From the Northern Crew:
Dear deer people,
I was out of town most of Thanksgiving week, so not a lot of news to report on the deer front. However, I did get a repair estimate last week for the “new” truck that was recently added to my inventory and needs inspection. Hoping to have all 3 trucks up to snuff before Christmas.
I did a mort-run on the fawns yesterday afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00PM. Boy were the hunters out en masse! The fawns were all alive, but they had definitely altered their locations in response to the increased human presence in the woods.
PGC Deer and Elk Section
From the Southern Crew:
This week didn’t necessarily go as I had planned [in the field, when do they ever?]. I didn’t make it to the bear check station in Beavertown on Monday. I called Matt around 4:30 PM when I was finished with fawn monitoring, and they only had checked 7 bears. Since they had enough help, I chose to skip bear check this year. I missed talking with the hunters and PGC employees, and of course, helping process the bears. Maybe next year!
Unfriendly schedules and appointments on Tuesday kept Levi and I from getting Clover traps on State Game Lands 215. Now, we are going to wait until rifle season is over to go to get them.
I struggled with getting some information together for what should have been a simple truck repair. When I wasn’t monitoring fawns or using LOAS [computer program that calculates location coordinates and stores data], I was contacting people about this repair.
The southern study area also had another roadkill buck on Route 322. This buck was captured on 3/3/16 in Rothrock. This is our fourth deer to meet its demise on Route 322 within the last 3.5 weeks [remember that pulse].
On the bright side, I saw a pretty red-shouldered hawk this week and a barred owl last week. Two of my favorite birds of prey! Then again, I think I say that about all birds of prey.
Field Crew Leader
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