War declared on out of control deer herd.

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Maybe Greenwich would rather have these. The magazine article had photos of moose lounging in children's wading pools, and just hanging out on the front lawns of houses. According to the article, sometimes they actually jump INTO the houses, through windows or open doors. They are everywhere in Anchorage.SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE
December 2004Herd on the StreetIn Anchorage, Alaska, you never know when a moose will show up on your doorstepCoping with moose is a major theme of life in the booming metropolis of Anchorage. The city has about 300 moose that stay within city limits year-round, and after the first snowfalls they're joined by hundreds more that stream down from the nearby Chugach Mountains. The moose have traditionally sought shelter in Anchorage's bowl-like configuration, but this important moose wintering habitat has been disappearing as the city's sprawl has increased. During a hard winter, many moose can starve. Looking for vegetation to browse on, the animals hang around residential neighborhoods and head downtown. Now new houses are relentlessly climbing the hillsides behind Anchorage toward the moose summer range as well.Most residents say they enjoy watching moose and like having them around. "They're icons," says Rick Sinnott, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG). "They remind us we live on the edge of a great wilderness. People appreciate that." But people don't necessarily appreciate ruined bushes and flower beds, trashed hammocks, injured pets, looted garbage cans and scary encounters. Run-ins aren't unusual. Nearly a third of residents responding to a survey conducted in Anchorage several years ago for the ADFG said they had been charged by a moose in their neighborhood or on a trail. Moose are a hazard on roads too. They feed along median strips and shoulders; they lick salt off the pavement. The more city-wise among them look both ways before crossing a street, but others aren't smart enough, or don't live long enough, to learn. In the 2003-2004 winter season, 200 moose were killed in vehicle collisions in the Anchorage area.Part of Sinnott's job is educating the public about moose, so aggressive encounters are less likely to happen. "It's pretty simple"”don't get close, don't harass, don't confront, keep pets and garbage under control, drive cautiously." He tells people how to read moose body language: "When the ears go back, the neck hair goes up and the lip-licking starts, it's time to back off and look for an escape route." With moose numbers at a point where confrontations are almost unavoidable, Sinnott's aim is to reassure, not scare. "People will feel more comfortable about moose if they know how to act around them," he says.[ 12-17-2004: Message edited by: Naran ]

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Friday, December 17, 2004 With night-vision goggles and high-powered rifles, Greenwich stalks a new foe
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
Associated Press WriterDecember 14, 2004, 4:50 PM ESTGreenwich, a wealthy Connecticut town that cherishes its privacy and tranquility, is up in arms over a foe who is menacing its dear land. The New York suburb plans to gun down this enemy in the middle of the night. Sharpshooters with silencers will lure the creatures out with bait at a golf course, a park and a preserve.

Greenwich is aiming to become the first municipality in Connecticut to thin its deer herd through sharpshooting and baiting. A recent study found up to 120 deer per square mile in some parts of town, compared to a normal population of 10 to 15. The deer are particularly concentrated in the exclusive "backcountry" _ known for its sprawling estates and such residents as Ron Howard and Mel Gibson. But the deer hunting proposal, authorized by a new law, is angering animal rights activists who say the privileged should learn to coexist with the animals and not worry so much about their azalea bushes. "They want a deer massacre," said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals in Darien. "We're in a very privileged part of the country. They don't want to be inconvenienced by deer." But supporters include mothers of children with Lyme disease, blamed on ticks carried by deer. "It completely stole the life of my child," said Diane Blanchard, who has the disease along with her three children, the Greenwich Time reported. She spoke at a meeting Monday in which town officials voted to hire the help. Greenwich officials deny the deer hunt is to protect fancy landscaping, but they are mindful of the town's image. "If we vote for this proposal tonight, I fully expect that it will be reported in the New York media that Greenwich has gone out and hired somebody else to do our dirty work," warned James Boutelle, a town delegate. The town, which must apply for a state permit, plans to kill up to 200 deer in February. The deer meat will be given to soup kitchens. Deer culling is not new in suburbs overrun by deer, but it had been generally limited to private hunts. A state law passed last year allows towns to use new methods, including sharpshooting during the night with high-powered rifles, night-vision goggles and spotlights. Sharpshooting of deer by cities and towns is on the rise around the country. Solon, Ohio, in October approved the largest city-backed deer killing in the state, and a proposal will be voted on next spring to allow hunters to shoot deer in Georgia's state parks. Studies show a direct correlation between the number of deer and the rate of Lyme disease, said Denise Savageau, the town's conservation director. The overabundance of deer also harms other animals by devouring plants and shrubs and causing a growing number of car accidents, officials said. "We're losing certain song birds. We're losing wild flowers," Savageau said. A survey found that 74 percent of residents support such a program, Savageau said. "We thought it would be the safest and most effective way," Savageau said. "We have to look at not just an individual animal but all the animals and the whole ecosystem." Bow hunters also oppose the plan, which they said was extravagant and ineffective because it culls deer on three town properties instead of a larger area. Opponents say the deer will return to Greenwich. "When you have nice estates in Greenwich and people use fancy shrubbery, they're going to draw deer," Feral said. "They would have to eradicate deer and put a fence around the town and they're not going to do that."

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[i]Central Maine has just the group of guys to handle the job...[/i] ;)
Friday, December 17, 2004Wardens score big in raids
By KEITH EDWARDS
Staff WriterCopyright © 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

SIDNEY -- Wardens armed with 19 search warrants arrested several local residents Thursday night on charges ranging from night hunting to killing multiple deer.Officials described the bust as one of the Maine Warden Service's largest "enforcement actions" ever."This group possessed a blatant disregard for the laws that are designed to protects Maine's wildlife for everyone," said Maj. Gregg Sanborn of the Warden's Service. "They killed multiple deer, they killed at night, out of season, and fired out of their trucks. They killed whatever and whenever they felt like it."Wardens arrested seven people Thursday and charged 14 others -- most from the Belgrade area.Arrested were Peter Tukey, 52, of Belgrade; Albert (Joey) Languet, 31, of Belgrade; Vernon Dexter, 57, of Gardiner; Patrick Dexter, 32, of Belgrade; Glenn Glidden, 43, of Rome; Andrew Seamon, 38, of Augusta; and Paul Stevens, 37, of Belgrade.Evidence seized after serving the warrants included deer meat, deer antlers, deer parts, moose meat, wild turkey meat, wild turkey parts including beards and feathers; and firearms, bone saws and archery equipment.Sanborn said two pickup truck loads of evidence were seized.

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