Rhode Island Deer News

Block Island, Deer Resistant Forsythia is here!! April 4, 2014 Rhode Island, The Block Island Times 
... Forsythia has arrived at Highland Farm in all of it's beautiful glory!!! ...

Block Island, A conversation with the DEM March 8, 2014 Rhode Island, The Block Island Times 
...   will the deer cull happen next year? ...  Catherine Sparks:    I’ve received every indication from DEM leadership and the community that this is something that’s still a priority and it will be my job to support and assist in that effort. ...

Deer bodies found dumped by Bradford Landing March 5, 2014 Rhode Island, Westerly Sun 
... Bones, body parts and carcasses from several dead deer were found in the woods, water and boat docks by Bradford Landing Tuesday morning... Law enforcement officers are investigating the situation, but have no evidence of how the deer were killed or placed by the landing ...

Block Island Deer Slaughter Canceled February 22, 2014 Rhode Island, GoLocalProv
... After a meeting with the Attorney General’s office the Department of Environmental Management has backed off what they describe as a “non-recreational” deer culling operation ... one Connecticut community reported that White Buffalo is under investigation by conservation police for shooting deer without permission on private property ... Their website boasts that they have killed 9,000 deer...

Block Island delays professional deer cull for up to a year February 21, 2014 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal 
... White Buffalo, which had permission to shoot on private property from hunter stands, had already begun baiting to get deer accustomed to frequenting kill zones. But the results have been disappointing, with a scarcity of deer drawn to the areas.  “The first baiting was immediately covered by a snowfall,” ...

Block Island, Deer culling project delayed February 20, 2014 Rhode Island, Block Island Times
... "The biggest issue was the more recent decision that we would not be able to use suppressed firearms...  concerned he wouldn't get enough deer [Denicola of White Buffalo]...

Block Island, Deer culling to begin Feb. 24 February 18, 2014 Rhode Island,  block-island.villagesoup.com 
...  “The baiting started a day or two before the police chief was aware of it,” explained Sparks. “And I, too, got calls from the community with concerns.” ...  the DEM is amending its process to provide more detailed updates to the town... "We found some snare traps, and remains of dead deer ... 

Block Island, DEM Deer culling fact sheet February 18, 2014 Rhode Island, block-island.villagesoup.com 
... Property owners of properties that are part of this program have terminated their permission for recreational hunting in order to support the baiting and culling process... The self-contained processing trailers will arrive on Feb. 20-21 and set up in the Town Hall parking lot...

Block Island, Suppressors will not be allowed in deer culling February 12, 2014 Rhode Island, block-island.villagesoup.com 
... Rhode Island state law prohibits the use of suppression, and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) had been working with the Rhode Island Attorney General on exempting the deer culling project from that law... Comment from reader:   I cannot believe the town is going to have to pay the legal bills for this disgusting company who should be thrown off the island....

... On Jan. 12, 2014, in a letter to The Providence Journal, Richard August ... "Baiting deer happens to be illegal in Rhode Island," August wrote. "But I guess if you are the state, the laws don’t apply." ... when Richard August asserts that state law makes it illegal for hunters to use bait to lure deer, which is what the DEM plans to do when it stages a mass shooting of deer, he is correct...

Block Island, Radio Host Calls Out Rhode Island for Alleged Illegal Hunting January 26, 2014 Rhode Island, wideopenspaces.com 
... radio host Richard August is claiming that Rhode Island’s new plan for culling deer herds on Block Island goes against the state’s rules. Illegal hunting, as far as the state is concerned, includes the baiting of deer with feeders...

Block Island culling deer herd with hunting-by-lottery, bait-and-shoot effort January 24, 2014 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal 
...  the Department of Environmental Management are allowing hunting on the state-owned land on the southern end of the island. Participants, selected by lottery, are permitted to shoot deer for four weeks through mid-February.  After that’s over, an unprecedented herd reduction effort will take place when an out-of-state company arrives to conduct a bait-and-shoot operation ...

Firefighters, family dog rescue deer stuck in crevice January 24, 2014 Rhode Island, NBC News 
... a deer trapped in a crevice near their yard. The deer was actually first discovered by their dog ...  stuck very tightly between two pieces of ledge... we poured some warm soapy water on its back and we were able to um make it loose enough, or slip enough so where we could grab it ...

Block Island,  In an earlier age, deer could have walked to Block Island January 22, 2014 Rhode Island, ProvidenceJournal.com, E. Pierre Morenon is an archaeologist
... Block Island is not outside the natural range of the whitetail deer... deer did live on Block Island and other Southern New England islands, such as Martha’s Vineyard, hundreds of years ago. ... Block Island is part of a terminal moraine, and over 20,000 years ago was connected to glacial features stretching from Long Island ... Deer were regularly consumed by Block Island’s human residents before 1636 ...

Block Island, DTF moves ahead on fundraising January 22, 2014 Rhode Island, block-island.villagesoup.com
... The Block Island Residents Association (BIRA) has supported the deer reduction for years ... Barbara Baldwin, Director of the Medical Center, was present at the meeting and submitted a final number of patients who had been seen and treated for Lyme disease or Lyme-related symptoms during the year 2013. “Sixty-nine people came in last year for Lyme-related issues,” Baldwin said. In clarification, she said, “All of those 69 patients were treated. [Deer are immune to Lyme and do not transmit the disease]

Block Island, Deer hunting begins on RI's Block Island January 21, 2014 Rhode Island, Boston.com
... Rhode Island officials say four weeks of deer hunting are beginning on Block Island for 24 hunters who won a lottery run by the state Department of Environmental Management. [many of the rest of the deer will be killed by paid sharpshooters]

... For the second year in a row, the Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a deer hunting program at the Black Rock-Rodman’s Hollow Property on Block Island. The Black Rock parcel is the only state- owned property on Block Island that is open for deer hunting.,, 

Crews rescue deer that fell through ice January 11, 2014 Rhode Island, WPRI 
...  Rescue crews responded to Terrace Avenue after they received calls that an animal was stranded on the ice...The deer was injured and the DEM is now involved.

Deer slaughter a big waste of money January 8, 2014 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal 
...  the New Shoreham Town Council voted unanimously to fund the slaughter of 80 percent of the whitetail deer herd on Block Island over a five-year period ... the DEM and town have decided to give $128,000 of local tax revenues to out-of-state companies...

Block Island deer herd will be thinned out by sharpshooters December 23, 2013 Rhode Island, theday.com
...  How did eight Virginia white-tailed deer - brought to the island from 1967 to 1968 by locals presumably eager to hunt and gaze at wildlife - create such a problem? ... to progressively reduce the herd from an estimated 800 to 1,000 deer down to 100 to 150, according to Brian Tefft, a deer biologist with the state Department of Environmental Management. The goal is 10 to 15 deer per square mile on the 9.5-square-mile island. [optimal deer density] ...

Block Island, Estimated cost per deer: $640 December 19, 2013 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal
... How will the overall budget of $128,300, which will come out of residents’ pockets, be spent trying to cull 200 deer from the herd?  An estimated $99,300 will go toward White Buffalo, a Connecticut firm specializing in reducing deer herds in residential areas...

Block Island council approves DEM plan for 'reducing' deer population December 18, 2013 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal
... The Town Council approved a plan Wednesday night to reduce the deer population on Block Island by hiring a professional sharpshooting company.  Bait would be used to attract the deer to certain areas, where they would be shot...

Block Island, Details of DEM deer plan announced December 10, 2013 Rhode Island, Block Island Times
... A plan that would reduce Block Island's deer population up to 200 deer next year would cost $128,300 for the first year of this five-year plan... Three professional hunters, referred to in the plan as "sharpshooters," would work to reduce the herd, although not eliminate the deer completely...

Block Island, DEM to present deer plan December 7, 2013 block-island.villagesoup.com 
... “deer culling plan” ... meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the cafeteria of the Block Island School. Public comment will be accepted ... a brief email stating your position regarding the culling of deer on Block Island sent to townclerk@new-shoreham.com would be extremely helpful ...

Block Island Deer Population to be Culled November 7, 2013 Rhode Island, ecoRI news
... DEM said it has determined that implementation of a non-recreational deer reduction program is required in order to protect the fragile habitats and natural communities found on Block Island... The town and its residents have raised concerns about crop and landscape damage ... The density of white-tailed deer in the 9.75-square-mile town of New Shoreham is estimated at 80-100 deer per square mile. [total island density not reported] ...

Conservation Commission supports deer herd reduction October 16, 2013 Rhode Island, Block Island Times
... [the deer population] is a huge issue,” said member Donald Littlefield. He noted the island should not be too negative, however, about the deer population ... because it could deter tourists from visiting... voted 5-0 to notify the Town Council that their group is in favor of deer herd reduction on-island...


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