September 24, 1999 |
Q. I moved to a new home that borders wetlands and has a large population of deer. I don't want to hurt anything, but I would like to grow a vegetable garden next spring. Suggestions, please. "Marathon" -- via e-mail Some time ago on your radio show you talked about five ways to repel deer. Could you repeat that info, please? Shirley Adelman Hockessin, Del. A. . .that's just a small sample of the deer concerns, questions and outright pleas we receive every week.
November 1, 1986
This letter is in reference to the Oct. 4 editorial "Send Roxborough Deer North," in which the writer proposes that overpopulated deer at Schuylkill Valley Nature Center be moved to northern Pennsylvania, where they will disappear into the woodwork, or into the woods in this case. The editorial is written quite authoritatively, but the writer is neither an authority on relocation nor did he do much research. Fortunately, others have considered relocation and done research.
January 26, 1991 |
Gun-toting gardeners are thinning the deer herd at Longwood Gardens, but it's a messy business and it has the neighbors riled. To protect the many exotic plantings at one of the most prestigious horticultural centers in the country, Longwood's hunters have killed 24 deer since late November. John Puican, Longwood's security manager, said the deer prefer nibbling on the many varieties of succulent - and sometimes rare - plants on Longwood's southern Chester County property.
January 10, 1992 |
A chain-reaction accident involving a deer, a motorcycle and a car on the Schuylkill Expressway in Lower Merion early yesterday left two men injured and the deer dead, state police and ambulance attendants reported. The motorcyclist, Michael Cubbin, 23, of the 2900 block of Hannah Avenue, Norristown, was traveling west on the expressway about 3:10 a.m. when he hit the deer, state police Trooper John Long said. Cubbin was knocked from his motorcycle, which came to rest in the roadway, Long said.
December 2, 1990 |
Dried corn husks crackled underfoot as Larry Waltman walked along the edge of a cornfield on his dairy farm in Penn Township, Chester County. He stopped, pointing to a narrow path disappearing into the patch of woods on his left. It was a path blazed by deer, he said. A path leading straight to the heart of his problem. Waltman snapped an ear off a 10-foot high stalk and peeled it open. The bottom half was full of plump orange-yellow kernels. The top half was a sorry looking mass of black cavities.
January 16, 1992 |
A deer can pick its way through the woods so delicately, Carl Rausch said, that "it can walk all around you and you'll never know it's there. " But there was an ungodly racket in the underbrush yesterday just before a deer skidded to within an arm's length of Rausch, where it paused - all liquid eyes and heaving flanks - before wheeling and leaping across the road. Another 10 feet away, its companion did the same. Total elapsed time from their appearance to when Rausch reached for his shotgun as their tails bobbed mockingly away: Two heartbeats; three, max. Not enough, even with the swift kick of adrenalin, to do anything more than stare into the woods where they disappeared.
April 5, 2001
For eight weeks, sharpshooters have culled 429 deer from Fairmount Park. The huge and hungry deer population has been a threat to other plant and animal life, since their numbers far exceed the park's ability to sustain them, a fact lost on local animal-rights activists. As a public service, we provide the following recipe for venison stew: 2 lb venison 3 lg onions, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tb Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried oregano 7 potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 lb carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 c all-purpose flour Heat 2 T of oil in Dutch oven.
January 10, 1991 |
The snow may have been a bit of serendipity for the deer in Ridley Creek State Park in Media, but it thwarted hunters during a two-day hunt Monday and Tuesday, holding the number of deer killed to fewer than 30. During a two-day hunt Dec. 17-18, 106 deer were killed. "The snow has caused a lower number than we expected," said park superintendent John Graham. Graham said the snow made some of the heavy brush areas where the deer gather nearly impassible, leaving hunters unable to find deer.
November 4, 2013 |
Entering the fourth year of a controversial deer-culling operation, the National Park Service says the program not only has been good for Valley Forge National Historical Park, it's been good for the surviving herd. The deer generally have become healthier, heavier, and more fertile, said Deirdre Gibson, the park's chief of resources. When the program started, fewer than 1,300 deer occupied the park's 5.3 square miles, the park service estimated, or 241 per square mile. The current poulation is about 49 per square mile, Gibson said, and the goal is to get it down to between 31 and 35. Before the culling, she said, deer were eating so much vegetation the numbers of plant species were declining, as well as the animal species that depended upon them.
July 23, 1989 |
The Tyler Committee Against Park Hunts last week received $8,000 to buy special reflectors in the hope they will reduce car-deer accidents in the heavy woods near Bucks County Community College. In 1988, 25 to 30 deer were killed by vehicles in the area surrounding the park, either on Swamp Road or Newtown-Richboro Road, according to Ed Bond, district wildlife conservation officer. The money for the reflectors, which are to be used on an experimental basis, came from the state Department of Environmental Resources.