This month

March 2018

No joke: Ann Arbor is removing deer ovaries. Lawmakers aren’t laughing., The Bridge, March 14, 2018As for sterilization? Cities across the country have experimented with different forms – and contraception – for years. Some efforts haven’t gone so well. A few years ago, for example, Cornell University tried sterilization using a technique called tubal ligation. But the technique didn’t work on every deer. A few still produced fawns. And the experiment offered another surprising result: even does with blocked fallopian tubes continued to chemically signal their readiness to reproduce. The signals attracted a parade of bucks from surrounding areas, making the landscape even more crowded. By removing the deer ovaries, Ann Arbor should avoid that fate, Porter and other experts say.

Chronic Wasting Disease: Coming to a Deer Population Near You, Sierra Club, March 11, 2018To control the disease, 32 states have implemented bans or restrictions on importing captive animals from areas with CWD, and 42 ban or restrict hunters from bringing in animal parts from other states, according to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, a partnership of conservation groups. States also track the disease in wild herds by encouraging or requiring hunters to bring deer and elk to checkpoints for testing, and occasionally by sending in sharpshooters to kill deer in areas with CWD.

Bill would ban permits for wild game sterilization, MPR, March 11, 2018In Ann Arbor, a contractor has been sterilizing white tail deer, as part of a larger effort to reduce the city’s deer population. But a bill before state lawmakers would ban the state from issuing another sterilization permit like the one in Ann Arbor.

Sharpshooters didn’t stop the deer population from getting out of hand in Delafield. Now, the city has another plan., Journal Sentinal, March 9, 2018Now, the city is proposing a new, and hopefully more permanent, solution. The committee recommendation after a report presented to the common council that says the best way to reduce deer population is to “combine city-contracted sharpshooting, state and county park deer harvesting, with private landowner and city property-allowed bowhunting to reduce the deer herd.”

Deer continuing to die on large, fenced private property in Independence Township,, March 6, 2018Many believe the deer are starving to death, and that they will continue to suffer and die unless an authority intervenes.

February 2018

Deer cull set for University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, MLink, Feb 23, 2018DEARBORN, MI – Sharpshooters with silencers will begin conducting a deer cull this weekend, Feb. 23-24, in a 300-acre Environmental Study Area on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, citing concerns about elevated tick populations, an unsustainable deer population and other ongoing environmental damage.

Tick-borne Lyme disease exploding into Michigan; human cases up 5-fold, Detroit Free Press, Feb 23, 2018Ticks are of interest because of what they often carry with them: the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. When the ticks bite an animal, seeking a blood meal, that bacteria can transfer. And that bacteria, in dogs, horses and humans, can cause Lyme disease, a serious affliction that can be permanently debilitating for people when it’s not treated early and well. There were fewer than 30 human cases of Lyme disease reported in Michigan in any year between 2000 and 2004. By 2009, the number had jumped to 90 reported cases. By 2013, it was 166 cases.

‘Destructive’ deer targeted in cull at U-M Dearborn, Detroit Free Press, Feb 22, 2018Sharpshooters will take to the trees at University of Michigan Dearborn starting Saturday to kill deer that officials say threaten the environment and could harbor disease-carrying ticks, which have been found in the area. The goal is to reduce the deer population from 70 to about 20-30. The cull will take place in part of the wooded, 300-acre Environmental Study Area during spring break.

DEC seeks public input on deer population, management in new statewide survey, Rome Sentinel, Feb 22, 2018Area residents are among the first group being asked to participate in a new statewide survey seeking public opinion on interests and concerns relating to the deer population and how it is managed by the state, topics include the extent of interest in deer viewing or hunting; types of concerns about deer such as damage they can cause; and whether deer population sizes should be changed. The mailing includes a postage-paid response. The survey is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), working with Cornell University’s Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU).

Cañon City Vision Committee mulls controlling deer population, Daily Record, Feb 21, 2018The Cañon City Council is soliciting feedback from citizens on a proposed deer harvest within city limits to control deer herd populations. The reasons for facilitating a possible deer harvest go beyond protecting flowers and avoiding collisions with motorists. Jim Aragon, the area wildlife manager based in Salida, said it’s also a human health and safety issue.

Rose Valley seeks Pa. permission for a deer cull this year, TownTalk, Feb 21, 2018 Due to the continued deer destruction of two of the borough’s three municipally-owned parklands, council voted unanimously to apply to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for a 2018 cull permit. If approved, the organized event would be the first since 2012. The archery-only cull would follow this year’s bow and arrow hunt. Complaints of deer on private property, both in number of animals and frequency of sightings, are increasing. Reports of five-seven deer are common and Lyme disease remains a persistent problem.

Venison from Metroparks deer cull donated, Swanton Enterprise, Feb 20, 2018Metroparks Toledo donated 11,284 pounds of ground venison from this season’s deer management program to three agencies who feed local people in need: Cherry Street Mission, Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Assumption and Family House in Toledo. All donations were coordinated through Cherry Street. he meat is from the 2017-2018 deer management season, which has now concluded for the season. Under the plan, the Ohio Division of Wildlife authorized Metroparks to remove up to 285 deer from seven parks.

Recreational hunting inadequate to control deer population, Farmers Journal, Feb 20, 2018Recreational hunting is inadequate as a deer conservation measure and as a method to control the serious economic damage to grassland, crops and woodlands by wild deer. A professional cull is periodically necessary to reduce densities to tolerable levels in districts where numbers and deer damage warrant this. Recreational hunting may then maintain numbers at sustainable levels, according to the MKDMP [Ireland].

‘People think the deer are lovely. Then they learn more about it’: the deer cull dilemma, The Guardian, Feb 20, 2018It is in the Highlands where the country’s deer problem can be seen clearly: they gorge themselves upon gardens and crops and vegetable patches, they run blindly into the road as speeding cars approach. The true scale of the problem is hard to gauge, but our best guess is that there might now be as many as 1.5m deer in the UK, at least half of them in Scotland; more than at any time since the last ice age.

And with the deer comes plague of another sort: cases of Lyme disease, spread by ticks that use the deer as hosts, have rocketed – in some areas reaching epidemic proportions. But perhaps the most pressing concerns are environmental ones. The red deer eat and eat, overwhelming a delicate moorland ecosystem, trampling the ground, shearing the hillside of vegetation and stripping the bark from the trees.

Alabama Bans Importation of Mississippi Deer Carcasses, USNews, Feb 13, 2018Alabama’s conservation department is banning the importation of deer carcasses from Mississippi to stop the spread of disease. A statement released Tuesday says a 4-year-old buck found dead in Mississippi in January tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. The neurological disease affects deer, elk and moose and is always fatal.

Deer sterilization among many issues on Ann Arbor’s policy agenda, MLive, Feb 12, 2018Addressing the City Council on Monday night, Owen said Tom Crawford and Derek Delacourt from the city’s administration deserve credit for going to Lansing last month and testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee, making the city’s case for sterilization as a way to complement lethal methods.

Charlottesville to Implement Deer Population Management Operation, Feb 12, 2018Charlottesville is rolling out its deer population management operation. Under the cover of darkness, trained sharpshooters hope to take down between 125 and 150 of this overpopulating animal. Last March, City Council moved forward with the deer-curbing plan, citing hazardous driving conditions, health concerns, and environmental factors. The program will last six weeks, starting this month and going through March. But police aren’t saying which specific nights the sharpshooters will be out in the parks because they don’t want spectators to be around the area.

Princeton readying lethal force to deer overpopulation,, Feb 11, 2018“The existence of a ‘deer-overpopulation’ problem is a function of a predator-underpopulation problem,” said ecologist Dr. Robert Pringle, head of Princeton University’s Pringle Lab, which researches how humans affect ecosystems. “The only reason we have to think about how to control deer populations is that we have been too successful in eliminating large carnivores.”

Activists protest hunt to cull what others consider a suburban nuisance — deer,, Feb 10, 2018The issue has become a heated one in many of North Jersey’s suburban communities. Drivers frequently crash into deer on the roads and nature preserve managers bemoan the devastation of their forest understory by deer that eat the vegetation bare, including at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, Greenbrook Sanctuary in Tenafly and Garret Mountain in Woodland Park.

Silver Lake’s first deer culling program nets four deer, Akron Beacon Journal, Feb 9, 2018“I’m disappointed that we didn’t get more than four deer because I still think the deer are a threat to the safety and health of the community,” Mayor Bernie Hovey said at this week’s council meeting, according to the website.

CWD study will track deer movement, Times Herald, Jan 31, 2018Bill Furtaw says he has been a deer hunter for about 60 years. And in those 60 years, he hasn’t seen anything to compare with chronic wasting disease as a threat to the deer herd in Michigan.

Michigan State University and the state Department of Natural Resources are partnering in a deer tracking study, according to a news release, in an effort to assess deer movement and distribution patterns and how they affect the spread of the disease in and around Clinton and Ingham counties.

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