Nick Canedo on October 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM, updated October 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM
Cornell University launched a program in 2009 aimed at satisfying all Ithaca residents by controlling the area’s deer population in an innovative way. Fast forward to 2013, and scientists were left puzzled: deer pregnancy rate was down, but the population remained the same.
How did this happen? Turned out the scientists had unknowingly created “buck magnets.” The Washington Post recently chronicled the university’s program that led to this surprising result. Continue reading
Michael Winter, USA TODAY 9:46 p.m. EDT September 23, 2014
At the end of 2013, data showed that Wyoming, Montana and Idaho were home to at least 320 packs consisting of at least 1,691 wolves and at least 78 breeding pairs.(Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Overruling U.S. wildlife officials, a federal judge Tuesday restored protections for gray wolves in Wyoming but left intact a determination that the species has recovered and is not endangered or threatened “in a significant portion” of its northern Rocky Mountains range.
Relying on Wyoming data, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service declared that the gray wolf had recovered from near extinction by humans and removed it from the list of threatened or endangered species in late August 2012. The move, which the agency called “a major success story,” transferred control from federal to state officials a month later.
Idaho and Montana officials had previously been given oversight of the wolves in their states because populations had rebounded and their management plans met federal requirements.
But in her opinion Tuesday from the nation’s capital, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that it was “arbitrary and capricious” for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to rely on Wyoming’s “nonbinding promises to maintain a particular number of wolves when the availability of that specific numerical buffer was such a critical aspect of the delisting decision.” Continue reading
By David Figura The Post-Standard September 10, 2014
(Marlyn Fuess photo)
North Franklin, Conn. – Researchers in Connecticut say if you reduce deer numbers in a residential community you’ll reduce the chances of residents coming down with Lyme disease.
The 13-year-study, “The Relationship Between Deer Density, Tick Abundance and Human Cases of Lyme Disease in a Residential Community,” was carried out by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Wildllife Division in the small communities of Mumford Cove and Groton Long Point. The results of the study were published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology.
If you want to reduce the number of deer ticks, you have to reduce the number of deer that they dine on during their second year of life, the researchers found.
The deer herd in the two communities – which at its peak averaged 80 deer per square mile – was cut down considerably by volunteer hunters using shotguns, compound bows, crossbows and bait on three tracts of public land. Both communities had to eliminate their no-hunting ordinances to allow the hunting.
“Reducing deer density to 5.1 deer per square kilometer resulted in a 76 percent reduction in tick abundance … and 80 percent reduction in resident-reported cases of Lyme disease in the community,” the study noted. Continue reading
Class action lawsuit seeks $400 million in damages
CBC News Posted: Sep 03, 2014 1:48 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014 4:49 PM ET
Studies have shown that bees exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides have smaller colonies, fail to return to their hives, and may have trouble navigating. (Emily Chung/CBC)
Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies. Continue reading