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Coyotes still main deer predator, U.P. study shows {WI}
Journal Sentinnel ^ | Feb. 18, 2012

Posted on 02/19/2012 6:34:03 PM PST by SJackson

With a recovered gray wolf population and thriving numbers of black bears, coyotes and bobcats, predators are one of the most common topics of conversation among Wisconsin hunters and wildlife watchers.

The question is often asked: What predator is the most significant cause of deer mortality in Wisconsin?

The Department of Natural Resources embarked on a pair of deer research projects in 2010 that will add facts to the conversation.

The first-year report is due to be released soon.

But a study in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has been under way for three years and has produced several preliminary reports.

It's titled "Role of predators, winter weather and habitat on white-tailed deer fawn survival." The Carnivore Ecology Laboratory at Mississippi State University is leading the study; it's being conducted just north of the Wisconsin-Michigan border in Menominee County.

Researchers have attached radio collars to adult deer and fawns and follow the animals to learn more about their movements, choice of habitat and causes of death. In 2011, the study had about 40 adult deer and 50 fawns radio-collared.

The researchers also have GPS collars on bears, bobcats, coyotes and wolves in the study area.

Last year we ran a story with preliminary results that showed coyotes were the leading source of predation on both adult deer and fawns.

The most recent update was issued last fall. What's it show?

For the third straight year, coyotes killed more adult deer and more fawns than did wolves, bobcats or bears.

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KEYWORDS: coyote; deer
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1 posted on 02/19/2012 6:34:11 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

sounds like a project for the social engineers.

2 posted on 02/19/2012 6:35:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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While I've no reason to question the results, the size of the study over three years makes any conclusion highly suspect, and relevant only to the immediate area.

The cumulative three-year record shows coyotes have preyed on seven adult deer in the study, wolves on three and bear and bobcat one each.

Similarly, over the three years coyotes have preyed on 22 fawns, outpacing bobcats (12 fawns), bears (four) and wolves (four). One fawn was killed by a bald eagle.

3 posted on 02/19/2012 6:36:59 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Its a jungle out there.

4 posted on 02/19/2012 6:42:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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5 posted on 02/19/2012 6:45:07 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: SJackson

They got a fawn in my backyard last Labor Day. I’m only a mile outside Detroit! It is a jungle there. :)

6 posted on 02/19/2012 6:52:31 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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7 posted on 02/19/2012 6:55:29 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: SJackson

It’s hard to imagine coyotes taking adult deer here- maybe in deep snow in a weakened state- but highly unlikely.

Plenty of them around, but they mostly play hell on rabbits and and mice. Birds that ground nest are at risk come spring.

8 posted on 02/19/2012 6:55:46 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: SJackson

So, what are the wolves eating?

9 posted on 02/19/2012 6:57:17 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: One Name
I'm in Oklahoma.....

I can say for sure...coyotes are taking adult and young deer here.

They are the biggest predator of whitetail deer here.

No matter the month.....

10 posted on 02/19/2012 7:02:25 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: SJackson

My guess would be cars and trucks!

11 posted on 02/19/2012 7:05:33 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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12 posted on 02/19/2012 7:05:36 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Osage Orange

We raise exotic deer in Mississippi. No wolves here; but wild dogs and coyotes decimated our herd one year. They killed many of our fallow and red, bucks, does, and fawns for the sheer joy of it.

13 posted on 02/19/2012 7:08:36 PM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: SJackson

BS - main cause of death for deer (outside hunting season) remains man - poaching and autos cause the greatest losses to deer population.

14 posted on 02/19/2012 7:29:25 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Maybe in an urban area, but in more rural areas a surge in yotes can have a huge impact on local wildlife, deer included.

Normally they will leave cattle alone, but when one goes off to give birth, the yotes apparently smell it and I’ve witnessed them circling, looking for an opportunity. It took a gunshot to scare them away... a running truck didn’t seem to deter them.

I know of at least one case this year where the calf was attacked before it was out of its mother. One other where the calf’s scattered bones were all that was left to prove the mother had even given birth.

As for the deer, the biggest group I’ve seen in years is seven. Before we had the yotes (or at were aware of them) I drove through a group of deer one night and stopped counting at 27. I haven’t seen any wild turkeys in years either, but we used to before we had coyotes.

15 posted on 02/19/2012 7:45:46 PM PST by OHelix
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To: SJackson

We have ole Wiley Coyote here in the mountains but ya haven’t seen nothing till you see a Giant-literally a giant Great Pyrenees Dog terminate Coyotes. Its fast, almost scary the power and speed these Dogs possess. If the Sheep don’t make it to the barn at night they will herd them in and if one is missing, they seem to know and will go looking for it. Our female Pyr. has actually brought new lambs back in her mouth.

16 posted on 02/19/2012 7:50:21 PM PST by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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An amazing series of pictures HERE of an adult buck taken down over several hours by coyotes.
17 posted on 02/19/2012 8:06:20 PM PST by OHelix
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To: JamesA

My father in law raises sheep. He had a female Pyr. What a great animal. Decimated any intruder she didn’t approve of. No worries about the kids either. She was a baby doll terror! Loved that dog.

18 posted on 02/19/2012 8:41:35 PM PST by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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19 posted on 02/19/2012 9:14:52 PM PST by matthew fuller (Daniel Hannan is a better "American Citizen" than any Democrat and many Republicans.)
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To: SJackson

I thought it would be automobiles.

20 posted on 02/19/2012 9:22:08 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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