- 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
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