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Islesboro voters approve killing 400 deer to help prevent Lyme disease August 25, 2011 Maine

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Islesboro voters approve killing 400 deer to help prevent Lyme disease August 25, 2011 Maine, Bangor Daily News, By Heather Steeves

The deer are doomed. Voters here decided Wednesday night to kill about 400 of the about 500 deer on the island.... the voters blame the animals for a Lyme disease “epidemic” in the small community....The vote was 100 to 28 to reduce the deer herd. The island will cull the herd from about 50 deer per square mile to 10 deer per square mile....The deer on the island are the only breeding and feeding ground for ticks. Half of the ticks on the island carry Lyme bacteria, which can cause Lyme disease in tick-bit humans. [deer are immune to Lyme so are very unlikely to transmit the disease, see research page]



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