Throwback Thursday: Marking Deer to Trace Migration Routes

By Tom Batter, WIL Scientific Aid

WIL Readers, get ready for some nostalgia!  We are catching up to social media trends and introducing a new feature to the blog: Throwback Thursday! We would like to share a glimpse of what wildlife management was like in the days of yore through articles, images, and reports from the past.

Today we bring you an article from Outdoor California’s June 1955 issue.  And yes, that’s Melvin R. Clover of collapsible Clover trap fame!


Tracking movement patterns of deer and other large mammals is still relevant to contemporary wildlife management. However, modern techniques have evolved along with modern technology.  Nowadays a study animal is more likely to be ear-tagged or fastened with a radio or GPS collar for research.  You’ll be hard pressed to find any bucks or does dyed for Mardi Gras festivities anymore!

The plight of the Amargosa vole highlighted in recent LA Times article

A Los Angeles Times article released today highlights three Mojave species vulnerable to increasing drought and the long term impacts of climate change.

The CDFW WIL is part of the inter-agency-academia team helping to recover Amargosa vole populations.

An ear tagged amargosa Vole is ready for release.

An ear tagged Amargosa vole is ready for release.  Each tag has a unique number so that biologists can track  the survival of  individual voles. Photo by CDFW.

Click here to read the article and watch a video of our UC Davis partner, Professor Janet Foley, explaining the plight of the vole and demonstrating how we work with voles.

To see our previous post about Amargosa voles click here.