Author: Bruce Billingsly

Ann Arbor Quietly Approves $481k to Continue Deer Management

Amid fierce opposition, protests, lawsuits and everything else that comes with performing a deer cull, the City Council of Ann Arbor, Michigan, approved additional measures for measuring the city’s deer herd. The vote, which had no members of the public present was kept quiet, so to speak, in an effort to continue the deer management efforts the city has put forth for the past three years.  As part of the proposal, a two-year contract with the sterilization and sharpshooting outfit White Buffalo Inc., was approved for $340,000 for the next two years. Additionally, a $99,000 contract with Jacqueline Courteau...

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Michigan DNR Confirms First Cougar Sighting in Lower Peninsula

With stories of possible sightings scattered across the east, officials in Michigan made it official last week after investigating a good lead on a sighting in the Lower Peninsula. A resident snapped a decent picture of what appears to be a mountain lion as the large cat crossed the road ahead of his vehicle.  Snapping the image in Bath Township, the individual promptly reported the sighting along with photographic evidence to Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). After receiving the image, biologist Chad Fedewa along with colleagues from the DNR’s Cougar Team reviewed it and visited the location in...

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Idaho Winter Kill Less Than Expected for Mule Deer, Elk

After challenging winter conditions ravaged the western United States last season, results are beginning to pour in from mortality studies in the various western states. Idaho, in particular, is showing better results than previously expected.  Despite being the second-lowest winter survival in nearly 20 years, officials with the Idaho Fish and Game Department report that the mule deer fawn mortality was not as bad as expected. Monitoring radio-collared fawns, the department found that 30 percent of those fawns and 90 percent of the collared does survived the deep snow and cold temperatures that plagued the region. When it came...

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The Largest Herd of White Deer in the World Set to Be on Display

Believed to be one of the largest herds of these uniquely white deer on the planet, the animals are not albino, as many would suspect.  These deer and a few other herds scattered across America’s Northeast and Midwest are a rare whitetail deer genetic variant that lacks the pigmentation needed for the species’ typical brown fur. This particular herd of deer resides on the Seneca Army Depot in upper New York state, an enclosed and protected area that has kept the deer out of the way of passing vehicles and hunters since the U.S. Department of the Army retired...

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