July 22, 2019

Gunsight Mountain, Alaska


Photo by Al Remington

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Open Thread – September 5, 2012

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One PPH Reader: Cut Down More Trees to Increase Deer Population

For what it’s worth, over the years residents of Maine have been told that the reasons there is such a poor deer herd in many parts of the state are because (and in no particular order): Severe winters, loss of habitat, destruction and loss of deer wintering areas, poaching and perhaps an occasional depredation (said with tongue nicely inserted into depth of right cheek) by a bear, coyote/wolf, bobcat, lynx and/or mountain lion. Never, in my recollection, has anyone suggested cutting down more trees to increase the number of deer…..directly.

I should, however, point out that there is legitimate debate as to whether proper logging practices – proper in the sense of better wildlife management – would provide better feed. I don’t believe that lack of feed is a problem. At this point spending time and effort to provide more feed for deer would be akin to me setting up feed stations all across Maine to feed the elusive down-hill-side-badger.

As silly as all this sounds, a person actually did write the Portland Press Herald and suggested, “it’s time to “cut” a few trees, thus increasing feed opportunities” and further suggested that, “Large forest growth contributes to the lack of deer.”

Well, not really but…..well, really? I think if the argument was that Maine has a sufficient population of deer but lack of feed, then perhaps cutting more trees would be in order. But that isn’t the problem. The problem is there aren’t any deer to begin with. We must address that problem first, and we are not in any serious way.

And on a related note, it has been brought to our attention nearly one year ago, that those hundreds of thousands of acres of forests, clear cut because of the spruce budworm, will be mature within the next 15 years. Then what?

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Connecticut: Counting and Killing Bears

While Connecticut biology students are stringing barbed wire and stealing bear hair samples, aimed at examining DNA in hopes of making a better guess at how many bears there really are in Connecticut, other officials are killing nuisance bears.

The Connecticut black bear brass claim there’s 500 bears in the Constitution State. That guess is probably as good as me guessing the average number of whiskers on the face of a werewolf at midnight at the height of the full moon in foggy London town.

In the meantime, residents are having to deal with what appears to be an ever increasing number of encounters with bears. In Madison, one guy films a bear in his back yard from an open window in the house. The bear charges the man who quickly shuts the window. In the video below, note the matching set of earrings the bear is wearing. And, oh yeah, the bear was eventually killed.

View more videos at: http://nbcconnecticut.com.

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Eureka Roadhouse, Alaska

With the Matanuska Glacier in the background.


Photo by Al Remington

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Open Thread – September 1, 2012

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Knob Lake, Alaska


Photo by Al Remington – Best viewing enlarged – Click on Photo to enlarge

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Open Thread – August 31, 2012

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New York Residents Want Something Done About Rat Infestation

And where are those same animal right zealots who work so hard to protect big rats, like coyotes, wolves, bear, mountain lions, etc. Is there a class warfare among animals?

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Matanuska River, Alaska


Photo by Al Remington

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