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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-26-2018, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Fawn survival the focus of may 29 webinar

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How vulnerable are fawns to predators, and which predators have the greatest impacts on fawns?

These questions are among those explored by a recently completed fawn survival study, the results of which will be discussed live at a Tuesday, May 29 webinar.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Deer and Elk Section supervisor Christopher Rosenberry along with Duane Diefenbach and graduate students Tess Gingery and Asia Murphy from the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit will share insights from the latest research, and answer questions from webinar participants.

The webinar is limited to 1,000 participants. Registration can be completed at http://bit.ly/2k8Efic.

For those unable to watch live, the webinar will be recorded and placed on the Game Commission's YouTube channel for later viewing.
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Great Casey, I was going to post that but you beat me to it.
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this study is going to end up costing over $1 million dollars for the 3 year study. I painfully watched the power point presentation. This is what i learned.

!. predators eat fawns.
2. Bear, coyotes, and bobcats are predators.
3. Bear prefer hardwoods over farm land.
4. Mature deer prefer hardwords over farmland.
5, Fawns prefer flat ground over rougher terrain (easier for them to maneuver away from predators).
6. There is a mathematical equation to guess at how many deer/bear that they did not catch on camera.

Many a deer have survived until next season because of a guy named Jim Beam.
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Here's my fawn survival study....

Take the 1 million dollars, buy up more land otherwise would turn into housing developments to give fawns more area to survive.


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So predators are killing over 300k fawns per yr. surprised it's that high.
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They could pay me 1 million to tell everyone that predators eat fawns. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. What a waste of money IMO.

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This is the study hunters were begging for. Now that the results mirror those from 2000-01 it's a waste of money.
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The results are the same but who is doing the killing has changed.

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By no means am I disagreeing with the buy more land idea. However, taking fawn and predator populations densities into consideration for the two years the studies were conducted (01&18), it may be good information to have to monitor and maintain populations. Using the same amount of funding, I feel, it would have been interesting to spread the studies over a longer time frame to determine what other factors may affect fawn populations (i.e. wet cold weather events during the birthing season, hard winters, big foot etc...).

Eight Point, I live in Montgomery County also. The amount of land development is incredible. I do not think it will stop until they have paved and developed every available inch.

Want more deer...shoot more predators!

You gotta admit that this money was used in more proficient manor than the money they spent on the Nutkin the Squirrel lawsuit!

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Fawn predator study

Study same as my observations on the Hillsgrove area forests. The habitat has improved but the deer population is static at best. During the fall hunting season see as many bear as deer and hear coyotes and see their signs. The first day of rifle season hear less than a dozen shots. A pair of coyotes or a bear will find almost every fawn in their area. Given with a low deer density in this area the predators kill a larger percentage of the fawns. With years of hunting with bird dogs know they will find almost every bird in the cover hunted. Predators will do the same. Not blaming anyone, just my thoughts.
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