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Commentary: The most-feared predator of all for whitetails? One study shows it’s humans

In a 2018 study, it was found that deer were nearly twice as likely to run from human audio recordings than those of any other predator. (Photo by John LaMere)

As someone whose career was based around wildlife, sometimes a report or a study comes out that makes me shrug with a “no kidding” feeling creeping over me. Recently, Steve Rinella shared such a fact-finder in his MeatEater newsletter.
This one looked for the answer as to what predator was the most likely to stimulate a response in white-tailed deer behavior. In other words, what scared them into altering their habits. Conversational human voices were overwhelmingly the most fear-inducing of the sounds to which the deer were exposed.

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