MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources plans to launch a five-year study this fall to gain a better understanding of how predators interact with chronic wasting disease to affect deer survival in southwestern Wisconsin.
The study will begin by capturing predators such as bobcats and coyotes and placing radio collars on them so the agency can track them. The agency will begin capturing and collaring deer in January. The collars will record and display the animals information multiple times per day, resulting in what DNR officials say will be unprecedented information on movement, behavior, habitat use and predator-prey interactions.
The study calls for capturing and collaring 200 adult deer, 100 fawns and 60 predators annually.
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