Landscape of Fear

Yes, the Game Commission sells licenses to kill and promotes deer reproduction at the same time. Wildlife Services will gladly sharp shoot deer in our township.

The Lucidum Eye

One of my cats cowers with her tail and head held down, scrambling for cover at the sound of rain, even though she has been living indoors for two years. I found her at a campground when I was hiking one day, and even though we live in Florida, night temperatures had fallen below freezing. I don’t know how long she was out there, but this tiny cat had to withstand fairly extreme temperatures and brave the elements. It apparently left an indelible mark on her which has persisted all this time.

When I was an undergraduate psychology student, I remember in the course of my studies hearing and reading that animals, including humans, are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. It makes sense; pain is a mechanism that enables an organism to avoid certain things as they maneuver through their world, striving to ensure their basic needs are…

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It’s almost summer time

A wonderful time to nature watch in the woods.

If you like to spend time outside over the summer, you know that you always need to check your body for ticks.

Ticks, which are small arachnids (like spiders), live by feeding on the blood of other animals, including humans.

These tiny bugs, which are often no larger than the head of a pin, can cause serious damage when they make themselves at home on animals or humans.

Ticks can spread a variety of diseases. The most notorious is Lyme disease, but ticks can also spread Powassan disease and many other serious illnesses.

The best way to avoid these problems is to avoid ticks altogether by using bug repellents and thick clothing, but obviously these methods aren’t foolproof.

If you do find a tick on yourself, a family member, or a pet, it’s important to know how to remove a tick properly in order to avoid some detrimental problems.

Read the guidelines below to find out exactly how you should — and shouldn’t — remove a tick.       https://littlethings.com/how-to-remove-a-tick/?utm_source=back&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=health

Upper Dublin plan to hunt deer via archers and sharpshooters

On July 11, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. a plan to hunt deer in our township will be presented to the full Board of Commissioners by the members of the Public Safety, Works and Service committee.

This plan will be part archery, which has been going on since the Fall of 2009 and continuing until the end of January the following year.  So far, the average of 27 deer were taken by archers who sat for 1300 hours in tree stands.  The commissioners are considering including sharpshooting using lead ammo.

The USDA APHIS Wildlife Services says Upper Dublin has 52.7 deer/sq. mi., and suggest that only 10 deer/sq. mi. should walk our area.

Since Wildlife Services used the infrared mechanism which sees only about 86% of deer through deciduous trees and only 60 – 80% in pine forests, this is not the 100% accuracy we need to input data into their deer density estimator.

The deer density estimator must have a model programmed into it with assumptions that are adjusted to the terrain.  Even so, the estimator could over estimate or underestimate the deer population.

We believe, the Wildlife Services grossly overestimated the number of deer living in the 13.2 sq. miles of our township because the number is 700 +/- .  This is a tremendously high number when the technicians only counted 129 deer the first time and 121 the second time.

Now Wildlife Services recommends taking out about 570 deer so there are only 10/sq. mi. left – so they say.  At $150 – $200/deer, the costs could be $85,500 – $114,000.  They recommend yearly deer surveys not factored into the price and police time costs are not in these figures either.

Of course, the emotional toll of deer killing carries a heavy price that cannot be fathomed.  Wildlife Services even recommend that the township “educate” the residents to open their yards to archers and sharpshooters to increase the safety perimeters, since so much of the township is developed and open spaces are fragmented.

No one oversees the USDA Wildlife Services regarding their surveys, their set up and their methods for taking down deer.  They use lead bullets that fragment and scatter shard/lead upon impact with bone.  This lead can infect deer meat up to 1.5 ft away from the bullet wound when fired from a high powered rifle.  Lead shot can leave particles, dust and residues in deer meat.

No doubt, the soil is just as contaminated with lead residue.  This would be devastating to children who play barefoot or for our furry friends.

Killing innocent deer is a sin.  Lead contamination is disastrous to humans and wildlife.

Non-lethal methods need to be used to handle deer that we don’t have many of in our township.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Of The Week – 5/13/2017

A lovely picture of happy, healthy and free wild horses in Colorado thanks to Pam Nickoles.

Pam Nickoles Photography

Sometimes you come around a corner in the HMA and this is what you see. Middle of the day lighting, but a great sighting of little ones and their family. Piceance-East Douglas HMA, CO (5/2017)

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Upper Dublin Township USDA deer management plan

The draft plan handed down by USDA Wild Life Services will be discussed next month June 6, 2017 during the Public Safety and Works meeting on June 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  Please ask for a link to the deer management plan from your commissioners and come to the meeting on June 6.  It does not look good for the township deer at all as the commissioners most likely will approve an open air slaughter house for the deer next season.

Seismic Testing to Begin in Atlantic Ocean in Push for Offshore Drilling

Exposing the Big Game

Seismic Testing to Begin in Atlantic Ocean in Push for Offshore Drilling

The Interior Department announced it is moving forward with seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean following President Donald Trump‘s executive order last month to aggressively expand offshore drilling in protected areas off the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Six permit applications by energy companies—ones that were rejected by the Obama administration—are being reviewed by the department.

The oil and gas industry has long pushed for seismic surveys used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface.

However, environmental groups warn that the surveys are an extremely loud and dangerous process.

“Seismic airguns create one of the loudest manmade sounds in the ocean, firing intense blasts of compressed air every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks to months on end,” Dustin Cranor, Oceana‘s senior director of…

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Trump has a dangerous disability

The Extinction Chronicles

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-has-a-dangerous-disability/2017/05/03/56ca6118-2f6b-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.e5adfeca6876

Trump’s puzzling way of handling interviews

Opinion writerMay 3 at 7:36 PM

It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.

In February, acknowledging Black History Month, Trump said that “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” Because Trump is syntactically challenged, it was possible and tempting to see this not as a historical howler about a man who died 122 years ago, but as just another of Trump’s verbal fender benders, this one involving verb tenses.

Now, however, he has instructed us that Andrew Jackson was angry…

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