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Deer runs through western Michigan medical office, Detroit Free Press, Oct 14, 2017Medical assistant Marcia Jones tells the Grand Haven Tribune she was preparing to give a 61-year-old woman a flu shot when the deer came crashing through a window. Jones says she left the examining room and the buck followed her out.
Michigan CWD symposium brings together national wildlife, disease experts, Statewide DNR News, Oct 10, 2017Several members of Michigan’s recently formed CWD workgroup (with representation from both the Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development) were on hand to hear and consider the latest CWD information being shared.

To hunt, or not to hunt? Panel debates ethics of deer population control, HV1, Oct 9, 2017While acknowledging that “there are important, often passionate current social and political controversies surrounding hunting in today’s political discourse,” Miller’s essay concluded that “hunting remains the most effective and efficient method for controlling free-ranging deer populations.” Citing a wide variety of studies, his brief rejected the options of contraception or sterilization of wild deer as far too costly (estimated at $500 to $1,000 to administer birth control to each doe, $5,000 for a vasectomy on a buck) and argued that areas with significant human populations could not support the reintroduction of large native predators such as timber wolves.

Hunt To Keep Deer Population Under Control In Mercer County This Winter, Patch, Oct 9, 2017The Mercer County Park Commission will hold allow deer hunting to keep the overabundant deer population under control at Baldpate Mountain this winter, county officials announced. The Deer Management Program, to be held on select days from Dec. 4, 2017, through Feb. 10, 2018, is open only to those who have applied and been accepted to the program.

Deer disaster just a matter of time; action needed now (commentary), SILive, Oct 8, 2017As the city continues is long-term vasectomy strategy to reduce Staten Island’s booming deer population, the problem is growing more critical by the day. Just days after reporting a huge increase in collisions with deer on borough roadways, there was a frightening and potentially deadly encounter on New Dorp Lane.

London’s Royal Parks accused of ‘callous slaughter’ by animal rights activists after culling more than 10,000 animals including 2,657 rabbits and 1,221 crows, Daily Mail, Oct 7, 2017The Royal Parks insists ‘humane’ culling is essential to maintaining ecological diversity in its open spaces. A spokesman said: ‘The Royal Parks are carefully managed spaces and complex environments inhabited by thousands of species of animals and plants. It’s a very careful balancing act to make sure that the wildlife can co-exist and flourish in the parks’ delicate ecosystems. Without effective management some species across the 5,000 acres of parkland could fail to thrive or disappear altogether. Our humane approach to animal management also ensures the survival of ancient trees and other rare habitats – which in turn support a rich variety of other animals.’

Federal lab confirms Montcalm County deer had chronic wasting disease, Statewide DNR News, Oct 6, 2017The animal, harvested in Montcalm Township in Montcalm County, is the 10th free-ranging deer in Michigan found to have chronic wasting disease. The youth hunter who harvested the deer opted to take the animal to a Department of Natural Resources deer check station and then submitted the animal for testing – steps the DNR strongly encourages hunters across the state to take during the 2017 deer hunting seasons.

Appeals Court Hears Case Accusing Officials of Animal Cruelty for Bow-Hunting Program, Bethesda, MD, Oct 5, 2017Bethesda resident Eilene Cohhn has spent about two years challenging a deer-management policy that she believes is inhumane and unnecessary. Her representative, a staff attorney with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, argues that it’s also unlawful. “The (Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) has the right to kill deer. They don’t have the right to make them suffer before they die, if that is avoidable,” attorney Jenni James said, adding that using sharpshooters is preferable.

Deer causes thousands of dollars in damage after dress shop rampage, CNN, Oct 4, 2017A New York dress shop owner is cleaning up her store after a frantic deer wandered in – making a mess and damaging the merchandise. The frightened animal spent an hour in the store, carving out a path of destruction as it bounded up and down the aisles, running into racks of clothes and knocking over displays.

Monessen, PA : Deer carcass, speed are factors in teen’s fatal Ligonier Township crash on October, Wednesday 4th 2017, Accidents in US, Oct 4, 2017Ligonier Township Police said Wednesday that a high school junior who died Tuesday while driving to school on his 17th birthday with his younger brother lost control of his car after hitting a deer carcass.

WATCH: Deer Runs Wild Through Staten Island Store, CBSNY, Oct 3, 2017Customers shopping at a clothing boutique on Staten Island got quite a scare Monday when a deer darted into the store. “It was ramming into the door. It was hitting the mirrors,” In Phase Fashions owner Margaret Cavuto told Roy. “People were hiding in different spots.” She said it caused thousands of dollars in damages after spending about an hour wandering through the store until police and park rangers were able to tranquilize the animal. Sources later told CBS2 specialists determined the deer had sustained life-threatening injuries and was put down.

Man dies after four-wheeler hits deer in Upper Peninsula, MLive, Oct 2, 2017A Chicago man died in the Upper Peninsula this weekend after his four-wheeler struck a deer and the vehicle flipped over.

Why deer sex means higher risk for Michigan drivers, Free Press, Oct 2, 2017A new 2016-2017 study by State Farm found that Michigan drivers have a 1 in 85 chance of having an insurance claim for damage caused by hitting a deer. The report ranks Michigan in the top ten states where drivers will have a claim dealing with a deer, elk or moose collision. The reality is not just that Michiganders have an inflated chance of hitting one of these big animals, but that they can cause some very real damage, both to the car and one’s pocketbook. According to State Farm the average cost for a deer-related vehicle claim had gone up nearly five percent — costing today roughly $4,179.


Could Reducing Deer Populations Reduce Lyme Disease?, Entomology Today, Sept 28, 2017In a new article published in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management, Sam Telford, Ph.D., from the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, argues that reducing deer populations is a key component of managing tick populations.

Deer Reduction Is a Cornerstone of Integrated Deer Tick Management, Journal of Integrated Pest Management, Sept 28, 2017Deer reduction must be considered in any discussion of effective community level intervention to reduce the risk of Lyme disease. There were three main factors that allowed the epidemic to emerge (reforestation, suburbanization, and dense deer herds). Only deer density may be targeted in efforts to reduce, over the long term, the risk landscape to what it was prior to the epidemic. Deer reduction targets tick reproduction without which there is no enzootic transmission cycle. Arguments against the utility of deer reduction as a mode of intervention mistakenly conflate its potential efficacy with the sociopolitical obstacles for implementing such an action.

Dogs Can Be Vaccinated Against Lyme Disease. Humans Can’t. Mother Jones, Sept 27, 2017Lyme disease—notoriously difficult to spot and treat, and diagnosed in about 300,000 Americans every year—had a vaccine, but it’s no longer available to the public. The immunization you can now give your puppy is essentially this original vaccine. It’s hard to say exactly how many dogs contract the illness; by some estimates, a quarter of dogs in endemic regions have Lyme disease; others put that figure between 41 and 73 percent. Cats can get it, too. Many believe a Lyme vaccine [for humans] is needed now more than ever; according to one study by the CDC, the number of counties with a high incidence of Lyme has nearly quadrupled since the mid-’90s. And researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that Americans shell out up to $1.3 billion per year to treat it.

San Juan Islands are overrun by deer, The Island’s Sounder, Sept 27, 2017The lack of understory foliage is indicative of a deer-populated forest, said Milner. An untouched forest in the islands has thick greenery lining the ground. The abundance of [black-tailed] deer has resulted in a depletion of available nourishment for the deer, leaving the population nutritionally deprived. Because of this, the island deer are smaller than their mainland counterparts, grow slowly and have little fat on them. Additionally, there are fewer twins born to island deer, and the mortality rate for twins is about 50 percent.

Fruit growers feel ‘helpless’ against marauding deer, Oliver Chronicle, Sept 27, 2017At any one time, several deer help themselves to ripening fruit, taking a bite out of a peach and moving on to the next one. But the real damage comes when they eat the leaves off young trees, stunting their growth.

MEMORANDUM REGARDING RED OAK SEEDLINGS AND DEER BROWSE LEVELS, provided to A2gov on Sept 25, 2017 by Jacqueline CourteauMemo reviews the 15% browse level as a target metric for vegetation damage, outlining in greater detail how that level was derived and its utility in considering impacts on oak regeneration, as well as correlations between that level of damage on oaks and damage on more sensitive wildflower species.

Money, Power, and Deer Urine, New Yorker, Sept 25, 2017The plan’s disparate treatment of urine and meat is an example of what economists call regulatory capture: the process by which regulators, who are supposed to pursue solely the public interest, instead become solicitous of the very industries they regulate. Such industries typically use enormous amounts of money and political power to influence every detail of regulation.

Hunting is down in the US. The Trump administration wants to change that, CNN, Sept 22, 2017On his first day in office back in March, Zinke issued two orders, one which overturned a recent ban of lead ammunition and fish tackle on Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters. Last week Zinke issued another secretarial order designed to increase access to various public lands for hunters and fishers.

Solving Staten Island’s Deer Problem With a Snip and a Stitch, NYTimes, Sept 22, 2017 “People said it was just not logistically possible to capture this many deer and sterilize them,” said Sarah Aucoin, chief of education and wildlife for Staten Island’s parks department. “But we can tell you that it’s not logistically impossible. We are reaching the number of deer we were hoping for.” Staten Island oversaw 720 vasectomies last year, when the project launched, and they estimate that about 92 percent of the sexually active male deer on the island were sterilized. Last month, a six-person team began searching for the remaining adult bucks, as well as younger males, which they estimated to be about 250 in August.

Deer in Genesee County tests positive for EHD, MI DNR News, Sept 20, 2017The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Laboratory and the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory today announced they have confirmed that a free-ranging white-tailed deer in Genesee County has died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease. EHD is a viral disease, sometimes fatal, found in wild ruminants such as white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk. There is no known effective treatment for, or control of, EHD in wild populations. The disease has been seen for decades in many areas of the United States.

Urban Deer Hunt in City of Davenport,, Sept 19, 2017“To help keep the population in check by hunting deer in what might be within the city limits, primarily. You know a lot of the time, hunters might have to drive distances and the urban deer population can grow a little strong and cause problems,” Hock says, “so we do allow hunters to participate in some hunting in the area, so it helps control the deer population and giving hunters the chance to hunt in those locations.”

Controlled deer hunt recommended in Saddle River,, Sept 18, 2017 The borough’s Environmental Commission has recommended that officials pursue a controlled hunt to reduce the town’s deer population, abandoning a non-lethal deer management plan that has been debated for months, but would not produce the immediate results.

Oh, deer. If you’re a Bellingham resident who likes to do this, you might have to stop, Bellingham Herald, Sept 18, 2017The Bellingham City Council is considering a ban after hearing from residents frustrated by neighbors who purposefully feed deer, drawing them in great numbers and exacerbating problems that come with a burgeoning deer population, according to city officials.

“Everyone on my street has a story. I’ve sustained over three thousand dollars in property damage and you might recall, a buck rammed his antlers into my window because my cat was sitting on the other side,” she wrote to the council. “Within the past two months two dogs have been seriously injured on my block from aggressive bucks.

Deer contraceptive will not reduce Lyme disease, researcher says, CBCNews, Sept 14, 2017A U.S. zoologist says contraceptives work well to reduce deer populations, but they are costly to administer and will have no impact on the rate of Lyme disease in New Brunswick.

Dr. Allen Rutberg of Tufts University said “There’s not much evidence to show that modest reductions in deer populations will do anything for Lyme disease,” said Rutberg, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts’ veterinary school.

Ann Arbor deer cull now part of national high school ethics debate, MLive, Sept 13, 2017Huron High School senior Miguel Cisneros’s case, “The Cull,” written with help from fellow Huron students Ellie Makar-Limanov and Frank Seidl, has been selected for inclusion in the case study set featured in regional competitions in 25 states beyond Michigan leading up to the National High School Ethics Bowl.

Deer eating habits have lasting damage on forests, Cornell News, Sept 11, 2017When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass. These eating habits lower native plant diversity and abundance, while increasing the proportion of plant communities made up of non-native species, according to a new study.

Deer sightings are on the rise in Aurora, causing wrecks as drivers swerve, Chicago Tribune, Sept 12, 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.

2017 Deer Regulations Changes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Sept 11, 2017In the video above, the DNR’s Chad Stewart fills you in on some of the deer hunting regulation changes that are in effect this fall.

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