Michigan State University's 3-year study will focus on deer populations in Clinton, Ionia, Ingham and Shiawassee counties. From January to May of each year, male and female adult white-tailed deer will be captured and briefly sedated by highly-trained field staff. Each deer will be fitted with the latest in GPS collar technology, specifically designed for use on white-tailed deer. Additionally, each deer will be equipped with uniquely numbered ear tags, allowing researchers to identify deer from a distance. All captured deer will be released at the same location they were initially caught.
The collars allow our researchers to track the movement and survival of each deer for up to 2 years. Location data is captured for each deer every 30 minutes, allowing us to map their movements at a very fine scale.