MADISON(AP) -- State wildlife officials are launching a $2 million research effort to better track Wisconsin's deer and understand how predators are affecting the population.
Department of Natural Resources officials hope the project will give them their best idea yet of how deer roam the state and instill confidence in hunters frustrated with the agency's management strategies.
The DNR's plans call for working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to research buck and fawn mortality, aerial surveys in areas where they haven't been performed in the past and studying how predators and weather affect deer. Other facets include hiring a researcher to review car-deer collision data and expanding a database of hunter observations.
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