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Wildlife and Forestry Research - Ungulates

Wisconsin currently has three native ungulate species; white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. Ungulate species greatly add to the wild appeal of open space, perform important ecological functions, and provide recreation for wildlife enthusiasts. In fact, the white-tailed deer is Wisconsin's state wildlife animal [exit DNR].

Ungulates are particularly affected by modified ecosystems and habitat. A broad range of information is needed on the ecology of ungulates in a variety of situations.

Population numbers and trends are needed; monitoring methods need to be examined and improved where appropriate, and ecological factors resulting in excessively high or low populations need to be determined. The DNR is constantly developing information for ecologically sound management of ungulate species.

Wildlife and forestry researchers are currently involved with the following projects relating to white-tailed deer:

White-tailed deer research projects


Radio-collared adult female white-tailed deer being released. Adult male white-tailed deer captured in a box trap and fitted with a radio-collar. White-tailed deer fawn with an expansion break-away radio-collar. White-tailed deer fawn being weighed to help determine age.

Last revised: Tuesday March 31 2015