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The Deer-Forest Blog

We're tracking deer in Pennsylvania's forests. Check out what is going on in the field and learn what our researchers are discovering.
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July 23, 2015

Here's one to chew on. Take a look and tell us your diagnosis.

July 22, 2015

Who will be added to the list of suspects?

July 20, 2015

We get a lot of photos and questions about deer. Here’s what the Doctor says.

July 17, 2015

We get a lot of photos and questions about deer. Take a look and tell us your diagnosis.

July 15, 2015

With only a head and shoulder left to tell the story, will the FMSI team be able to solve the case?

Photo credit: Missy Pocsics
July 10, 2015

We are but mere mortals when it comes to those who run IN the forest.

July 8, 2015

Ever watch CSI and NCIS? Well, this isn’t TV and these aren’t crimes but biologists star in their own series – Fawn Mortality Scene Investigation.

July 6, 2015

Pennsylvania has some great wildlife. And it is most abundant right now. So where is it?

June 30, 2015

Everyone knows it's males that are supposed to do the dispersing. What’s going on?

June 29, 2015

White-tailed deer are herbivores. Or are they?

June 25, 2015

We’ve been talking about fawns a lot lately with much reference to their cuteness. So let’s talk about one of the cuteness factors: those spots.

June 21, 2015

Believe it or not, the end of the fawning season is here. So how did the crews fair in the race to catch them?

June 19, 2015

At about a week old, it’s a coin flip as to whether a fawn will stay curled up on the ground when found or jump up and sprint off. Will our capture crews win the coin toss?

Photo credit: Jeannine Fleegle
June 17, 2015

While beautiful, that tangled mess and those little petals on the ground don’t make it any easier to find fawns.

June 15, 2015

We know male deer disperse. Because this behavior has persisted, we know there must be a benefit (dispersers pass on more genes compared those that do not disperse). But why would the deer cross the road or river or mountain in the first place?

June 12, 2015

We all love deer but are there cooler critters out there?

Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
June 10, 2015

Recent research has set off much debate, but the facts about what works and what doesn’t are often overlooked.

June 5, 2015

The mystery of male dispersal has vanished with the advent of the radio- and GPS- collar. Now we can determine the who, when, and how far for those boys that hit the road.

June 4, 2015

It has been about a week into the critical 3-week period of fawns dropping (does giving birth), but we didn’t seem to be finding any fawns. Until today.