Area sportsmen have the opportunity to be part of an important wildlife research study locally.
As part of the joint research study between the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Mississippi State University, ear tags and radio collars have been placed on wildlife captured and released in Delta and Menominee counties in 2009 and 2010. With hunting seasons starting, anyone who comes in contact with wildlife with a tag or collar is being asked to report it to any DNRE office in the Upper Peninsula. Doing so will provide researchers with valuable information about wildlife in our area.
Captured adult deer were given round, colored ear tags, and pregnant does and newborn fawns were radio-collared. Captured bears, bobcats, coyotes and wolves were also outfitted with ear tags and radio collars.
The research study is ongoing and won't be completed until 2012. Researchers, though, have been successful in capturing and radio-collaring good numbers of pregnant does, fawns and predators. They are asking for reports from hunters, trappers and the general public of tagged and collared wildlife to assist their efforts in the field.
Wildlife with ear tags or radio collars, with the exception of wolves, can be harvested legally during hunting and trapping seasons. Reports of harvested tagged or radio-collared wildlife, or observations of these animals can be made at any DNRE office in the Upper Peninsula.
Hunter flock to the woods in the autumn to take part in hunting seasons ranging from game birds to whitetail deer. Should you happen to encounter a tagged or collared animal during a hunt, please take the time to report it to researchers conducting this study. Your cooperation will help wildlife management efforts that will benefit both hunters and wildlife.