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COMeatHunter's picture
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Shifting to Conservation from Preservation?

Just read an article in the Saturday Wall Street Journal about how the wildlife populations, especially in the East, are recovering and starting to cause problems in suburban areas.  Reforestation has produced needed habitats in rural areas as well as urban and suburban areas.  Everything from property damage, car wrecks, predation of pets, etc., has apparently begun to catch the attention of local and state governments.  I've attached a .pdf of the article for those interested in reading it as well.

My question, since I don't get to the East coast very often, is about the wildlife populations there.  Are there really that many suburban deer roaming the neighborhoods?  How often are coyotes seen in the parks?  Are larger predators like bears found digging through trash in not just the rural areas, but the suburban communities too?

If the wildlife populations are really at all time high numbers in many states, the question we should be asking our state wildlife agencies is what are their plans for maintaining the populations and their overall health.  Can hunting be used as a tool to help control the wildlife populations in suburban areas?  

Maybe should have posted this in a different forum.  Oh well, here it is.  What's your opinion.

America Gone Wild_ Nature Wars - WSJ.pdf184.76 KB
buckykm1's picture
Location: Vicksburg, Mi
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I live in SW Michigan, and deer populations are high, back east,Even right in town i see deer every day. Coyotes you see pretty regular, not many Bears in this part of the state, but 50 miles north of me, they are becoming a problem. the big problem here is lots of private property, that you can't get permission to hunt.
In the late 70s you didn't hardly see a whitetail in this area, but now, they are every where.
On private land, i can buy a licence for a Doe, and kill one every day of the season if i want too in the county i live.


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Here in NE Ohio the black

Here in NE Ohio the black bear population has definitely grown where some have been sited in Bedford and Twinsburg - two areas that have not seen them before. The area here has a very large metro-park system which allows the deer and now black bear populations to grow. We also have the same issue here with the amount of private property. Bottom line I agree 100% on getting involved with the state wildlife agencies and asking the questions needed to move on a control program.

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