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  • Pat Scala
    Deer in the spotlight of MU study Between hunters and cars, fall is a hard time for deer. Now, University of Missouri-Columbia researchers are gaining insight
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2005
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      Deer in the spotlight of MU study


      Between hunters and cars, fall is a hard time for deer.
      Now, University of Missouri-Columbia researchers are gaining insight
      into a deer's world through small cameras on the animal's head.
      A team led by Josh Millspaugh, assistant professor of natural resources,
      mounted wireless cameras on three white-tailed deer, then collected more
      than 200 hours of "deercam" video, giving a deer's-eye view as the
      animals ate, sparred and played.
      Researchers were most struck by the amount of contact among the deer.
      The work, a partnership with the state Conservation Department, caught
      the attention of the National Science Foundation, which is providing a
      $1 million grant for more deercam studies.
      The study took place at the Charles W. Green Memorial Conservation Area
      near Ashland in central Missouri. The fenced, 10-acre area contained 11
      deer.



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