The University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, in partnership with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, has been conducting a 3-year project to assess survival and cause-specific mortality of white-tailed deer does and fawns in southeastern Kentucky, an area where deer numbers have remained stubbornly low despite restocking efforts decades earlier. M.S. Forestry graduate students Caleb Haymes and Joe McDermott in Dr. John Cox’s wildlife research lab have focused their thesis fieldwork on determining what factors (e.g. predation, disease, road collisions) may be suppressing population growth of deer in this region. Their research findings should help inform state wildlife managers in their efforts to meet deer management goals. 

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Terms: Research