October 21, 2019

Maine’s Early Deer Harvest Numbers? Crickets…..

A friend sent me this information and I thank him. Here we have portions of reports across parts of the United States where early deer hunting harvest information is made available to anyone interested. Check these out:

New Hampshire Deer Hunting Report

Maryland

Tennessee

Virginia

Wisconsin

And in Maine, where historically it takes 4-6 months for hunters to get any information about deer harvest…….Well, you guessed it:

MaineCrickets

And if it isn’t embarrassing enough that they can’t manage to inform people about what’s going on during the deer hunting season, I’ve just learned that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recently modified last year’s deer harvest report because “some information from tagging stations just arrived.”

Are you kidding me? Maine must be the most isolated state in the world. We live in a world of instant information and the best we can do is to receive deer hunting harvest numbers nearly one year after the event? WOW!

 

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Virginia woman survives bear attack, receives 28 stitches

*Editor’s Note* – Check out the last statement in this article: “They emphasize incidents like this are very rare.” Keep protecting bears and attacks like this will become more commonplace.

Cooksey insists, “I’ve got some stitches and I’m really sore, but we’re all good. We packed up the tent and I’m not camping again. I’m not hiking in the mountains again.”

Source: Virginia woman survives bear attack, receives 28 stitches | wivb.com

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New group advocates more young forest habitat

*Editor’s Note* – The road to hell is paved with good intentions! As was pointed out to me by a friend the other day, is not this proposal of forest manipulation, based upon the belief that it is “FAIR” for all wildlife, a promotion for the creation of more, national forests and state wildlife management areas? A task that cannot be accomplished by government because of their inability to do anything successfully with the exception of intrusion, regulation and loss of rights?

Perhaps this group should carefully consider what it is they are advocating for.

A new group, called the Virginia Wildlife Habitat Coalition, is being organized to make certain wildlife gets a fair shake in the management of national forests and state wildlife management areas.

Source: New group advocates more young forest habitat – HeraldCourier.com: TriCities Outdoors

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Maine’s Bear Biologists Discuss Increasing Bear Populations And Management Strategies At Conference

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

FRONT ROYAL, Virginia – Burgeoning black bear populations throughout the northeast were among the major topics discussed at the annual Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee meeting in Virginia. Maine bear biologists Randy Cross and Jennifer Vashon joined bear biologists from 16 states and six Canadian provinces for the annual conference, which was held August 27 and 28 in Front Royal, Virginia.

“Nearly all the northeast states are increasing hunting opportunities to try and control black bear numbers,” said Vashon. “New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia all recently increased the length of their black bear hunting seasons. Connecticut is considering enacting a bear hunt, and Maryland has been increasing the number of bear permits available.”

The two-day meeting focused on issues surrounding bear managers in the northeast. Among the topics discussed over the two days included reports from subcommittees/

*Bear population management strategies, including population estimates, modeling techniques and harvest strategies.
*Effectiveness of focused hunting in in urban and suburban areas to reduce conflicts between bears and people.
*Developing a standard message for how to react in a bear-human encounter.
*Standardized protocols for responding to bear attacks and the recent bear attack training received by the Southeast Black Bear Technical Committee.
*Summarizing data on care and rehabilitation of orphaned cubs.
*Ongoing predator prey/prey research about black bear and deer.

“The first day involves status reports from each state and province, where bear managers highlight what is happening in their state, and then we hear from our working groups that are tasked with researching certain topics,” said Cross.

Vashon noted that one of the more interesting topics for the working groups was the discussion concerning aversive conditioning of nuisance black bears, where bears are hazed or harassed in hopes that nuisance bear behavior won’t be repeated.

“What the group found was that there was no silver bullet or one tool that was effective, and that aversive conditioning is an effective short-term solution, especially when addressing an immediate public safety issue or when property damage is severe,” said Vashon. That was the result of studies in three different states where biologists radio-collared nuisance bears and subjected them to aversive conditioning after a nuisance bear complaint.

“Dealing with increasing nuisance conflicts is a priority for most eastern states,” said Vashon. “The committee is currently evaluating if increasing hunting opportunity around urban areas can alleviate conflicts. Initial findings indicate that increased hunting around urban areas is effective at removing bears that cause problems in backyards.”

One part that is particularly helpful to bear managers is feedback from the committee.

“These people know their subject and can give you feedback. It helps improve your program based upon the shared knowledge within the committee,” said Vashon.

The Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee first met in Maine in 2002 and has met every year since then. Vashon, Maine’s lead bear biologist, was the chair of the committee from 2007-2010. As chair, Vashon was instrumental in bringing the Eastern Black Bear Workshop to Maine in 2013.

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Nature Balancing Itself and Animal Rights Hypocrisy

An article that appears on the NBC12.com website, gives readers a glimpse into what most people believe to be “balance of nature” and proof they have no idea what their so-called “balance” looks like. In addition, the same article reveals the hypocrisy that drives animal rights and animal protection groups (actually anti hunting, control freaks).

What is being shown is an emaciated young black bear. The article states that this particular bear should have weighed about 100 pounds coming out of hibernation. Instead it tipped the scales at 15 pounds. The reason for the starvation was given as being the result of a lack of natural food last fall leading up to the time of hibernation when bears work hard at gorging themselves to build fat reserves.

This my friends is an example of “(un)balance of nature.” Most who believe this myth have been convinced or have convinced themselves that if man just dried up and went away, nature would always self-regulate and be in some kind of Disneyesque, fake balance that does not exist.

One has to ask which is more cruel/inhumane? To see young bears being starved to death “naturally,” or through population manipulation, employing hunting and trapping, to keep bear numbers at sustainable levels so that when those seasons come around when there is little natural food, this extreme kind of starvation is better avoided.

It won’t stop all situations but it could mitigate a very serious issue.

On the hypocrisy side of things, in the article we read, “It’s important not to feed bears if they come searching for food in your lawn. Call animal control, so the bears can be taken to a haven where they’re revived, and then released.”

The animal protectors, most of whom dislike hunters, say that using bait for hunting bears is cruel, unnatural and causes bear populations to grow too high for the carrying capacity of the forests. They also say feeding bears by baiting/feeding habituates them to humans and creates the nuisance problems we see on a regular basis.

Here we see hypocrisy at its finest. First we see that while many people claim “balance of nature” and that man should get out of the wildlife management business, we have man butting into wildlife management, creating a wildlife management business of their own, reviving starving bears (starving due to balance of nature?) and then sending them back into the forests again to starve and/or cause the starvation of other bears.

While the animal protectors claim that feeding/baiting bears teaches bears that humans are a food resource, it is somehow overlooked that “reviving” a starved bear cub and sending it back to the woods has not taught that bear to be dependent on humans for food?

In addition, the act of reviving a starved bear may, in fact, cause the starvation of another bear. The reason these dozen bears that have been found are starving is because of a “natural” phenomenon known as too many bears and not enough food. Sending a revived bear back to compete with other starving bears makes no sense at all.

They kinds of ignorant and hypocritical people love balance of nature, that is the kind they conjure up in their heads, when it nicely fits their narrative. And holding true to their totalitarian ways, rules they have insisted on having about feeding/baiting bears, apply to only those they dislike (hunters).

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Mission Accomplished! Virginia Elk Restoration Project Complete

MISSOULA, Mont.—A multi-year project to restore wild elk to their native hills of Virginia is complete thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, its volunteers, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and several other partners.

“This is a prime example of what can happen when good people work together,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “There is now a growing and sustainable elk herd on the ground in Virginia for the first time in more than four decades.”

The third and final group of 45 wild elk –14 bulls and 31 cows, 16 of which are pregnant– arrived in Virginia’s Buchanan County from Kentucky. They join an existing herd of approximately 30 elk previously relocated in 2012 and 2013.

Financially funded by in part by RMEF and several major donors, RMEF volunteers also played a major role in the restoration program.

“Volunteers first got involved when approached by Buchanan County officials back in 2010,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation. “They helped search for and find suitable locations in the southwest part of the state and then rolled up their sleeves and went to work in many reclaimed mining sites. Crews cleared brush, applied fertilizer and planted native grasses to improve habitat, talked to and worked with local landowners, and stepped up each time to assist wildlife officials with the actual on-the-ground elk reintroductions.”

Virginia has a goal of growing the herd to about 400 animals and eventually instituting a regulated hunting season. Proceeds from hunting permits will target elk habitat and conservation efforts.

RMEF’s project partners include the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.RMEF completed successful elk restorations in Wisconsin in 1995, Kentucky in 1997, Tennessee in 2000, Ontario in 2001, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2002, Missouri in 2011, and Virginia in 2014. RMEF also previously funded feasibility studies in Illinois, Maryland, New York and West Virginia.

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We Must Learn to CoExist With Bears

“Consider installing electric fencing, an inexpensive and efficient proven deterrent to bears, around Dumpsters, gardens, beehives and other potential food sources.”

No, this was actually a suggestion on how to coexist with bears. <<<Read More Brilliant Tips>>>

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Anti-Gun Puppets of Bloomberg Preach to Crowd of 15 in Richmond

Fascist Michael Bloomberg is determined to disarm the American citizenry so that he and his ruling elite can more easily exert mob control and continue his systematic approach to strip Americans of all their rights, including telling them every move they are allowed to make.

As part of his bombastic bullying, Bloomberg is sponsoring a bus tour, traveling through 25 states lying, cheating and misleading the American people with anti-gun rhetoric.

Yesterday, Bloomberg’s bus brigade of bloviating bullies, stopped in Richmond, Virginia where a crowd of 15 showed up to listen.

I suppose in the way that Al Gore thinks, or not, he would say that those not attending Bloomberg’s rally were racists and flatearthers and he would encourage the fascist movement to continue on and that someday the rest of the world will come around to their way of thinking…..or not thinking.

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Those “Rare” Coyote Attacks We Always Hear About

Still puking out the ignorant mantra that coyotes don’t bother people, especially attack them, yet again we hear of a two-year-old girl in California who was attacked by a coyote and dragged away while the girl’s mother yelled and screamed and eventually run the coyote away.

And in Virginia, coyotes are a real nuisance and causing serious damage due to livestock losses.

I am reminded that it was nearly twenty years ago now that Dr. Valerius Geist told the Southeast Deer Study Group, as they complained about what to do about too many whitetail deer, to:

Enjoy your problem while it lasts, because the coyote is coming. Once he’s here, you’ll miss your deer problems.

It now appears the coyote has arrived.

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