Medford students study the Taylor County deer herd. It is a pilot project that has gained community support.
The program grew out of a federally funded DNR research project. Students in Medford's Advanced Biology classes took part, volunteering to help capture, tag and release the deer. The DNR study looks at deer mortality. It aims to find out how and when they die and what causes the deaths.
Now, as an outgrowth of that project Taylor County will do a study of deer. Students in Shop classes at Medford built the traps, and the Taylor County Sportsmen's Club committed $5,000 for the project. There are also many community members that have stepped up to help out.
The science students hope to use the information they gather to enhance the deer herd in their area and provide valuable information for Wisconsin DNR.