Call the Fawn Hotline 1-812-822-3308

Or email us at deerstudy@bsu.edu



Tim Carter
Ball State University
Dept of Biology

Dept of Biology


Welcome to the Ball State University Deer Study Page



Our Goals:

Many people in Indiana know that Bloomington offers a unique setting, with the amenities that accompany a city, while located next to vast amounts of scenic woods.  This makes Bloomington an attractive place to live, not only for people, but for deer.  For that reason, Bloomington presents the perfect opportunity to fill a desperate need for information about how reproduction, population fluctuations, and movement differ between the deer in the urban areas compared to rural areas.  The goal of our study is to examine the roles that fawns play in the dynamics of urban deer herds, and do not extend past gathering and understanding the role of fawn survival and dispersal in deer herd growth.



What We Do With The Fawns:

When we locate a fawn a small team of biologists will quietly and gently hand capture the fawn.  The fawn will be blindfolded to help them remain calm.  We will attach a small radio collar to each animal.  These collars are custom designed with special expanding folds that will allow the collar to enlarge as the animal grows.  Each fawn will also be weighed and its age will be estimated by using hoof measurements. The entire process will take less than 4 minutes and the fawn will be left exactly where it was found. 

Then every day following collaring we will use radio telemetry equipment to triangulate the fawns location.  This data will help us track the movements of the fawns.  Additionally, if the fawns die for some reason the collar will change the transmitting signal.  If we receive such a signal we will home-in on the signal to find the carcass and investigate the possible cause of death.  This information will be critically important to help determine the causes of mortality both in and out of town.


How You Can Help:

We are asking the citizens of Bloomington to help us find the fawns for this study.  If you find a young fawn bedded down please contact us so we can come and fit the fawn with a radio collar.  Anyone helping to locate fawns can later request the status and history of the fawns they help to locate.

fawn in grass


Call the Fawn Hotline 1-812-822-3308

Or email us at deerstudy@bsu.edu

Questions or Concerns:

If you have questions or concerns please visit our FAQ page for answers to some commonly asked questions.

The full detailed proposal of this project can be found here:

Full Proposal