Connecticut Deer News

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 temporyry experiment that focuses on only a two-square mile section of the town ... a three year study ...

Thinking of whitetails at the end of deer season December 26, 2013 Connecticut,  Norwich Bulletin 
... Connecticut first opened a statewide deer hunting program during the 1970s ... the harvest as of December 22 (when we called) was down by about 20 percent ... when the mast crop (primarily acorns) that deer feed heavily on during the fall to put on the extra weight required to get them through the winter is high, the deer harvest tends to decline...  deer do not have to travel very far to feed, thereby reducing the odds of them walking past a waiting hunter...

State Targeting Jan. 1 for Lottery to Hunt Deer with Shotguns December 26, 2013 Connecticut, Patch.com
... One minute after the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, Connecticut residents will be able to enter a lottery to hunt deer with shotguns on specific state lands... Implemented in 2013 as a replacement to the paper lottery system ... 

Tweed Airport awards contract for $1.5M wildlife fence December 19, 2013 Connecticut, aviationpros.com
... The Canadian owner of an air ambulance that was seriously damaged when it struck a deer on the airport's runway Sept. 20, 2012, sued the airport and its operator in federal court last week, seeking $5 million in damages... 

Predators reduce state deer population December 16, 2013 Connecticut,  Waterbury Republican-American 
... Results from the first two years indicate that predators [including bobcat] are taking a toll, and are responsible for the first significant decline in the deer population in Northwest Connecticut since they repopulated the state in the early 1900s...

New Milford, Deer Harvests are Reducing Populations December 6, 2013 Conecticut. countytimes.com 
... The Nature Conservancy’s Sunny Valley Preserve in New Milford is in the midst of a controlled hunt ... Howard Kilpatrick, a wildlife biologist at DEEP [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] who specializes in deer, said ... “[Culling] the deer population is like cutting your grass,” Mr. Kilpatrick said. “You have to continue to cut it or it will just grow back. You have to maintain it.” ...  Mr. Kilpatrick said the research on birth control has shown it to be impractical. [non-lethal methods for deer population control]

Weston, Why deer hunts should be stopped November 26, 2013 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot
... The Nature Conservancy calls itself a science-based organization concerned with protecting plants and animals but there doesn’t seem to be anything scientific about its limited deer hunt ... fly-over deer count in Fairfield County showed a marked reduction in the deer population, down to about 40 deer per square mile ... And while deer motor vehicle collisions have decreased, data from the Connection Department of Public Health shows the number of Lyme disease cases (confirmed and probable) on the rise again ...

Weston and Redding, Devil's Den Deer Hunt Starts Today November 19, 2013 Connecticut, Patch.com
... The Nature Conservancy's annual "controlled" deer hunt at the Devil’s Den Preserve ... controlled hunts have been allowed each fall since 2001. ... "The Nature Conservancy calls itself a science-based organization concerned with protecting plants and animals, but there doesn’t seem to be anything scientific about its upcoming limited deer hunt at Devil’s Den nature preserve," a recent Friends of Animals press release said...



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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..  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

White Tail Deer wandering in Connecticut Backyard



Suburban Connecticut Deer - December, 2012