Snow-covered ground helps biologists to tally in chronic wasting disease zones
Helicopter teams will conduct aerial deer counts throughout Dane and Iowa counties and near Baraboo from Wednesday through mid-February, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
DNR biologists are conducting aerial deer counts in portions of the chronic wasting disease management zone.
Regional spokesman Bob Manwell in Fitchburg said in a news release Wednesday that completion of the deer count operation is dependent on the presence of several inches of snow, which helps deer stand out on the landscape from the air.
Areas in western Dane and eastern Iowa counties and in the Baraboo area by Devil’s Lake State Park are scheduled for survey flights, officials said.
The DNR said about 260 square mile sections will be surveyed.