Delaware Deer News
Ocean View, Town mulling options for deer control April 23, 2013 Delaware, Bethany Beach Wave
... resident Martha Slavin made a complaint to council about the plethora of deer that appear in her backyard, located close to the woods. Slavin brought her request to McLaughlin [Police Chief], who agreed more deer increases the likelihood of Lime Disease [Lyme Disease not related to deer density] ... McLaughlin recommended a hunt, though cautioned council some residents may not be in favor of such a method...
Three Sussex men charged with multiple hunting violations March 8, 2013 Delaware, Delmarva Daily Times
“These charges represent serious violations of Delaware's hunting laws. ... hunting deer during a closed season, and third-degree conspiracy... Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “Our mission as Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents includes enforcing these laws and other state statutes designed to conserve and protect our wildlife..."
Despite virus, Delaware deer harvest strong March 6, 2013 The News Journal
... Hunters harvested 13,302 deer during the 2012-13 season, slightly less than last year’s total (13,559), but near the five-year average of 13,551. Joe Rogerson, deer and furbearer biologist of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, attributes the slight drop to two factors: the Division’s ongoing deer management program and the occurrence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a viral infection that can be lethal to deer...
Delaware deer harvest down 1.9 percent February 20, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says hunters killed 13,302 deer, down 1.9 percent from the year before ... the drop was expected because of changes made over the past few years to reduce the state's overabundant deer population. Hunters killed more does than bucks, with females accounting for 52 percent ...
Deer rescued after falling through ice on lake January 30, 2013 Delaware The News Journal
A deer that had fallen through the ice on Haven Lake near Milford ... Fish & Wildlife officers broke the ice to help the doe to shore, where she rested for several hours before heading back into the wild.
Deer management event on horizon January 28, 2013 Delaware, Bethany Beach Wave
The Quality Deer Management Association’s Delaware State Chapter will sponsor a deer management event on Saturday, Feb. 2, to aid landowners and hunters in deer hunting and management.
MT Springer, JL Bowman, BL Vasilas - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2013
... Although the effect of deer browsing on corn (Zea mays) and soybean (Glycine max) yields has been documented, research on the effect of deer browsing on winter wheat yields and quality is limited. In 2007–2009, we investigated the effect of deer browse timing and wheat type (bearded and unbearded) on yields and quality in Delaware, USA... Our browse surveys suggested avoidance of bearded wheat but the overall browsing was not intense enough to affect yield. Our results demonstrated that white-tailed deer had no impact on wheat yield at a deer density of 15 deer/km2...
Deer management event set for February January 18, 2013 Delaware, State of Delaware News
DOVER — Farmers, landowners and hunters are invited to learn more about managing deer populations, mitigating crop damage and improving hunting at an event sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association’s Delaware State Chapter. The Feb. 2 Delmarva Sportsmen’s Classic will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Dover Building...
DNREC cautions Delaware hunters on bringing deer home from out-of-state CWD-positive areas November 21, 2012 DNREC
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking for cooperation from Delaware deer hunters planning to hunt in Pennsylvania’s Adams and York counties and cautioning them that, due to the recent detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in those areas, restrictions will apply for bringing their bounty home.
CWD is a neurological condition found in deer, elk and moose in which an abnormal protein material called a prion invades and gradually destroys the animal’s brain. It is thought to be 100 percent fatal and believed to be transmitted to healthy white-tailed deer through close contact with infected deer. Extensive research has found no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans. Unknown until the 1960s, CWD was identified as a transmittable neurological disease in the 1970s. So far, CWD has been found in deer herds in several eastern states, but not in Delaware.
To help ensure that Delaware remains CWD-free, two regulations were passed in 2008. The first regulation bans importing high-risk parts such as the brain, spine and lymph nodes from deer harvested in areas where CWD has been detected. The second regulation requires Delaware residents to notify the Division of Fish and Wildlife if a deer they harvest out of state tests positive for CWD.
Four local residents arrested on deer poaching charges November 15, 2012 Delaware, Watershed post
Four young Delaware County hunters have been arrested and charged with 85 violations of environmental conservation law that range from deer jacking to illegal firearm discharge. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the arrests Wednesday ...
Shotgun season set to bring in deer bounty November 12, 2012 Delaware,
Hunters are now in the tail end of the first shotgun deer season in Delaware. ... “Well over 50 percent of deer harvested this year are taken during this eight-day season,” said Michael Globetti of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. ...
DNREC urges motorists to watch out for deer crossing roadways, especially at dusk or near sunrise November 3, 2012, Delaware, CapeGazzette.com
The average white-tailed deer in Delaware weighs about 130 pounds, with larger bucks tipping the scales at 180 pounds or more... In 2011, Delaware police departments logged a statewide total of 1,011 deer-vehicle crashes, which resulted in one fatality, 70 personal injuries and 940 property damage-only cases. For 2012 through September, 557 deer-related crashes have been reported, with one fatality, 34 personal injuries and 522 property damage-only cases.
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Warning Drivers About Deer On Roads With Rut About To Begin November 3, 2012 Delaware, WGMD Radio
Fall is the rut, or mating season for deer ... Through September of this year, police in Delaware have received 557 reports of deer-vehicle crashes, killing one, injuring 34, and damaging 522 vehicles. Last year, police received just over 1,000 reports of deer-vs.-vehicle collisions ...
Deer baiting a topic of debate October 17, 2012 Delaware, The News Journal
... Joe Rogerson, deer and furbearer biologist for Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, said deer baiting is not permitted on public lands because it could lead to problems with migratory birds hunters who hunt in the same area. (Baiting of migratory birds is prohibited in Delaware.) Rogerson also said the state manages the habitat on public wildlife areas to promote natural forage for wildlife, and he pointed to potential conflicts that could arise between hunters on public land if baiting were permitted.
Rose Valley approves bow-and-arrow deer hunt September 16, 2012 Delaware, Delaware County Daily Times
... council voted unanimously ... Deer have been involved in vehicle accidents on Rose Valley Road and the spread of Lyme disease is a continuing concern [deer cull generally not effective against Lyme] ... Last fall’s hunt, combined with the cull conducted earlier this year by Eccologix Biodiversity Consulting Group, reduced the herd by 25...
Delawareans Asked To Report Dead Deer For Research Purposes September 15, 2012 Delaware, By Ammoland
...Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) ... outbreaks are common in Delaware ... with the last significant outbreak occurring in 2007 with more than 132 dead deer reported in Delaware... "The number of dead deer reported to me in the past few weeks is less than a month ago,” said Joe Rogerson, Division game mammal biologist. "... it may be due to the significant rainfall...." To report finding a dead deer, please call the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-735-3600.
Disease outbreak kills deer, poses little threat to humans [EHD] August 24, 2012 Delaware, The News Journal
A disease outbreak is killing deer throughout Delaware ... a total of 31 deer have died statewide in the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), transmitted by small biting flies called midges or “no-see-’ems,” division officials say. Deaths have been concentrated in Sussex County, outside Georgetown and Milton, but have been reported in all three counties...
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