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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.
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.

Photo credit: PA Game Commission
June 2, 2015

Want to work in the wildlife field? Then you better lace up your running shoes.

The younger male might find there is too much competition and decide to disperse. Photo credit: PA Game Commission
June 1, 2015

June is not only fawning season but graduation season as well. Graduation marks an end but also a beginning. Is it a coincidence that graduation and fawning season coincide? For deer, June is just as exciting and life changing as graduating.

Lyman Lake Vista, Lyman Run State Park. Photo by Shawn Seeley
May 27, 2015

Our field crews have the best offices!

May 25, 2015

You may or may not recall the 80’s flick "Twins" starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. An Austrian demigod and a cousin of the Sopranos – as fraternal twins. Really? And what does this have to do with deer anyway?

May 21, 2015

We have four teams of field techs searching for fawns and monitoring vegetation data. Here's some of the fun they're finding in Penn's Woods!

Can you see the fawn?
May 18, 2015

The crew captured the first fawn of the year - and the project - on Saturday on Rothrock State Forest.

Photo credit: Joe Kosack, PGC
May 16, 2015

Green grass, yellow dandelions, and bluebirds - winter is finally behind us. While we are dusting off the grill to kick off our summer of fun, does are going into hiding.

May 13, 2015

Trapping season does not mark the end of field work. The forest (and its many inhabitants) are still exciting even when you’re looking for deer poop.

May 7, 2015

We have been using our GPS-collared deer to study how weather influences deer behavior. But what about the big picture of climate change. Will it affect deer and deer management?

This fawn only looks abandoned - leave it be. Photo credit: PGC
May 5, 2015

It seems that spring is finally here! And you know what that means: Babies!

May 1, 2015

When it rains did deer movement follow the same patterns in 2013 and 2014?