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(Not approved by IDNR in free-ranging contexts)

A number of communities throughout the country have employed a "trap and relocate" approach to urban deer. This method involves trapping deer in problem areas and moving them somewhere else.


COST: $400/deer

MAINTENANCE: Required as new deer immigrate in.

SAFETY: This approach poses little risk to human safety.

IDNR: Live trap and translocation, and release of deer into a free-ranging situation is not endorsed by the IDNR for the following reasons:

1) The population of white-tailed deer in Indiana is at a high level. The high deer numbers statewide is exemplified by high hunter harvest and high numbers of deer-vehicle accidents.

2) Competition for resources with resident deer.

3) Low survival of translocated deer. A large percentage of the translocated animals could be expected to die due to traumatic causes, including capture myopathy and deer vehicle accidents.

4) Translocated deer tend to drift back into urban situations at their new locations.**

* O'Bryan and McCullough, Beringer, J., L/P. Hansen, W. Wilding, J. Fischer, and S. L. Sheriff. 1996."Factors Affecting Capture Myopathy in White-Tailed Deer," Journal of Wildlife Management 60: 373-380; New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, An Evaluation of Deer Management Options. Publication No. DR-11. 16p.

** Policies and Procedures, Division of Fish and Wildlife, "Human Conflicts with White-Tailed Deer," June 16, 2010.