Rhode Island Deer News

Rhode Island deer population December 1, 2016 Ecori.org
... the state is home to about 16,000 deer, some 15 per square mile ... About 1,000 deer are killed annually in collisions with vehicles, and another 2,000 or so are harvested by hunters...

Deer and mice are Lyme disease culprits July 15, 2016 Rhode Island,  Block Island Times 
... although the deer on the island produce a large number of ticks, they don’t transmit diseases. “The deer does not get the infection from the tick,” ... [Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser... an Associate Professor in the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Department at Columbia University] ... She said the deer population on the island could be reduced, but then the infection occurrence might not change...

Deer Resistant Perennials June 21, 2016 Rhode Island, Block Island Times
... Ajuga, Barberry, Salvia, Asclepias, Geranium, Liriope, Bleeding Heart, Coreopsis, Liatris, Helleborus, Nepeta, Galium, Iris, Digitalis, Monarda, Echinacea, Peony, Lamium, Brunnera, Blue Fescue, Poppy, Yarrow, Lamb's Ear, Helenium.... 

Do not approach fawns that appear abandoned May 31, 2016 Rhode Island, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
...  fawns are incapable of following their mother during the first week after birth and will typically lie in a curled position in the grass. The mothers are normally nearby and will return to the fawn several times a day for feedings...

Deer season open on Block Island January 19, 2016 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal
... In the last three years, 41 deer were killed there ... The public is urged to use caution while walking the trails ...

... The debate over extending deer hunting was rather controversial last year ... The DEM in May heard from more people opposed to the extension at a public hearing...

Deer Reduction Hunt Successful On Block Island June 1, 2015 Rhode Island, Rhode Island Public Radio
... the town offered resident hunters a bounty: $150 per deer tail... under the White Buffalo contract.”  ... guaranteed culling 200 deer and would have charged about $128,000 to complete the project...

DEM Hears Support for Changing Paddling Regulations, Deer Harvest May 30, 2015 Rhode Island, ECO RI
 ... 2,182 deer were killed last year by hunters, about 13 percent less than the previous year. Teft said that could be attributed to a greater acorn harvest which provided the deer more food and enabled them to roam less... there were 9,354 hunters and 19,873 deer tags were sold last year. 

A tough winter for wildlife, too February 28, 2015 Rhode Island, Westerly Sun
... while the last few weeks of winter have been severe, the earlier part of the season was mild, allowing deer to put on a good layer of fat... Brian Tefft ... said fawns born later last summer, toward the end of June, might not have had time to put on enough body fat to get through the winter...

A look from above January 16, 2015 Rhode Island, Block Island Times
... wildlife biologist Susan Bernatas took to the air on Wednesday for the final infrared survey for the Deer Task Force (DTF). Bernatas, who founded the company Vision Air Research out of Idaho, has been hired in order to get fairly accurate numbers of the Block Island deer population... 

Block Island, Deer hunt to open on Block Island January 13, 2015 Rhode Island, Turnto10
... annual deer hunting season at Black Rock/Rodman Hollow on Block Island. The Black Rock hunt will open on January 20 and run through February 13... a deer checking station at the Block Island Police Station ...

Block Island, Deer tags... December 24, 2014 Rhode Island, Block Island Times
... The deer “tails” – I believe the count as of last Monday was 135 [tails]. That’s a reimbursement of $150 dollars each to island hunters.” ... “Anyone who wants to make $150 per deer is going to turn the tail in [at the police station],” ...

Block Island, Airborne Infrared Survey for White-tailed Deer On Block Island November 23, 2014 Rhode Island, Bids in Rhode Island
... Scope:  Airborne Infrared Survey for White-tailed Deer On Block Island
Bids in Rhode Island ... Status:  Bidding.  [The link to the town website on this request for bids is not working]

Counting the deer November 14, November Rhode Island, The Block Island Times 
... three fly overs to count the current number of deer on the island. The cost of the service, which will be conducted by Vision Air Research Co., out of Boise, Idaho, will cost $13,215... “We all agree that we need to see the results of the fly overs and [to assess] how the tail initiative is going,” said Chair Ruth Perfido. The latter program authorizes each local hunter to be paid $150 for each deer tail turned in ...

Jamestown, Gun advocate warns against local ordinance November 6, 2014 Rhode Island, Jamestown Press
... the town has just adopted several ordinances to allow hunting on town land and established a “bounty” on deer... Dickinson said the money is a “reimbursement” and does not apply to the first deer taken...

Block Island, Resident hunters target deer reduction October 17, 2014 Rhode Island, The Block Island Times 
... This year the town is hosting the first-ever bounty-style hunting season on Block Island. Resident-only hunters over the next five months will be paid $150 per tail under the so-called “Deer Tails” plan. Private citizens who have been impacted from Lyme disease donated $70,000 to the town to pay for the tail reimbursements ...

Jamestown, Deer cull won’t work October 16, 2014 Rhode Island, The Jamestown Press, Myrna Lee, Member, board of directors Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
...  your Town Council is terribly misled in culling deer as a solution to your tick problem ... Deer are not the only carriers of Lyme-bearing ticks. Ticks attach to anything that brushes against the vegetation where they wait for a host. So you would have to cull all creatures living in your area, including birds...

Jamestown, Money allocated to reward deer hunters October 9, 2014 Rhode Island, The Jamestown Press 
... The Town Council on Monday approved $30,000 for initiatives to combat Lyme disease, allocating $15,000 for the University of Rhode Island to launch an education campaign and $15,000 for costs related to killing the deer... [deer density not generally correlated with Lyme disease, research] ...  resident Jane Koster said she did not think the safety precautions were adequate to deal with hunting on private property...

Jamestown, Deer cull is counterproductive, says opponents September 11, 2014 Rhode Island, The Jamestown Press 
... what about Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine? Professional sharpshooters eliminated the deer there in the 1990s, and the Lyme disappeared...  Monhegan Island does not have mice. “It’s a whole different host ecology,” [Laura Simon] said. To compare Monhegan Island to Jamestown would be “like apples and bananas.” ...

Data:  About 16,000 deer in 2016 for 15 deer per square mile, up from about 15,000 deer in 2013. Hunters reported a 33 percent success rate in 2013.  A planned deer cull on Block Island was cancelled in 2014 when the hired sharpshooters were denied permission to use silencers on their rifles, state laws ban the use of silencers and prohibit the use of bait which was also being used by the professional sharpshooters.  
     Coyotes were observed starting in the 1960's and reached the Aquidneck and Conanicut islands in the mid-1990s.

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