|Mature Buck Makes Lip Curl: Canon 7D 500mm f4 ISO 400 1/800 sec. f4.5|
Early this week,I spoke to fellow PGC retiree and wildlife photographer, Billie Cromwell who arrived in the park the first day (Wednesday) of our trip, but decided to stay for a few days. Sometime later in the week he spoke extensively with a ranger near the Big Meadows campground. According to that ranger, the radio collaring program had ended two days prior. If this is the case it is entirely possible that we saw the collaring crew on the last day that program was in effect.
|What a relief to photograph a buck without a collar: Canon 7D 500mm f4 ISO 400 1/800 sec. f4.5|
The big question at the moment is how long the study will affect the deer of SNP. If they do not collar more deer or replace the collars on those already processed, within a few years things should return to normal as the collars are designed to fall off in time. But all to often research programs gain a momentum and keep going and going. Of course an even worse disaster would be the actual arrival of CWD in the park.
|Is this alert doe looking for bucks, predators, or a radio collaring crew?|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.