GPS tracks deer in US

GPS tracks deer in US

SHARE

Scores of deer in central New York in US will be tracked by GPS around the clock for a year in an effort to discover more about their habits and, in turn, learn more about the potential spread of chronic wasting disease, a highly contagious and unavoidably fatal neurological disorder. Researchers from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will fit the deer with collars that use a GPS to mark their locations every five hours for one year. The location coordinates will be plotted on a map using GIS This will provide definitive information about the seasonal movements of deer, a very accurate location of the animal every five hours for a year. This will help the researchers to learn precisely how they use the landscape for seasonal movements. Deciphering the patterns of deer movement should shed light on how disease spreads across geographic areas. The study results will also help wildlife managers learn more about controlling deer populations, and by extension, diseases like chronic wasting disease. The location of each deer, at each point in time, will be recorded on a chip. The researchers will download the information into a computer, accessing a record that includes the deer’s longitude and latitude, the altitude and temperature, and the time and date.