Blaine Students Track Deer in Yearlong Study

Updated: 02/18/2014 12:08 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 11:42 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Students at Blaine High School are studying how deer move about in an urban setting.

The school’s Outdoor Adventures class is doing a yearlong study of whitetail deer movement with the help of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. So far, the class has been tracking squirrels and raccoons with radio telemetry, but now they will move on to tracking whitetail deer.  

The students will attach a GPS telemetry collar to a deer at the end of March, which will help them track the location of the deer anywhere from 6 to 24 times each day for up to three years. They will look at where deer gather during the winter months and how far they travel during the mating season.

The MDHA’s North Suburban Chapter donated $750 to the study, and the MDHA’s State Habitat Committee matched the $750 donation.

The president of the North Suburban Chapter of MDHA said in a statement that the association wants to support these projects that help educate students about hunting and conservation.

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