- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Researchers from Ball State University are again studying this season’s deer population in Indiana.

Specifically researchers are hoping to collar male fawns so they can track them in future years as they grow, because bucks are more likely to travel long distances and more difficult to locate, according to the researchers. Instead of studying the animals while they’re young, the researchers plan to monitor the fawns’ movement during their first year of life so they can be located next year and trapped for another study on both urban and rural adult deer.

“We’re studying the adult population, and we’re having trouble finding bucks in town,” said Jonathan Trudeau, one of the graduate students conducting the study.

When a fawn reaches the end of its first year of life, it leaves its home range and sets up its own range elsewhere. The researchers hope the study will allow them to discover where those ranges are for deer living in urban and rural areas in central Indiana.

The researchers are enlisting the help of Monroe County residents to alert them when they spot a newborn fawn.

In addition to collaring fawns, researchers have been working to trap a total of 60 adult deer in Bloomington and the surrounding rural areas since the beginning of the year.

“The adults are so much larger,” Trudeau said. “The techniques (for capturing them) aren’t quite as simple.”

The researchers will be looking for fawns and adult deer through July 31, and then their collaring project will start up again in January, The (Bloomington) Herald Times (https://bit.ly/1M17p8g ) reported.

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Information from: The Herald Times, https://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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