Over the summer and fall, you may notice fawns in and around Ledges State Park that have radio collars or ear tags. These fawns are part of a study being conducted by personnel in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University to learn about fawn survival in central Iowa.
Iowa is nationally renowned for having a high quality white-tailed deer herd, along with producing trophy-class antlers. The size of these antlers are the result of a deer’s age, genetic background, and its environment. The objective of this study is to quantify variation in antler characteristics in Iowa deer and identify if there are any ecological factors associated with that variation.