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Author:  Swamp Rat [ 06 Oct 2016, 07:53 ]
Post subject:  Tough Job For Feds

Feds plan to shoot deer at 2 Maryland Civil War battlefields to curb forest damage
Published October 05, 2016 Associated Press


HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Federal government sharpshooters will target hundreds of white-tailed deer at two Civil War battlefields in Maryland this December, launching a multi-year program aimed at curbing damage to forests and plants, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

The Agriculture Department sharpshooters plan to kill 243 deer at Antietam National Battlefield and 278 at Monocacy National Battlefield from December through March under a program the park service approved in 2014. Both parks have deer population densities more than 10 times greater than the commonly accepted sustainable density of 15 to 20 per square mile, park service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles said.

The government will donate all suitable deer meat to food banks, she said.

"Removing deer is the tool to allow healthy forests," Anzelmo-Sarles said in a telephone interview. "Or, in some cases, with the battlefields, to protect these historic landscapes that help tell the story of the battle which the park was established to preserve."

She said portions of the parks will be closed periodically from December through March to enable the sharpshooters to safely work. Hunting is prohibited in the parks.

This is the first of a multi-year deer reduction plan the agency approved for both battlefields plus Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. Manassas park managers are still working to secure funding and reach an agreement with the USDA, Anzelmo-Sarles said.

At Antietam, about 70 miles west of Baltimore and Monocacy, 20 miles further east, the plan calls for killing a combined total of about 1,200 deer over five years, followed by annual maintenance killings to keep the population ion check.

The park service also announced plans for maintenance deer removal at Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, starting in November. Government sharpshooters have killed nearly 1,200 deer there since the program began in early 2010, producing more than 15 tons of venison for food banks.

The National Park Service has deer-removal projects in place at many other parks including Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Author:  longhairboy [ 06 Oct 2016, 14:19 ]
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Wow, look what happens when hunting is banned in an area! Things overpopulate. Who would have thought :roll:

A city near me had a similar problem, but they gave hunters the opportunity to shoot the deer instead. They did a lottery system, and if you were drawn you could hunt in the city with a bow, and they waived the minimum distance from houses for hunting them

Author:  trappintime [ 06 Oct 2016, 16:44 ]
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Just govt looking after their people. :cry:

Author:  doc9013 [ 06 Oct 2016, 17:50 ]
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Our guvment cares for the people like a female black widow cares for its' mate. First we get screwed, ( but not kissed ) , then they eat us alive. :--o :evil:

Author:  trapperrick [ 09 Oct 2016, 05:45 ]
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Unfortunately, State and National parks are where the deer populations are absolutely booming along with the suburbs outside of big cities where hunting is banned or greatly curtailed.Areas where Doc and I live, deer are not nearly as common as they were 20 to 25 years ago. This is caused by a combination of hunting pressure and state game agencies changing deer management practices by concentrating on harvesting a higher amount of doe.

Author:  doc9013 [ 09 Oct 2016, 15:26 ]
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trapperrick wrote:
Unfortunately, State and National parks are where the deer populations are absolutely booming along with the suburbs outside of big cities where hunting is banned or greatly curtailed.Areas where Doc and I live, deer are not nearly as common as they were 20 to 25 years ago. This is caused by a combination of hunting pressure and state game agencies changing deer management practices by concentrating on harvesting a higher amount of doe.


You are exactly right Rick. They have encouraged high doe kills for years , along with the insurance companies. And the seemingly unlimited crop damage permits that allow farmers to kill does by the hundreds and let them rot. :evil: :x

But I do believe that at least in my area , there is another reason. I honestly believe we have blue tongue in our area. Several hunters have told me of seeing deer with the symptoms, and a big decrease of deer where they live. Several have called DNR but they won't come investigate. Guess they don't want word to get out and lose all that out-of -state license money. :evil: :evil: :x

Author:  trapperrick [ 09 Oct 2016, 17:05 ]
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doc9013 wrote:
trapperrick wrote:
Unfortunately, State and National parks are where the deer populations are absolutely booming along with the suburbs outside of big cities where hunting is banned or greatly curtailed.Areas where Doc and I live, deer are not nearly as common as they were 20 to 25 years ago. This is caused by a combination of hunting pressure and state game agencies changing deer management practices by concentrating on harvesting a higher amount of doe.


You are exactly right Rick. They have encouraged high doe kills for years , along with the insurance companies. And the seemingly unlimited crop damage permits that allow farmers to kill does by the hundreds and let them rot. :evil: :x

But I do believe that at least in my area , there is another reason. I honestly believe we have blue tongue in our area. Several hunters have told me of seeing deer with the symptoms, and a big decrease of deer where they live. Several have called DNR but they won't come investigate. Guess they don't want word to get out and lose all that out-of -state license money. :evil: :evil: :x


Another issue is Chronic Wasting Disease, it is slowly getting closer to where I live. I know they had it in Hampshire County, West Virginia and Allegany County, Maryland and now in my neighboring Bedford County, PA.

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