping bucks and fawns, and then putting tracking devices on them to see how they die. The first cooperative effort by both camps, the study should put to rest speculation by locals that the DNR has actually planted wolves in the state for various reasons.

For more information, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/.

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