Rhode Island Deer News

DTF moves toward agreement with local hunters June 30, 2014 Rhode Island, The Block Island Times 
... the sole purpose of the meeting was the “development of a possible reimbursement program for qualified Block Island hunters and [the] development of a professional cull.” ... It seems [the 2014-2015 season] will be entirely done by local hunters, and then we’ll wait for the first year’s [results]” before calling in the professional hunters.  ... The Deer Task Force ... next meeting is scheduled for July 9 ...

Hunters asked for deer cull plan June 13, 2014 Rhode Island, The Block Island Times
... The “hybrid” plan could include both a contract with a professional company that provides culling services and also, in response to a request from local hunters, provide compensation to the local hunters for reducing the deer herd... The next Deer Task Force meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 14...

Block Island, DTF discusses role of local hunter in deer reduction May 30, 2014 Rhode Island, The Block Island Times 
... the Deer Task Force (DTF) ... is considering a possible hybrid arrangement to reduce the deer population — a combination of local hunters and professionals... “I thought that both groups would be compensated,” Perfido said ... Blansfield also thought it very important to have an infra-red count done in the late fall...

... A bill being considered by the Rhode Island legislature would make hunting for deer on private land without permission a felony level offense. The measure, House Bill 7858, would also require jail time (up to two years) for anyone who hunts deer on private land without written permission...

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 ...


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Data:  About 15,000 deer in Rhode Island.  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.

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