“Ancient” Doe Found in Northwoods

This is the most impressive find I’ve seen this winter. The photo is of a wild
doe’s jawbone, and it is evident this is one old deer! The doe was killed recently
in northern Wisconsin by a farmer who was utilizing an ag-dep tag. The doe was already
in starvation mode, but that condition was probably brought on by her advanced age.
My biologist friends in the WIDNR aged the deer at 12+ years. To put that in perspective,
that deer was born in the wild when I was starting my third year here at D&DH
(I’ve been here since 1994). For a wild deer to survive that many seasons — dodging
hunters, wolves, coyotes, bears, automobiles and disease — is truly incredible.
—Daniel E. Schmidt


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