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'Most Famous Collared Deer' Bagged by Hunter

Buck No. 140 was known for migration that took him across the Mississippi River

(Newser) - Buck No. 140 has crossed the Mississippi River for the last time. The huge deer, famous for what researchers call a "mobile personality," was bagged by a Mississippi hunter last weekend, the Clarion-Ledger reports. Over the course of a study that began in December 2020, Buck No. 140...

Permanent Daylight Saving Would Save Deer, Human Lives
Changing Our Clocks
Takes Surprise Toll on Deer

Changing Our Clocks Takes Surprise Toll on Deer

Collisions with cars spike after the November switch, new study finds

(Newser) - Deer don't use clocks but they would still benefit enormously from making daylight saving time permanent, researchers say. According to a study published in the journal Current Biology , the change would prevent the road deaths of more than 36,000 deer annually, along with an average of 33 human...

Ohio Runner's Ear Nearly Severed by Deer

Rebecca Heasley was participating in a local race

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who was running a two-hour "Space Race" on Oct. 1 ended up having a frighteningly out-of-this-world experience. As Rebecca Heasley of Willowick explains, she initially thought she was hit by another runner who got too close to her. Then she saw blood on her hands. A...

Omicron Found in Wild NYC Deer
Omicron Found
in Wild NYC Deer

Omicron Found in Wild NYC Deer

This is the first time variant has been found in wildlife, researchers say

(Newser) - An unwelcome first in Staten Island: Deer in the New York City borough are the first wild animals known to be infected with the omicron variant, researchers say. Scientists tested blood samples from deer captured during a sterilization program and found that 14.5% out of 131 deer had antibodies...

World's Biggest Organism Is Under Stress
Hungry Deer Pose Threat
to World's Biggest Organism
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Hungry Deer Pose Threat to World's Biggest Organism

Pando, a stand of aspens in Utah, also faces threats from disease and warmer temperatures

(Newser) - It looks for all the world like a giant grove of trees, but this one has a twist: The 106-acre stand of aspens in Utah known as Pando is actually a single organism—and the biggest organism in the world at that. The trees don't grow from seeds but...

An Unexpected New COVID Concern: Deer
An Unexpected
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An Unexpected New COVID Concern: Deer

Lots of deer appear to be infected, and they could provide a 'reservoir' for virus to mutate

(Newser) - A new study is throwing a COVID curveball: It seems that a surprisingly high number of white-tailed deer have the infection. And while the deer don't seem to get sick, they could function as a "reservoir" in which the virus can lurk, mutate, and perhaps jump back to...

Deer-Vehicle Collisions Drop When Wolves Move In
'Landscape of Fear' Cuts
Vehicle-Deer Collisions
new study

'Landscape of Fear' Cuts Vehicle-Deer Collisions

Accidents decline when wolves move into an area, researchers find

(Newser) - Ecologist Rolf Peterson remembers driving remote stretches of road in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and seeing areas strewn with deer carcasses. That changed after gray wolves arrived in the region from Canada and Minnesota. "When wolves moved in during the 1990s and 2000s, the deer-vehicle collisions went way down,...

The Hunters' Photos Were Wild. So Was the Probe Into the Kills

The 'Sacramento Bee' describes the lengths California wildlife officials went to

(Newser) - Depending on whom you ask, the case California wildlife officials made against two hunters over five months in 2019 was either ridiculously complex or not taken seriously. Writing for the Sacramento Bee , Ryan Sabalow has the story, which involves two bow-and-arrow hunters who were "on their way to social...

'Renowned Huntsman' Killed by Pet Deer

Gerard Withers was feeding the animal

(Newser) - A hunter in Ireland died Tuesday after a pet deer he was feeding attacked him, the Irish Examiner reports. Gerard Withers, described as a "renowned huntsman," was gored and trampled by the stag at the Duhallow Hunt Kennels in Liscarroll, per the Irish Independent , which notes that male...

Deer Raised in Home Attacks Neighbor

'We can’t say it enough: Wild animals are not pets'

(Newser) - A Colorado woman's attempt to raise a deer at home ended with bloody antlers, scared neighbors, and a hefty fine. Authorities say 73-year-old Tynette Housley was cited for two misdemeanors after the buck deer gored a neighbor in Black Forest, El Paso County on Friday, Fox reports. Officials say...

Family of Man Killed by SD AG: 'A Deer Doesn't Look Like a Human'

Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer, but 'I didn't see what I hit'

(Newser) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says he only learned he'd killed a man when he came upon the body several hours after reporting a collision late Saturday. Joe Boever, 55, was struck and killed while walking along Highway 14 west of Highmore around 10:30pm. Ravnsborg, who was...

9-Year-Old Girl Who'd Just Started Hunting Is Shot Dead

Lauren Drawdy, dad Kim Drawdy, accidentally killed by another hunter in South Carolina

(Newser) - New Year's Day was the last day of deer hunting season in Colleton County, SC, which makes what happened there this week even more tragic. WCBD reports that a father and his 9-year-old daughter were accidentally shot and killed in Walterboro while hunting, just a few weeks after the...

Deer Hunters End Up Shooting Themselves in Wisconsin

In 2 incidents, hunters fired at their own foot

(Newser) - Wisconsin's 9-day deer hunting season opened on Saturday, but four-legged creatures weren't the only ones who ended up shot. ABC News reports at least four people were shot as well, though none were hit fatally. A press release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says two of...

Lobsterman Hauls in Live Deer 5 Miles From Shore

He says it would have been a 'goner' if he and his crew hadn't intervened

(Newser) - A Maine lobsterman hauled in an unusual catch 5 miles off the coast—a live deer. Ren Dorr says he was setting traps when he saw a young deer Monday morning. He says the deer had given up swimming and was being carried farther offshore, the AP reports. Dorr and...

Hunter Dies After Deer He Shot Gets Back Up and Attacks

Arkansas man was gored several times

(Newser) - An Arkansas hunter died after a deer he thought he'd killed got up and attacked him. Thomas Alexander, 66, died at a hospital, KY3 reports. An official with the Game and Fish Commission said that after shooting a buck near Yellville on Tuesday with a muzzleloader, Alexander "went...

Nevada Battles 'Zombie Deer'
Nevada Battles 'Zombie Deer'
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Nevada Battles 'Zombie Deer'

Symptoms include a loss of fear of humans

(Newser) - "Zombie deer" are already in Utah—and Nevada fears it could be next. The state has stepped up measures to monitor deer and elk populations for chronic wasting disease, a deadly and irreversible disease that destroys brain tissue in deer and other animals, the New York Daily News reports....

Stuck Deer Gets Ironic Help
Stuck Deer Gets Ironic Help

Stuck Deer Gets Ironic Help

A hunter gives her a leg up out of an empty pool in Germany

(Newser) - With a little help from a hunter, firefighters have freed a deer that got stuck in an empty swimming pool in a German town, reports the AP . The fire service in Wetter an der Ruhr, in western Germany, said it was alerted to the animal's plight on Monday. Five...

Teen Hunter Killed by Friend Who Thought He Was a Deer

17-year-old was in heavy foliage in Georgia woods

(Newser) - A 17-year-old hunter in southeast Georgia was killed after another member of his hunting party made a tragic mistake, authorities say. The Glynn County Police Department says Bobby Lee Lane was in heavy foliage Saturday when he was shot by fellow hunter Hector Romero, who had mistaken him for a...

Pet Deer Kills Owner, Then Nearly Kills His Wife
The Deer a Man Kept as
a Pet Ends Up Killing Him

The Deer a Man Kept as a Pet Ends Up Killing Him

Family is 'devastated' after rare attack in Australia

(Newser) - A pet deer killed an Australian man and left his wife in critical condition Wednesday. Paul McDonald, 47, went to feed the animal—a cross between a red deer and an elk—when it attacked him inside an enclosure on the couple's property in Moyhu, Victoria, reports ABC News...

Man Who Tried to Save Deer Now Faces Fine

John Stoll of Pennsylvania brought animal to garage after it fell through frozen lake

(Newser) - It's one of the more unusual wildlife fines you'll hear about: A man in Pennsylvania faces a penalty after he tried to save a deer's life. As the York Daily Record explains, John Stoll of Wellsville helped firefighters and wildlife personnel free deer that had fallen through...

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