Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra visited a deer reporting station in Barre during Youth Hunting Weekend. They talked with biologist John Buck of the Vermont Fish And Game Department about how the state manages the deer herd and the role that deer play in Vermont's ecosystem.
We also learn about why the state is extracting deer teeth for study this year. Much like counting the rings on a tree to determine it's age, slicing an incisor reveals rings that show us the animal's age.
You can find more information about Vermont's tooth extraction program and management of the state's deer herd at these links:
Tooth Collection Project.
Vermont's white tail deer management plan.
Facts about the health of Vermont's deer herd.
Sightings of white tail deer at iNaturalist Vermont.
Basic facts about the white tail deer.
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.