Archive for April, 2010

Nevada wants more Mule Deer ?

Posted by on Sunday, 18 April, 2010


The newly formed Mule Deer Restoration Committee is set to hold its second meeting in Elko Thursday, April 15, beginning at noon in the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) office on 60 Youth Center Road. A teleconference phone will be set up at the 1100 Valley Road Headquarters location as well.

The Mule Deer Restoration Committee, a sub-committee created by Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission (NBWC) Chairman Gerald Lent with the purpose of helping to restore mule deer numbers in the state, is chaired by NBWC vice-chairman Scott Raine. Other members of the committee include Wilde Brough, Cory Lytle, Pat Laughlin and John Carpenter. Tony Wasley, NDOW game biologist, is assigned as staff to the committee.

Raine will hold a review of the Draft Charter for Committee Operations and then review a list of possible factors affecting mule deer populations that the committee will be considering. The review will be followed by a discussion of early Nevada history by local residents Cliff Gardner, Mike Laughlin and Wasley.

The meeting will wrap up with a review of committee assignments. The assignments have been divided among committee members and include liaisons for the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Nevada Farm Bureau, and Wildlife Services. Committee members will also be tasked with research and findings regarding several possible factors involving mule deer numbers. These factors include energy development, shed horns, wild horses, pinyon juniper encroachment; ungulate competition; road crossings; predation; doe hunts; genetics, secondary effects of helicopters, and grazing.

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California Cat Problems

Posted by on Friday, 16 April, 2010
Posted: 01/07/2010

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed two mountain lions on Wednesday, one in the backyard of a Yucaipa home and the other on the porch of a house in Trona.A homeowner in the 12000 block of 17th Street called for help about 11:40 a.m. after spotting a young mountain lion in the backyard. Officials said the deputy shot and killed the wild cat, who is believed to have eaten several small neighborhood pets in recent days.

The other mountain lion was first spotted on Tuesday near Fifth and F streets in Trona after it ate a pet. Residents said they were concerned for small children who waited at bus stops in the area.

About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a resident called deputies because the mountain lion had apparently killed one of her animals and was lounging on her porch.

The cat was still there when deputies arrived, and was shot and killed “in the interest of public safety,” officials said.

Cougar Attack Stories

Posted by on Friday, 16 April, 2010

Today I found an interesting site with plenty of stories about cougar attacks – mostly in California where cougars are protected by proposition.


Mule Deer attacks Woman

Posted by on Monday, 12 April, 2010

October 2009 Colorado Deer Story


A young buck mule deer gored a 63-year-old woman near Florissant on Monday after she apparently called to the animal in an attempt to pet him, officials from the state Division of Wildlife said today in a news release.

Responding to her calls, the deer came closer, then lowered his head and charged the woman, identified as Joan Nutt, who was at her sister’s home when the attack occurred, officials said in a statement. She grabbed one of the deer’s antlers in an attempt to fend him off, but he knocked her down before she could escape.

A motorist driving by the home saw the deer stomping Nutt, stopped to assist and was able to scare the animal away before contacting the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency medical personnel took Nutt to Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center in Woodland Park. The deer’s antlers and hooves left cuts on her elbow and lower arm, in addition to minor wounds on her hands, upper leg, stomach and hip. She was released from the hospital after surgeons placed a pin in one of her arms, said Michael Seraphin, a spokesman for the Wildlife Division.

The deer was tranquilized and later euthanized because officials deemed it a “threat to human safety.” His carcass was sent to a Fort Collins lab for additional testing, but results haven’t been released. Seraphin stressed that wildlife officials don’t lightly decide to euthanize an animal.

Medics treating Nutt at the scene said they had to continually chase the buck away because he kept returning to the area. That could be an indication that someone had tried to domesticate and treat him as a pet, said wildlife officer Aaron Flohrs, who was at the scene.

The family said that the deer frequently visited the property, but there was no clear evidence that Nutt was feeding him. Nutt reiterated today that the family hadn’t been feeding him either, Seraphin said. The home is located in a rural subdivision, away from designated camping areas.

New Mexico Deadline is Wednesday Apr 7

Posted by on Friday, 2 April, 2010

The full fee is required up front and there is a non-refundable $27 non-resident application fee. Cost for a standard deer hunt is $270, and for a quality hunt – $355.


Apply now for a Colorado Deer Tag

Posted by on Friday, 2 April, 2010

The application deadline is April 6. If you want you can apply for a preference point as your first choice and then apply for a hunt as your second choice. If you draw the hunt then you get no refund and lose your accumulated points for the hunt. If not then you pay $25 plus the application fee and keep your preference point. Or, if you like you can apply for up to five hunt choices, and if you don’t draw then you may keep (and pay) for a license and get a preference point that way. Cost for a non-resident is $329 plus or minus.