: (Nancy) Fourth year of field work continuing as proposed. Funding came through for the 2006 season from DNR and several other sources, though new sources are needed.
Students completed: Masters student, Lesa Skuldt completed her work in October and defended.
Manuscripts: Currently working on 3 manuscripts – due for submission soon. Papers focus on habitat use, movements, and dispersal.
Current field coordinator is Jeromy Chamberlin; we have one vet and 5 techs hired to trap deer right now. We currently have 90 deer on the air. This season focus will be on the young bucks and does within the CWD hotspots where there have been previously identified positives.
New directions to this work include bringing on a Ph.D. student this spring to look at habitat selection, and deer behavior relative to abiotic transmission.