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DEC Seeks Information About Sick or Deceased Deer

January 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. DEC is only investigating deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle, the agency announced today.

Anyone who sees a white-tailed deer acting abnormally or who finds a dead deer that was not struck by a vehicle is asked to report the animal to the nearest DEC regional office or to an Environmental Conservation Officer or Forest Ranger.

“One of the ways that DEC monitors the health of New York’s deer herd is by performing post- mortem examinations to determine the cause of the illness or death,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources Kathleen Moser. “We depend on information provided by people who are outdoors to tell us when they see something that does not look right to them.”

Adirondack White Tail DeerRecently, DEC indentified an uncommon bacterial disease in a deer from Warren County. This bacterial disease does not affect humans. However, DEC is seeking additional information to determine the prevalence of this disease in the deer herd and is responding to reports of deer that are acting abnormally. Deer with this bacterial disease may have a swollen head, neck or brisket. They also may exhibit excessive drooling, nasal discharge or respiratory distress. To aid in this investigation, DEC would also like to examine any deer that are found dead from unknown causes.

People should not handle or eat any deer that appears sick or acts abnormally. Sightings of sick, dying or dead deer should be reported to the nearest DEC regional office or an Environmental Conservation Officer or Forest Ranger.

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2010 Deer Take and Bear Harvest

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments · News

I’m always interested in the hunting stats when they come out.
Things I noted in the data:

  • 521 Black Bears were harvested in the Adirondacks in 2010.
  • 2010 Calculated NYS Legal Deer Take is 230,100 (a lot of venison)
  • City of Plattsburgh had 8 Bucks Harvested?
  • Big spike in 2003 for a record of 1,370 Adirondack Bears harvested
  • Deer take also peaked around 2003 (what happened in 2003?)
  • St Lawrence is the top county with 97 Bears taken

2010 Adirondack Bear Harvest

“Deer hunters play a crucial role, benefiting all New Yorkers, by helping to maintain deer numbers at levels that are ecologically and socially appropriate, and we appreciate their participation,” Commissioner Martens said.

I guess socially appropriate means those deer are in the wrong place.

Sucks for them

I’m loaded for Beer.

Here are links to the fastest publishers of the two press releases:
Deer season stats released
DEC announces 2010 bear hunting results

Bear - ready to harvest

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Busting Poachers with a Jackhammer

December 8th, 2009 · 8 Comments · News

Adirondack White TailI heard a news piece this morning about “Operation Jackhammer”. Interesting which “harvesting” techniques are legal vs. illegal. What’s fair or unfair in the practice of hunting? In this case it is night-hunting with lights.

The investigation, dubbed “Operation Jackhammer,” focused on the illegal taking of deer by use of artificial light – a practice commonly known as “deer jacking.” This involves night hunting where poachers shine a spotlight on a deer feeding in fields to “freeze” the animal long enough to shoot it — killing deer when they are most vulnerable. Typically, deer jacking occurs in remote rural areas, late at night. Due to these late hours and secluded areas, there are few, if any, witnesses to this crime.

It seems “102 misdemeanors and 37 violations were filed in the Adirondack Park and surrounding North Country.” While the notion of what is “fair” for the deer is debatable, I totally agree with the safety issue.

“DEC takes seriously the crime of nighttime deer poaching for many reasons – safety, foremost,” said Henry Hamilton, DEC Assistant Commissioner for Public Protection. “Deer jacking involves someone firing off a high-powered rifle in the dark, not knowing what or who is behind their target. Sometimes, it involves shooting across roads. But also, poachers typically trespass across private lands, violate hunting ethics and rob legitimate hunters of opportunities.”

I wonder what the motive is behind these illegal hunts? Is it for fun? Are they putting food on their tables?

Here’s a link to the full presser:
Major Crackdown on Deer Poaching Nets More Than 100 Individuals

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