Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Council Hears Deer Management Strategies

The City Council and public received information Monday on a program for community deer management, something the state Division of Fish and Wildlife developed in recognition of the increasing incursion of deer into residential suburban neighborhoods.

In his April 4 blog post, City Council President Rashid Burney invited people to come hear about the program and said it was not just about culling deer. But in fact killing deer is largely the bottom line in the program, though contraception methods were also discussed. Rather than try to replicate the presentation by Principal Biologist Susan Predl, I will direct your attention to this link to the information.

Burney expressed concern about Lyme Disease and was also interested in deer repellents and fencing, but the presentation was strictly on getting rid of deer using methods applicable to neighborhoods.

Because the deer population has expanded so much, in rural areas hunters can now kill as many deer as they want. The Division of Fish and Wildlife even began a program to have excess venison distributed to hungry people so hunters could kill beyond their own immediate need for venison.

If a municipality decides to undertake a Community Deer Management plan, the governing body must give approval, costs must be borne by the municipality and the plan must receive state approval before it can happen. As Burney pointed out, the presentation was informational only at this point.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a NON issue for a Plainfield Councilperson to focus on. ONLY if the surrounding towns do something about their deer population will it have an impact on Plainfield. He should stick to getting Plainfielders to stop throwing trash onto the streets.


9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only deer but yesterday I saw a turkey on my neighbor's front lawn, and 3 times in the past 2 weeks I've seen turkey vultures snacking on road kill, in Plainfield!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 2nd ward residents should move into the 4th ward... they wont have any deer problems there!!!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Corvus said...

Never had a Deer, Rabbit, aargh then the deer ate all my tulips!

Happily and luckily just under 2 inches and the Greens grew back and then Wonderfully the flowers showed up.

Help with deer please, I love animals and would not hurt a thing but maybe something to discourage them?

Thank You

9:49 PM  

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