For David Streit, deer control is a serious affair

Apr 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Health, Lyme disease

David Streit has a mission — he wants to see the deer population reduced to the point where it will no longer sustain the ticks that carry Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Mr. Streit is wearing two hats these days. He is the new chair of the Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance (, which has 17 member towns including Redding. The alliance works to educate, inform and communicate with its member towns about the need for deer control management.

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4 Comments to “For David Streit, deer control is a serious affair”

  1. Barbara Metzler says:

    For anyone who believes that removing deer will stop the spread of Lyme Disease, there is a
    Star-Ledger article about a recent three-year study conducted by doctors at the University of
    Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and published in The Lancet, the prestigious British
    Medical Journal. Quote: “The single most significant carrier of Lyme Disease lurks not in
    deep dark forests, but in parks, on farms and even in the tall grass of suburban backyards.
    That carrier – the one most likely to bring Lyme-infected ticks in contact with human beings -is not the white-tailed deer, but the white-footed mouse according to doctors at UMDNJ.
    There is a misconception among most people that deer are the culprit. But no; it’s really the mice.”

    To test the theory, Schutzer and other New Jersey researchers staked out
    an area of countryside and measured the number of ticks per square foot. Areas with thick
    ground cover (more than ankle-deep) averaged 23 times the tick populations of areas with
    sparse or low-lying vegetation.

    The reason? Mice need dense ground cover to feel secure. “Mice have three principal
    requirements to inhabit an area: variety of food nearby water, and ground cover, which
    is extremely important for protection, whereas open space is dangerous,” writes Schutzer and colleagues.

    The favorite habitat of the deer tick is actually the coats of mice: where mice congregate,
    Schutzer explains, so will the ticks which transmit Lyme disease.

    Dr. Steven E. Schutzer, UMDNJ, who published the report about ticks in Lancet found that
    while deer and mice can both serve as hosts on which ticks harmlessly feed, only the mice can transmit the Lyme disease bacteria to ticks.”

    The name “deer tick” is a misnomer to begin with. According to a 1994 Lyme Disease Foundation update, there is NO SUCH tick as a “deer” tick. These ticks can also be found on 49 bird species, and at least 30 species of mammal, including chipmunks, grey squirrels, voles, foxes, rabbits, and opossums, and even certain reptiles. In fact, this disease organism (Borrelia burgdorferi) is vectored principally by a hard tick, Ixodes dammini, which
    was first found on the Deer Mouse, (Peromyscus maniculatus).

    The important issue is that not every tick carries the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. And, even if the tick is infected, it may not transfer the bacteria. Time is crucial: the longer the tick is attached to your skin, the greater your risk. Researchers estimate that the probability of infection is low during the first couple of hours.

    . It is usually the family pets, cats and dogs, that bring ticks into the home.
    Products such as Frontline for Dogs and Frontline for Cats help greatly by killing the ticks
    without injuring the dogs and cats.

    Removing deer will not stop the spread of Lyme Disease!

    Biodiversity reductions (which happen when forested landscapes are carved up) caused the white-footed mouse population to increase dramatically, most likely due to the loss of their predators and competitors. A reduction in biodiversity limits other animals that the ticks may feed on. Therefore, if we kill off other wildlife such as deer or foxes, the ticks will then feed mostly on mice, increasing their chances to become infected with Borrelia.

  2. David Streit says:

    Actually, David Streit happens to love seeing healthy people and is willing to invest time and resources to restore the natural balance of the woodlands. How many people were critical of efforts to reduce rats in the 14th century that played a critical roll in spreading the boubonic plague. The fact is that Mumford Cove brought their deer numbers from 110 to 10 deer per square mile in 2 years and had lyme disease drop 95%. In the process, nothing was done to the barbery and mice. Education is key.

  3. Alice says:

    Mr. Streit is a hunter and either self-deceived or blatently lying. The real issue with ticks is Japanese Barberry … mice hide in this non-native invasive and elude their predators, and groves of the plant serve as the most dense source of ticks on the landscape. This fact does not fit well with Streit’s simplistic world view. He only believes what he thinks. You can kill all the deer you want, but as long as DEP, loggers, and the rest of the ignorant “outdoorsmen” do nothing against barberry, the problem will not be solved. But since when do facts matter?

  4. Greer Ashton says:

    Since when is Mr.Streit an expert on deer and wildlife management; being the new chair of the FCMDMA hardly qualifies him.
    Mr. Streit is interested in nothing but advancing his own hatred of deer with no proof that hunting is required.
    I would suggest that he lose his two hats, get a life and learn to co-exist with wildlife.

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