Reindeer Games...On Cam!
“Until now we have had to use remote techniques such as radio transmitters or Global Positioning System collars to study wildlife behavior,'' Millspaugh said.
Things they have observed when going through the footage was what the deer ate, where and when they slept, how they fought, and most importantly how they interacted with each other. The amount of actual deer interaction surprised researchers.
“There was almost constant interaction -- mouth-to-mouth interaction, grooming,'' Millspaugh said. “When we talk about issues such as disease transmission, boy, it's sure useful to know how much in contact they are with one another.''
The National Science Foundation is impressed with Millspaugh's work and is providing a $1 million grant for additional deercam studies. Other areas they want to study is how to best manage the deer population and how the behavior of deer affects the numerous vehicle accidents they are involved with in Missouri.
I managed to get some stills taken from the deer cam footage, and I have to say, it is pretty interesting stuff...
"Don't shoot me! There's a plump, delicious rabbit here instead."
"Look here, Bob. We caught us a BIG one!"
This guy is the most inept hunter in the world.
"Can you hand me my Buckmasters magazine?"