Between January and May of 2019, we placed GPS collars on an additional 69 white-tailed deer in the study area. In addition to the 5 townships where deer were collared in 2018, we expanded into Westphalia and Riley townships during the 2019 field season.
As of May 2019, we have 102 deer with active GPS collars: 31 males and 71 females. This includes 35 deer collared in 2018 and 67 deer collared in 2019.
We will continue to monitor collared deer in real-time using GPS satellite technology, tracking movement and survival of each deer for up to 2 years. Deer stop transmitting data for a variety of reasons, including hunter harvest and deer-vehicle collisions. All collars are equipped with a remote-enabled release mechanism that allows us to safely remove the collar at the end of data collection.
2018 Field Season Update
Between January and May of 2018, 28 male and 45 female white-tailed deer were equipped with global positioning (GPS) collars within 5 townships of central Michigan; Dewitt, Eagle, Meridian, Watertown, and Williamston. Deer also received yellow, uniquely numbered ear tags. The study area expands a developmental gradient from rural areas dominated by agriculture to suburban sprawls. Trapping efforts focused around areas where CWD-positive deer have been documented on the landscape.