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The DNR and volunteers caught 204 whitetails in the northern forest study area and 135 in the eastern farmland this winter. Mortality of helicopter-caught deer was 19 percent, considered unacceptable, and a review of capture techniques to determine modifications is ongoing.

A total of 73 male fawns received radio collars, as did 45 yearlings and 86 adults of both sexes. A total of 135 of the deer also received ear tags.

DNR researcher Michael Watt said of the 37 known mortalities, 31 were capture-related, three because of wolves, one suspected to bobcat, one suspected as an illegal harvest (cut radio collar) and one unknown.

Kevin Naze, wildtimes@wizunwired.net

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