Attacks by Urban Coyotes Are Rare, but Frightening, New York Times, Jan 9, 2020A coyote attacked a 5-year-old boy near the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago on Wednesday, sending him to the hospital. The individual attacks, particularly of a child, are frightening. Although such events are rare, they are now common enough in major urban areas to be familiar. The reason is the extraordinary number of coyotes now living in the midst of densely settled cities.

EHD Outbreak in Illinois Claims More than 400 Deer, Chicago Sun-Times, Nov 2, 2018As of October 29, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has received reports of 432 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in 2018.

Illinois measure to test deer feeding under review, Herald-Whig, Aug 4, 2018The bill under review would launch a five-year experiment to test how feeding Illinois deer affects the wild herd’s health, the Chicago Tribune reported . The study would lift the 15-year-old rule that makes it illegal to feed deer. Opponents of the study fear that feeding stations could attract large gatherings of animals and spread a variety of diseases, including chronic wasting disease. The fatal disease wrecks a deer’s nervous system and is present the animal’s saliva, urine and feces.

Deer sightings are on the rise in Aurora, causing wrecks as drivers swerve, Chicago Tribune, Sept12, 2017
With mating season set to begin soon, deer will be a more common sight on Aurora area roads. They have already had an impact on drivers in the city, as crashes on Sept. 2 and 6 in Aurora stemmed from drivers swerving to avoid deer only to strike objects along the side of the road. The Sept. 6 crash was so bad the driver had to be extricated from his car.

Hunters kill fewer deer in Illinois, shows population getting under control, DNR says, Chicago Tribune, Dec 19, 2016The state’s modern era of deer hunting, in which each county is given a deer quota, has been in place since 1957. In recent years, DNR biologists have set deer hunting goals for each county based on a number of factors, including the number of deer-motor vehicle crashes, previous year’s hunting numbers and disease among the population.

JJC officials propose expanded deer culling program, Herald Life, Oct 6, 2016“The damage to our crops continues to escalate”. A hunter who participated in the pilot culling program, said the JJC property is a sanctuary for the deer because it has abundant food, adequate water and habitat. He said the only predators he was aware of were a couple of coyotes and cars. “This is heaven for them. So you will get an explosion of numbers until the land can’t support it anymore,” Vandermyde said to board trustees. He proposed focusing heavily on the female deer population as there are large number of them having twins and triplets.

Urban deer hunting flies ‘under the radar’ in the Q-C, QCTimes, Oct 1, 2016 Urban deer hunting seasons began two weeks ago in Bettendorf and Davenport. The controlled archery-only programs were implemented at separate times more than a decade ago to thin herds in the respective cities. The city of Rock Island’s annual archery hunt, which started in 2013, begins its fourth season Saturday. The Rock Island County Forest Preserve District hosts a controlled bow hunt, as well, at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City.

Joliet Junior College wants to continue reducing deer population on campus, Chicago Tribune, Sept 30, 2016Trustees this week began discussing continuing a program that was approved last year. The college is working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to secure the necessary permits for this year’s deer culling efforts. Noting that the deer population is “out of control,” college officials said they will use sharpshooters to remove deer from the campus.

Illinois is shining star in fight against deer disease,, June 19, 2016 To thwart the spread of the neurological disease, transmitted mainly through deer-to-deer contact, Illinois has increased hunting opportunities and used an aggressive sharpshooter program in infected areas to thin the herd, a strategy that has frustrated many hunters.
Meanwhile, the rate of disease among adult bucks in Wisconsin is as high as 30 percent in a major CWD region where the state is using a less-aggressive strategy. Now, state officials are revisiting that plan.

Glasford man pronounced brain dead from injuries in motorcycle crash, Journal Star, Jund 16, 2016According to a witness, Patton swerved to avoid hitting a deer and fell off his motorcycle after which it is believed his head hit the pavement, he suffered multiple injuries and head trauma.

Man injured in motorcycle-deer accident, JT-GC, June 6, 2016A man was still hospitalized Monday with injuries he received when his motorcycle collided with a deer north of Mattoon on Sunday morning.

Galena officials consider lethal, non-lethal methods to control deer population[subscription required, THonline, June 2, 2016When it comes to culling Galena’s booming deer population, officials say all options – including lethal ones – remain on the table.
Moline City Council approves gunfire in city limits,, May 3, 2016 Moline’s City Council has decided to allow people to shoot deer near homes. The council voted 6-2 in favor of allowing gunfire within city limits. Some homeowners have been pushing for that change, so that an expert could help control a growing population of deer.

Galena voters against taxpayer-funded, lethal deer cull,, March 16, 2016There were 797 votes, or 55 percent of votes cast, against the proposal, compared to 640, or 45 percent, for it. The lethal cull would have occurred if an annual count of deer within the city limits showed the species was overpopulated by state standards.

Westemeier said the deer population needs to be culled, but that he hoped as few taxpayer dollars as possible would go to the effort. He suggested looking at issuing permits to hunters to avoid a more expensive cull. Westemeier also noted the referendum fell flat in the eastern part of the city, where he said the presumed deer overpopulation is not as prevalent. “Why would they want to use taxpayer money if they don’t have a problem over there?” he asked. “We’re never going to get 100 percent agreement. We have to look at how the majority wants it and come up with a solution and a way that is going to be safe, effective and isn’t going to cost a lot of money.”

Bride killed in motorcycle crash as groom drove her to wedding reception, Fox 59, Nov 10, 2015After the couple was pronounced husband and wife, they hopped on Burnett’s motorcycle. A short time later, a deer ran in front of the motorcycle, causing the crash.

JJC official says public seems split on proposed deer kill, Chicago Tribune, Nov 1, 2015JJC trustees began discussing ways to control the deer population in September in light of a growing number of deer damaging crops on the college’s 100-acre farm. Deer have munched away nearly half of the crops on the farm, which also serves as a learning laboratory for horticulture students.

First deer hunt coming to Illinois Beach State Park , Daily Herald, Oct 8, 2015“We put a lot of effort into restoration of Illinois Beach State Park,” Ludwig said. “It’s a unique group of ecosystems to Illinois and the Great Lakes region.”

Ludwig said the park’s natural habitat can be threatened by too many deer. Officials said about 500 plant species — with 51 considered threatened or endangered in Illinois — are in the park that features swale and dune topography.

Motorcyclist dies after striking deer on I-94, WGN TV, Oct 8, 2015CHICAGO — A man has died after being seriously injured when his motorcycle fatally struck a deer on the Edens Expressway near north suburban Northfield early Thursday morning.

Joliet Junior College measuring up deer population problem, Herald News, Sept 29, 2016At Tuesday’s Board of Trustees workshop meeting, trustees were notified of the deer population on campus impacting crops, properties and bike path safety. Judy Mitchell, JJC vice president of administrative services, wanted to see if deer culling – or population control by eliminating deer – would be a viable option. “It’s been a concern, and ongoing concern since 2009,” Mitchell said. She said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources confirmed there is excess number of deer at JJC and that department officials would support deer culling.

Person killed in crash involving a deer, CIProud, Sept 23, 2015One person is dead following an early morning crash in Fulton County. Police say their preliminary investigation indicated a deer ran in front of her vehicle, sending it air born. It ended up in the eastbound lane crashing through the windshield of a vehicle driven by Timothy Myers, 39, of Cuba. Police say Ricky Windsor, 50, of Cuba died on impact with the deer.

Animal activists spur review of deer culling, Chicago Tribune, April 9, 2015The forest preserve began its deer culling program in 2010, and has operated it every year except for 2012-13, when there were concerns about the epizootic hemorrhagic disease among the deer. A total of 620 deer have been culled.

High deer numbers present many problems, News-Gazette, March 1, 2015Leopold came to see that healthy land communities require species diversity and a balance between predators and prey species. His “Sand County Almanac” helped found the new science of ecology, defining relationships of man and nature.

Leopold planted 30,000 pine trees on his Sand County farm in Wisconsin. So many pines were eaten by deer that he concluded the cut-over lands of northern Wisconsin could never grow back their original white pine forests so long as high deer numbers eliminated any species of tree seedling that deer liked to eat.

Lake County expands culling program to thin its deer herd, Chicago Tribune, Feb 20, 2015If populations get too big, the deer clear the forest understory of plants and bushes that are used by other animals for nesting locations. One example is the oven bird, a ground-nesting bird. The understory is also used as cover by woodland frogs and salamanders to hide from predators, and it’s a sheltered resting site for other wildlife species, according to the forest preserve.
Anderson said culling is needed to limit the amount of browsing by the county’s deer population. The district has calculated that 15 to 20 deer per square mile is a good number to preserve the habitat for other plants and animals. Deer per square mile range from the lowest at 12 to the highest at 91.

Rock Island Evaluates Urban Deer Hunt Program ,, Feb 9, 2015From last October to mid-January this year hunters harvested a total of 50 deer in the city. This was the first full season for the program. At the end of 2013 hunters had a trial run that was about a month long in which six deer were harvested. The total population was estimated at more than 400 in a survey a couple of years ago. Deputy Chief Jason Foy who administers the program notes zero safety issues and recommends the program return this fall with little change. The program will likely need to be re-evaluated each year until it’s clear the population is under control. “We look at other cities like Davenport and Bettendorf who still have the program. They’ve gotten it under control but still have to have a certain amount harvested every year to keep it manageable,” added Foley.

Deer culling begins After failed attempt to postpone indefinitely, vote passes 3-2, Galena Gazette, Jan 20, 2015Council members voted 3-2 to approve a budget amendment that paves the way for the culling to take place between now and March. Galena Police Department officers, certified by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will serve as the sharpshooters in three zones in the city.

DuPage culling nearly 400 deer from its preserves, Daily Herald, Nov 16, 2014DuPage County Forest Preserve District has received permits from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to remove 395 deer from 23 forest preserves throughout the county. The culling, which occurs during the overnight hours when the preserves are closed, will continue until the target number of deer are removed. After the hunts, DuPage deer carcasses are processed and donated to food pantries. Last year, more than 13,000 pounds of ground venison was donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Will County to continue deer culling program, Chicago Tribune, Sept 16, 2014DeMauro said the district will continue to use trained sharpshooters to kill the deer. Meat from the deer will be processed and donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. To date, the district has donated more than 20,000 pounds of ground venison to the food bank.
Deer ticks surface already in Lake County, Chicago Tribune, May 05, 2014Lake County officials are warning residents to beware of ticks this spring as the number of confirmed Lyme disease cases almost tripled in 2013 to 46, up from 17 in 2012.

Will County deer cull aims to stop spread of illness, Chicago Tribune, February 18, 2014Sharpshooters will return to a Will County forest preserve to take out a few more deer in an effort to curb a fatal disease among the herd. Forest preserve officials discovered chronic wasting disease in the Kankakee Sands preservation area near Braidwood, which includes the Braidwood Dunes and Savanna and the Sand Ridge Savanna. It is the first documented case of chronic wasting disease among deer in Will County.

Deer population going strong, despite 2 decades of culling programs, Chicago Tribune, Nov 24, 2010Last winter, 14 agencies and communities culled 31 sites, harvesting more than 1,300 deer. Since the late ’80s, the program has resulted in more than 400 tons of ground venison donated to food shelters and charities, said Marty Jones, urban deer project manager for the Natural Resources Department.

Cops kill deer trapped in vacant Crystal Lake condo, Chicago Tribune, Oct 4, 2011A deer that had made its way into a Crystal Lake condominium was shot and killed by police Tuesday morning. Officers were called to Four Colonies Condominiums on the 700 block of St. Andrews Lane around 10:30 a.m. for a report of a loose deer in the complex’s courtyard attempting to smash through outside windows.

Safety major issue with deer culling program, Chicago Tribune, Nov 22, 2010 Sharpshooters and volunteers will be subject to oral interviews, drug tests and background checks. To prove their shooting abilities, they must get five hits out of five shots in a 1.9-inch circle at 50 yards. No second chances, no excuses accepted.

Forest preserve deer cull considered, Chicago Tribune, March 19, 2010Will County is considering opening its forest preserves to hunters for the first time in a desperate attempt to thin a white-tailed deer population three times larger than can live healthfully on the land.

Deer in the Suburbs of Chicago, Illinoise Natural History Survey, 1999Life history information to support our model includes classic deer biology as well as unique behaviors for suburban deer. In general, suburban does are homebodies living out their lives in the same general area as their mothers. Bucks, however, are gregarious, often dispersing during their second summer. Suburban deer often existing at extremely high densities (>150 deer/mile2) continue to have high fecundity (>1.6 offspring per adult doe) even when understory vegetation is severely depleted. Populations at these extreme densities are checked somewhat by reduced breeding by younger does and by higher fawn mortality.

Deer In The Woods, Chicago Tribune, Feb 18, 1989RIVERSIDE — One can only feel for those compassionate, though misguided, altruists working so hard through legal channels to keep the Ryerson Woods deer herd from being shot. But when deer start to outnumber even prolific breeders like rabbits, which now is the case in many wooded suburban areas, and have no natural enemies to thin them out, man must step in to do the job, for there is more at stake here than just danger to a stand of woods.

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