The Pony Express

Filed under News

Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

The+doe+waits+in+the+trap+on+the+morning+of+Dec.+4%2C+2018%2C+just+an+hour+prior+to+the+commencement+of+the+experiment.+The+deer+was+lured+into+the+trap+using+corn+as+bait.+
Back to Article
Back to Article

Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

The doe waits in the trap on the morning of Dec. 4, 2018, just an hour prior to the commencement of the experiment. The deer was lured into the trap using corn as bait.

The doe waits in the trap on the morning of Dec. 4, 2018, just an hour prior to the commencement of the experiment. The deer was lured into the trap using corn as bait.

Photo submitted by Andrew Weaver

The doe waits in the trap on the morning of Dec. 4, 2018, just an hour prior to the commencement of the experiment. The deer was lured into the trap using corn as bait.

Photo submitted by Andrew Weaver

Photo submitted by Andrew Weaver

The doe waits in the trap on the morning of Dec. 4, 2018, just an hour prior to the commencement of the experiment. The deer was lured into the trap using corn as bait.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






On Dec. 4, science teacher Andrew Weaver’s Field Biology and AP Biology classes caught a deer in the ELC. Once the deer was anesthetized and unconscious, students proceeded to gather information on the two-year-old doe using blood samples. They also had to regulate the deer’s body temperature, as anesthesia can have an effect on the deer being able to regulate it by itself.

The week prior to the capturing of the deer, students caught a smaller doe that had escaped because, during the process of collapsing the trap, the deer broke through a piece of the net. After the malfunction, they tweaked the trap a bit and it was successful in capturing the deer the following week.

Along with gathering information through hands-on experiments, the students also strapped a radio collar to the deer, which is programmed to send data back to a receiver where students can keep tabs on the deer. With better technology than previous years, this collar can provide more information on the deer’s movement patterns. Not only is the current collar more capable, but the battery duration also has the potential to last for the next four years.

[…]we all walked back to the trap and the deer was out of the cage.”

— Bethany Olson

“Technologically, we can reprogram the collar to send us less information and therefore have the batteries last longer, or we can program the collar to send a whole bunch of information and have the collar life last longer,” Weaver said.

To assist Weaver in facilitating the capturing of the deer, he was helped by Peggy Callahan and some of her interns from the Wildlife Science Center. Not only did she facilitate with Weaver, but she is also a professional anesthesiologist with wildlife and dealt with all of the anesthesia. After they secured the collar, Callahan then gave the deer a drug that would reverse the effects of the anesthesia and allow the deer to regain consciousness.

“The interns with Peggy Callahan, along with Jack Flaherty, went to go and actually get the deer out of the trap and give her anesthesia to make her go to sleep. After they did that, then we all walked back to the trap and the deer was out of the cage,” senior Bethany Olson said.

It was a process in and of itself for Weaver to even be able to do this with the state’s approval. It started many years ago when Weaver was in graduate school learning and mastering the skill of radio telemetry. This lead to him writing a grant for radio equipment such as antennas, receivers, and collars that he then used on raccoons, squirrels, and other smaller animals. With his skills in trapping smaller animals developed, Weaver then contemplated trapping a deer. The state loaned him a trap, he then formed a relationship with Callahan and was permitted to trap deer in the ELC.

“You have to have someone that is certified and has a license in order to inject the deer with anesthesia and Mr. Weaver had to have a license in order to be able to track the deer,” senior Charlie Hazelroth explained.

The tests performed on the deer, as well as monitoring and tracking its movement with the radio collar will provide useful information for current and future students, as well as local hunters who helped fund the radio equipment. They will now be informed and have a greater understanding of local deer movement patterns and behavior.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

Hi my name is AJ Gunderson and I am a junior Podcast Reporter. In my free time I enjoy making music and videos, skiing, mountain biking, and playing ultimate...

Leave a Comment

The Pony Express intends for this area to be used to foster healthy thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to the standards of the Pony Express and to be respectful and constructive. Furthermore, we do not permit any of the following inappropriate content including: Libel or defamatory statements, any copyrighted, trademarked, or intellectual property of others, the use of profanity and foul language or personal attacks. All comments are reviewed and approved by staff to ensure that they meet the standards of this publication. The Pony Express does not allow anonymous comments. We require a name and valid email address submitted. This email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. Online comments that are found in violation of these policies will be removed as quickly as possible.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Downtown’s colorful light tunnel attracts locals

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Winter semi-formal dazzles dance-goers

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Pony Possibilities Night seeks out eighth graders

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Da Vinci Fest blends passions of community

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Winter break kicks off with Coffee House

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    School board in discussion to cut $2.5 million

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Anderson Elementary adds Buddy Benches to grow friendships

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Voted 21st safest school in the metro area

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Unbreakable second grade friendship still holding strong after nine years

  • Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

    News

    Shelly Christensen wins Minnesota House of Representatives election

Navigate Right