According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2), of which, 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) is land.
Clifton is up to 50 deer per square mile in 2015. That’s a 30% increase over last year!
Based on the Park Board’s aerial infrared surveys, the total herd population in the study area was estimated to be around 60-65 deer, about 40 of which were expected to be female. White Buffalo’s field observations indicate that in fact the total deer population likely far exceeds the Park Board’s estimates, and may top 100 deer.
Clifton Deer Fertility Control Pilot ProgramAs of the time of this posting (February 2015) non-lethal alternatives to bow-hunting or sharpshooting are practically limited to sterilization, as presented in this Program, and immuno-contraception. There are two chemical contraception options available: GonaCon™ and Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP).
We are sad to report that two of the 44 deer captured died during the release process. Preliminary examinations indicate the deaths resulted from capture-related complications.
Deer Project: Year 2, CliftonCommunity.org, Feb 2, 2017A second year field camera population survey is now underway and will soon provide the first empirical data on migration patterns and population numbers and characteristics. One thing we already know is that the 41 sterilized does did not add new fawns to the population. We also know that all of last year’s tagged does have been seen over the last year in locations close to where they were first darted allowing cautious optimism that the premise of the program and the hypothesis of the study—that does tend to stay in one area.
WHITE-TAILED DEER FIELD STERILIZATION PROPOSAL, White Buffalo, Feb 2015Ultimately, we want to determine the lowest density that can be achieved with only nonlethal management techniques given potential immigration effects. Our secondary objective is to assess the feasibility of training local program participants to capture, handle, and surgically sterilized female white-tailed deer to determine how well this concept can be scaled with minimal professional consultant staffing.