September 29, 2015
MADISON -- Operation Deer Watch, the annual citizen-science survey that tracks the numbers of bucks, does and fawns will conclude Sept. 30. It is not too late to submit your observations. Each year outdoor enthusiasts submit hundreds of observations which contribute to monitoring white-tailed deer population trends in Wisconsin. .
"The summer months are an important time to collect data the department uses to assess deer populations around the state," says Jes Rees Lohr, research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Sightings from Operation Deer Watch supplement the department's existing summer deer observation database. These surveys provide fawn to doe ratios; a parameter for deer population estimates.
Participants may submit their observations online by going to dnr.wi.gov and searching keyword "deer watch," or by mailing their tally sheets to Wildlife Surveys, Attn: Brian Dhuey, 2801 Progress Road, Madison, WI 53716. Participants can also find more information on the site including videos and results of previous year's surveys.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Dhuey, 608-221-6342