Missouri conservation looks to better understand whitetail deer by using GPS tracking devices to monitor travel patterns and much more.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has begun a five-year study of the whitetail deer population using GPS. During the early stages of tracking they are learning a whitetail’s home territory may be much larger than once thought. One doe has travelled over eight miles from its original location.
Emily Flinn, of the MDC, explains what they hope to learn in her recent interview with Fox2 News in St. Louis, Mo.
The findings of this study could provide a better understanding of not only travel patterns but birth rate, predation, and population patterns. All of which play a significant role in Missouri’s outdoor industry that injects over one billion dollars into the state’s economy.