Connecticut

West Conn laboratory reports sharply higher levels of deer ticks in region, Ridgefield Press, June 26, 2017The tick-borne disease prevention laboratory at Western Connecticut State University has reported that its weekly sampling for deer ticks — a common carrier of Lyme disease and other illnesses — has reached the highest population level recorded since the first year that the WCSU lab initiated field monitoring of area sites in 2011.

Deer Management Program Moves Forward in Guilford, Zip06.com, July 26, 2016“It is a matter of management of the population to protect the balance of the environment,” he said. “All of the experts tell us it is a way of managing the population and it is also about the safety of our citizens, because if the deer don’t have enough to eat where they are, they are going to roam elsewhere and run out in the road and cause motor vehicle accidents.”

Number of black-legged ticks increasing in Connecticut, New Haven Register, Feb 23, 2016“People should be very careful when they are having outdoor activities,” said Dr. Goudarz Molaei, director of the ag station’s tick-testing program. “We would encourage people to be extremely cautious.” Among other factors are that “the tick’s ecosystems have changed,” Molaei said. “We have caused substantial disruptions in the environment.” This has caused an increase in the population of deer, “which provide ample opportunity for ticks to get engorged … more than we can see in our recent history.”

In New Haven County, 34 percent of ticks collected by the AG station tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease bacteria; 11.4 percent for babesia microti; and 5 percent for Anaplasma phagocytophilum. In Litchfield County, the rates were 39 percent, 9.9 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively, while in Middlesex County, the rates were 31.5 percent, 8.9 percent and 1.3 percent for the three pathogens.

Weston selectmen approve deer hunting on town property, WestonForum.com, Sept 26, 2015The Weston Board of Selectmen unanimously approved Animal Control Officer Mark Harper’s request to bow hunt deer on town property in an attempt to cull the deer population in town.

Ridgefield expands hunt area to control deer population, Newstimes.com, Sept 18, 2015 Three new properties, including one near a recreational area, will be open to hunters trying to reduce the town’s chronically high deer population. The controlled hunt in Ridgefield began in 2005 to push back against what Zandri said is one of the highest deer populations in the state. He said a recent flyover found 45 deer per square mile in Ridgefield, far more than the target of 20 per square mile. But Zandri said there have been fewer deer sightings recently, proving the success of the hunt.

Deer committee organizing informational efforts on impact of deer population, New Canaan Blog, April 10, 2015Accidents, Lyme disease, and munching through the habitat of songbirds, turtles, and other woodland creatures. The town’s ad hoc deer committee is pulling together information they hope will sway more property owners in town to let bow hunters help manage the population of seemingly ubiquitous white tailed deer in the town. Achieving a meaningful drop in the population requires getting enough property owners to let bow hunters kill deer on private land, committee members said.

Many Native Connecticut Plants in Danger, Report Warns, Hartford Courant, March 26, 2015The report also warns that, “For the first time in 200 years, every state in New England is losing forest,” a result of human activities such as development, attacks by invasive insects, deer over-population, and the impact of climate change. .Elizabeth Farnsworth, the society’s senior research ecologist and the author of the report, said Connecticut’s and New England’s massive deer population is a major contributor to the loss of forest because deer browse on young seedlings.

Shelton Deer Committee: Use bowhunting on some city open space land to control deer, Shelton Herald, Feb 23, 2015“A delayed response will only worsen the problem and make it much more difficult to address in the future,” says the report, referring to the impact of deer overpopulation on the ecosystem, vehicle collisions and Lyme disease.
The report also recommends creating a volunteer-lead program to match hunters with private property owners; monitoring the effectiveness of using professional services to lower the deer populations in other towns; and conducting public education on how deer impact ecosystems, repelling deer in yards, hunting safety, and related issues.

Connecticut’s Extremely Efficient Deer-Killer, Hardford Courant, Oct 27, 2014Despite the controversies, the demand for DeNicola’s deer-killing expertise has risen in tandem with public concerns about deer overpopulation and a growing recognition of the costs of damage deer can cause to the environment and suburban gardens.

Sesto: The need for deer hunting on private property, stamfordadvocate.com, July 22, 2014

Nuisance deer in the spotlight in Bethlehem, timesunion.com, June 11, 2014The Connecticut town of Ridgefield is a decade ahead of Bethlehem. Townspeople there started a committee in 2004.
“Ridgefield was the No. 1 town in the state of Connecticut for vehicle/deer accidents, Lyme disease, the over-browsing of open spaces and a number of other problems associated with overpopulation of white-tailed deer,” said Tom Belote, chairman of the committee.

Cut Down On Deer To Halt Lyme Disease, Hartford Courant, July 14, 2011Let’s stop distracting ourselves with sentiment. There is neither beauty nor cruelty in nature. Rather, there are aspects of nature that strike us as beautiful, and aspects that strike us as cruel, such as an image of Bambi vs. that of an eight-legged creepy crawler.

Don’t Let Your Yard Become a Wildlife Sanctuary, Weston DailyVoice, Jan 30, 2012Animal advocates, hunters and wildlife experts agree that development encroaches on wildlife habitats, forcing many species to venture into the suburbs to seek food and shelter. And now deer, coyotes, fox, raccoons and even turkeys have adapted so well that they have decided to move in — permanently.
Most wildlife experts and sportsmen’s groups say hunting is the best way to keep the wildlife population from growing to unmanageable levels.

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