Connecticut Deer News

Danbury, CT residents spot a rare all-white deer in the woods August 23, 2014 Connecticut, WWLP 22News 
... “To see one lone white deer was pretty amazing,” ... “It’s probably a Piebold deer as opposed to an albino,  so it does have pigment." ...


Redding, Lyme Disease - Will Shelton go the Wrong Way? June 29, 2014 Connecticut, Shelton Patch 
...  After reviewing the numbers from the last four years,  provided by both the Connecticut Health Department and the CT DEEP we see that the deer population is now down 60% + and that Lyme disease, reported cases in Redding are up  62.5%.  
In 2010 the Redding, CT reported Lyme cases were  8  and in 2013 they are now  13.        What happened to all the " Wildlife Experts " that said, " Less Deer = Less Lyme " ?  ...

Shelton, Deer overpopulation in Shelton? May 16, 2014 Connecticut May 16, 2014 patch.com
... over the last two years the CT DEEP has manipulated data on deer populations claiming Shelton, CT has over 1,500 deer or 48 deer per square mile... Shelton, CT is  31.9 square miles and has approximately 450 deer or 14 deer per square mile within it`s borders... Comment from reader:  This exactly what they did in redding they claim you have a deer problem then they bring in their buddy's at white buffalo to come shoot your deer and charge 1500-2000 per deer and the taxpayers pay the cost! Of course they will do aerial surveys from a helicopter but never tape it so you can't count the REAL number of deer seen... The only way to accurately count deer is with an FLIR aerial survey like they did in Westport. 

Wallingford, Panel says no deer hunt for now May 9, 2014 Connecticut, The Record-Journal
... Conservation Commission members were adamant Thursday that any controlled hunting of deer at Tyler Mill is “years away,” and still awaiting further studies from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. … Paul and Lisa Powers, who live adjacent to Tyler Mill, said they’ve seen a decrease in the number of deer near their yard in recent years...

Sunday Deer Hunting Bill Clears House May 2, 2014 Connecticut, CT News Junkie 
...  It only allows the Sunday hunting in “deer management zones” approved by the state Energy and Environmental Protection Department... Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington, opposed the bill ... said her opposition stems from her work with children riding horses in the woods....

Pemberton, Shaban support Sunday bowhunting April 26, 2014 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot 
...  The state Environment Committee proposed House bill 5080, ... If the bill were to pass, it would authorize Sunday hunting of deer on private property with bow and arrow and authorize landowners to take deer pursuant to professional wildlife management principles...

... Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said Friday that he needs more information. “The first thing will be to have evidence documenting that there’s an over population,” he said. “The next step would be what should be done about it. I don’t think conclusions have been reached whether there’s over population.” ...

Shelton, What should be done about all the deer in Shelton? April 20, 2014 Shelton Herald 
... The deer population in Connecticut appears to have peaked in 2000, and has been declining ever since ... “On a statewide basis, we’re probably driving the deer population down,” Kilpatrick said during a presentation at City Hall. “But we still have areas with a growing deer population.” ...

Bulbs, yes, but no food for deer April 14, 2014  Connecticut, CT Post
... Daffodils ... Deer won't eat them ... Hyacinths also don't particularly appeal to deer ...  grape hyacinths, or muscari... Small bulbls:  Snowdrop, striped squill, also known as puschkinia ... English bluebells and wood hyacinth ...

...  experts believe Connecticut's deer population has dropped from an estimated peak of 126,000 eight years ago... Hunters like Newtown's Glen Ekstrom agree that Connecticut's deer population is down ... . He thinks it may now be "a hair under" 60,000 animals...

...  More than 12,500 deer were hunted in Connecticut during 2013, and nearly half of them were taken by bowhunters. Use this searchable database to compare the deer hunt in different towns...

... the legislature is considering allowing hunting on Sundays... DEEP said giving bowhunters more shots at deer needs to happen because there’s a growing overpopulation problem in the state ... 

Helicopter Surveys, Deer ... in Connecticut March 18, 2014 Hartford Courant Blogs
... State experts used to try to come up with a statewide deer population total, but Williams said there were so many difficulties with those sorts of numbers that they quit trying ... But Williams said there’s little doubt that our deer population has plunged...

Aerial deer survey results March 5, 2014 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot
... the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) conducted helicopter aerial deer surveys of four square miles in February 2013 and six square miles in January 2014... Average estimated deer density pre-sharpshoot and post state-regulated hunting season on the four square miles in 2013 was just over 30 deer/square mile. Average estimated deer density on four square miles on non-deer reduction areas (two CDC sites, two non-CDC sites) in 2014 was 34 deer/square mile...

Redding, Call made for investigation into Redding deer culling February 20, 2013 Connecticut, connecticut.news12.com 
... resident claims that 16 deer were illegally killed near his property by a culling company  ... White Buffalo, was hired as part of a federal tick study ...

Coyote Vs. Deer: Death On The Ice February 15, 2014 Connecticut,  theday.com 
... I ... pivoted in time to see a lone coyote loping through the snow.  This was no scrawny, Roadrunner cartoon caricature, but a bulky, muscular animal the size of a German shepherd, with a thick, silvery coat... The coyotes sprinted along a peninsula and pounced.  Within minutes there was nothing left except a blotch of red on the ice ... [Coywolves, coyote and wolf hybrids, are relatively new to Connecticut and much of the east coast]

Redding, Counting bucks and does February 13, 2014 Connecticit, Danbury News Times
... Kirby Stafford, an entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station ... it's down to 30 to 40 a square mile." ... "The sportsmen believe the numbers are 13 to 15 deer per square mile," said Chris Siburn, the former deer warden who lost his position in the flap... He and others believe there are far fewer deer than noted in the counts made by the state ...

The Daily Voice
... more than 300,000 deer hunting permits issued and hunters spending, a cumulative total nearly 6 million days afield ... 

In Shelton, 8 Deer Hunted and Killed in 2013 January 2014, Connecticut, Patch.com 
...  10,108 deer were hunted and killed here ... about 57 percent of the kills came through archery ... Search through the interactive map above to get town-by-town information ...

New Haven's Tweed Airport To Construct New Wildlife Deterrent Fence January 16, 2014 Connecticut, aviationpros.com
...  Tweed New Haven Regional Airport is gearing up to begin construction on a new "wildlife hazard deterrent fence" to keep animals like the deer that was struck by a plane taking off on Sept. 20, 2012, off the runways... 

Deer hunter already fined; case dropped by prosecutor January 15, 2014 Connecticut, Waterbury Republican-American 
...  A judge dismissed animal cruelty charges Wednesday against a hunter shown on a December 2011 video killing a wounded deer with a .22-caliber rifle, stabbing it in the chest, and posing with the animal on his New Hartford property.  The charges, thrown out by Judge Elizabeth A. Gallagher in Bantam Superior Court, were the first of their kind filed against a Connecticut hunter, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection...

... The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say ... they are concution a study that looks at differing methods to control ticks, which are transmitters of Lyme disease ... it's a temporary experiment that focuses on only a two-square mile section of the town ... a three year study ...


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Connecticut Data:  An unofficial estimate of 60,000 deer in the state in 2014. Although the state no longer makes a population estimate, given the difficulty of getting to a reliable number, the agency does track deer density in some particular areas. The last official estimate was 126,000 in 2006.  In 2014, a state expert (Scott Williams) concluded that the deer population has plunged.  Increased predation by  coyote and bobcat populations are thought to be the primary factor for the recent deer population decline, the first measured since the early 1900's when deer were very scarce from over hunting and conservation measures were implemented. The first statewide deer hunt in recent history was opened in the 1970s. Now, deer densities of 30 per square mile are not uncommon in the state.  Hunting data approximately tracks the deer population.  

Other useful links:
 Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (also the Connecticut Division of Wildlife and the Connecticut Fisheries Division)

Urban Deer Management: East Hampton Group for Wildlife 

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to conserve, improve and protect the natural resources and environment of the
  State of Connecticut in such a manner as to encourage the social and economic development of Connecticut while preserving the natural environment and the life forms it supports in a delicate, interrelated and complex balance, to the end that the state may fulfill its responsibility as trustee of the environment for present and future generations. from Mission Statement