DNA study measures 1900s deer restocking effort in Southeast

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Scientists are studying deer DNA to gauge the success of restocking efforts a century ago in Southeastern states.

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi wildlife agencies are paying for the Mississippi State University research.

A university news release says that Steve Demarais, a professor at MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, collected genetic samples from deer throughout the United States. He’s trying to determine whether Northern deer that were moved into the South survived long enough to pass along their traits.

Stocking occurred in the early 1900s, when deer were scarce in the Southeast because of habitat loss and unregulated hunting.

State agencies at the time obtained deer from around the Southeast and from as far away as Michigan and Mexico, releasing them in the region.

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