Deer Diet Breakdown: What Do Deer Eat?

White-tailed deer are absolute plant-eating machines, but understanding what foods they prefer to eat will vastly improve your knowledge and effectiveness in both managing and hunting them. A deer needs to consume about 6% to 8% of its body weight daily, from spring through fall, in green foliage and browse, to stay healthy. That’s a …

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Some Piebald Deer Suffer Fatal Deformities

Piebald deer are the result of a rare genetic trait that causes a mix of white hair patches among patches of the normal “brown” deer color. The genetic mutation causes these patches of skin to lack the specialized pigmented cells that give deer hair its color (In true albino deer, these pigment cells are present, …

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Can Science Breed CWD Out of Deer? Not Likely

Pennsylvania’s state veterinarian thinks the best hope for controlling chronic wasting disease is to identify and selectively breed deer least susceptible to the fatal illness and slowly change the species’ gene pool until all herds — wild or captive — are CWD-free. That’s what Kevin Brightbill — a doctor of veterinary medicine and the director …

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Understanding State Agency Efforts to Control the Spread of CWD

One thing 2020 has taught us is that new diseases can change everything. The COVID-19 virus started in wildlife, spread to humans in every corner of the world, caused a massive health crisis, and impacted our workplaces, schools, restaurants and airports. Initial reactions to emerging diseases often are stressful because we lack knowledge and are …

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CWD Roundup – March 2022

CWD Roundup is the National Deer Association’s (NDA) bi-monthly update on all things chronic wasting disease (CWD). We’ll provide the latest updates on CWD spread, research and policy from across North America. Updates are provided alphabetically by state and province. Alabama In early January, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announced a …

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