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DNR releases results of deer mortality rates study

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Some surprising new results Wednesday on a study into the main causes of death of deer in Wisconsin.

The DNR is studying the survival and mortality rates of deer.

New results show that of the deer studied in Wisconsin, predators were the leading cause of death of adult does. Hunters were the second main cause. That's a reversal from  last year. The DNR does not know the reason for the change.

Also, for the second year in a row predators were once again the main cause of death of fawns.

This winter and spring the DNR will continue to capture deer and put radio collars on them. The ongoing study will play a role in deer management decisions in the future.

Click here for study results

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