Sept. 4, 2010 — In latest in the ongoing battle in the press between the “Bambi killers” and the “animal rights activists” the Greenwich Time editors write that they are skeptical about the recent study — The ‘Economic Impact of Deer Overpopulation in Fairfield County, CT — which, the paper says, presents some “staggering conclusions.”
The paper points to a few things:
- Who did the study — “strong advocates for tougher deer-management policies”
- The methodology — the data were based in part on a “comprehensive” 2003 survey of residents in Bernards Township, New Jersey.
- The paper article continues to address landscaping that deers destroy in the area, Lyme disease, which it calls “a more serious matter by far,” and that, based on figures from the Deer Management Alliance, 5,700 deer would need to be slaughtered to prevent Lyme disease.
Read more of the Greenwich Time’s opinion piece here: Doubts about deer economic study – GreenwichTime.
That most divisive of doe-eyed creatures — the deer — has reared its furry white tail again and triggered a new round of public policy debate over how to control their burgeoning numbers.
A study of the issue released last week states that deer overpopulation is costing Fairfield County residents almost $180 million year in economic and environmental damage. This number works out to more than $1,000 annually for Westport and Fairfield households.
The following info is from the car-accident.com web site: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are about 1.5 million car accidents with deer each year that result in $1 billion in vehicle damage, about 150 human fatalities, and over 10,000 personal injuries. The actual numbers are probably higher because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s figures for deer accidents, rely on inconsistent state reporting- there is no standard reporting of deer accidents in the country yet, and a “reportable deer accident” varies significantly between states.
The Greenwich Time has published two letters to the editor that were in response to another article that was published there and blogged here on this site, which is sympathetic to neither side.
The article they were responding to attempted to outline the cost of what the Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance says is an excessive number of deer.
Both letters are pro-animal. One espouses the use of the 4-Poster Deer Treatment Bait Station, which sells for about $800 and services between 50 and 100 acres. According to the American Lyme Disease Association’s website, the device has been shown to reduce tick populations by 90 percent.
The ‘4-Poster’ basically consists of a central bin containing clean whole kernel corn used as a bait and two application/feeding stations located at either end of the device. As deer feed on the bait, the design of the device forces them to rub against pesticide-impregnated applicator rollers. The rollers in turn apply tickicide to their ears, heads, necks, and shoulders where roughly 90% of feeding adult ticks are attached. Through grooming, the deer also transfer the tickicide to other parts of the body. Studies (see below) have shown that use of ‘4-Poster’ technology has resulted in the control of 92 to 98% of free-living tick populations in areas around the devices after three years of use.
For Problem Deer, Think Venison, by Ken Dixon
Dixon says he would even buy into contraception, which the Darien-based Friends of Animals opposes, if it were cost-effective and could be given to does in an efficient way.
If you’re going to pay people to sneak around with dart guns to administer drugs that are good for only a couple years, you might as well let them use bow and arrows, or better yet shotguns, according to the hunters, and have a butchering program to make it easier to donate venison to food banks.