Ecological Impact of White-tailed Deer on Our Forests

White-tailed deer are one of Minnesota’s most socially, economically and ecologically important critters. Their importance stems from their beauty, popularity as a prized big game animal, nutritious venison, useful hides, impressive antlers, and ability to create fun family hunting memories and boost revenue for local businesses and outdoor industries. However, deer also collide with vehicles, can damage gardens, crops and […]

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Help guide Extension programming by taking a short survey

A super cute deer looks out from a lush, green forest.

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Wildlife programs are looking for participants to complete a survey to better understand what Minnesotans know and feel about deer in their community and woodlands. Your responses will help in developing an Extension program that will assess the impacts to forest vegetation by white-tailed deer in Minnesota. If you are interested in what […]

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Decision support for community-based deer management

Communities around the United States are struggling with problems related to deer. These include deer-vehicle collisions, tick-borne illnesses, and damage to woodlands, landscaping, and other natural areas. A new online resource provides support to local leaders who are searching for practical guidance to navigate contentious deer management issues. The Community Deer Advisor offers a process for structuring local deer management […]

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December 2015 webinar: Impacts of Deer Browse on Forest Regeneration across the Northern US

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Forest managers are greatly concerned about the effects that browsing from white-tailed deer have on forest regeneration processes. Deer can reduce the abundance and composition of trees and herbs through browsing and can alter the habitat availability for a variety of organisms. This webinar will highlight recent research on deer density and its […]

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Gray Wolf (Canis lupis) – Northwoods Icon

By: Jodie Provost, DNR Private Land Habitat Coordinator Gray wolves have a unique legacy and saga in Minnesota. Through the ups and downs, the majority of Minnesotans have valued this Northwoods icon as ecologically important, scientifically fascinating, aesthetically attractive, recreationally appealing and significant for future generations. Wolves inhabited most of North America north of 20 degrees latitude prior to European […]

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Building Fences and Partnerships

By Julie Miedtke, University of Minnesota Extension-Itasca County Early in May, Grand Rapids High School Students and Woodland Advisors took to the woods to install a deer exclosure at the Forest History Center.  Working side by side students and volunteers cleared vegetation, dug holes using post hole diggers, and by mid-afternoon the fence was raised. Keith Matson, a man who […]

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New web resource: Caring for deer and forests

By Susan L. Stout, US Forest Service A Resource Center for Eastern North America Deer, forests, and people are connected. Forests provide food, cover, and clean water that deer need.  Forests growing on nutrient-rich soils with many food plants can support many more deer than forests with poor soils and few forest floor plants. That is, they have a higher […]

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Deer do not need supplemental feeding

This is a January 16, 2009 press release from the Minnesota DNR (source). Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers are urging people not to feed deer this winter even though it may appear they need help to make it through the cold and snowy conditions. “Deer have evolved several strategies to help them survive Minnesota winters,” said Jeff Lightfoot, […]

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