White tail deer populations have exploded over the past few decades. Improved wildlife management, habitat and declining interest in hunting have combined in helping deer populations rise to levels unmatched this century.
Last year, at least 120 people in the United States were killed by collisions with wildlife, and thousands more were injured.And the number of accidents is rising. Last year more than 750,000 accidents nationwide involved animals and caused at least $1.2 billion in vehicle damage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In 1998, at least 500,000 collisions were reported."
According to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Press Release of 10/28/99, November and December are the peak months for vehicle/deer collisions in the state. To protect yourself remember 1. deer are most active at dawn, dusk and at night. 2. Bucks in search of does can be oblivious to cars. 3. If you see a deer cross the road, be prepared for it to act erratically. 4. If you see one deer cross the road, look for others. Deer tend to follow the leader.
For information on the costs of deer collisions with cars click http://www.statefarm.com/educate/antlers.htm
For more information on Deer and Car Collisions
May is fawn month, at least here in the Massachusetts Area. Don't touch them. Leave them alone. Many people who try to help fawns actually end up harming them. According to the MDFW, May 14, 1999 press release,
"For their first two weeks of life, white-tailed deer fawns rely on the camouflage of their spotted coats, a natural lack of scent and an uncanny ability to remain motionless to avoid detection by predators. The fawns spend their early days nestled in tall grass or other available ground cover and are visited periodically by their mothers for feedings. The doe will make a "bleating" call, the deer's version of ringing the dinner bell, and the fawn will emerge to nurse. Fawns will then return to a hiding place and await the next visit by the doe. When people encounter a hidden fawn, their first reaction is that the deer has been abandoned and needs help. Not true!
The fawn is following its instinct to remain motionless and let danger pass. Leave it there and quietly move away. Handling a fawn is not only harmful to the animal, it can expose people to the threat of rabies. A fawn from the town of Concord tested positive for the rabies virus in 1998 and several people who had touched the animal required precautionary medical treatment. Intervention would only be necessary if a doe was known to have been killed and a very young fawn was lingering in the area. Under those circumstances a MassWildlife biologist or Environmental Police Officer would respond.
Fawns may not be kept by the public or taken to wildlife rehabilitators. "
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This booklet outlines some basic and effective strategies you can apply to help protect your valuable gardents and bushes from being dined upon by White-tailed deer. Written by biologists who have extensive field experience, we are confident that you will find this booklet a valuable written resource. You will learn which plants deer prefer, fences that keep deer out of your garden and when to use repellents.
Other Resources on Deer
http://www.whitebuffaloinc.org/default.php a non-profit organization dedicated to deer research
USA Today 12-22-00 weekend edition page 17a
We have learned that there was a huge article on the problem of deer herd overpopulation in this country, and the detrimental effects they create. It sheds a positve light on hunters and illustrates how the anti's ballot box initiatives should not replace sound game management.
Connecticut Wildlife Sept/Oct p. 9 "Research on Deer Movements Provides Insight on Habitat Use of Urban Deer" by Howard Kilpatrck. Study found that undeveloped patches of 40 acres associated with 32 acres of residential development were enough to sustain urban deer on an annual basis. The study also found that deer were only 33% of the time 500 feet or more away from a structure (the required minimum distance to hunt in Connecticut) so hunting with a firearm probably isn't the answer. Bow hunting however was effective.
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