September 21, 2020

Wolves Follow Caribou Herd. Lack of Snow Forces Wolves In Town

The brash behavior is related to the movement of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, Moto said. Stakeholders in North America’s largest herd met last week to discuss all things caribou [2] at the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group annual meeting in Anchorage. Among the hot topics was the observation of more predators closer to the villages.

“The movement of the caribou correlates with where the wolves go,” said Moto, who is also a member of the caribou working group.

There have been caribou about 35 miles south of Deering. And because they have moved to a snowless area, they’re able to outrun the wolves causing the canids to head into the village for easier meals.

Other villages have noticed an increase in wolf activity, including Selawik.

And while it’s nothing new to witness the predators near villages, the number of sightings has increased over the last couple years.<<<Read More>>>

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Trains Blocking Deer Migration, Causing Crop Damage?

After reading the article in the Portland Press Herald today, about a small lettuce farmer in Yarmouth, Maine losing all his lettuce crop to hungry deer because he thinks a bunch of train tankers cars are blocking the deer migration route, I began to wonder. Maybe there’s more deer in this farmer’s lettuce crop than usual because the new head deer biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) says the deer herd has “rebounded.” But then again maybe not so much.

Bruce Hincks normally doesn’t have so much trouble with deer eating his crops. But this year is quite different and he has struggled for an answer. Now he thinks a string of about 100 oil tanker train cars is blocking the deer from going to a field across the tracks where they normally hang out. He says they are trapped and can’t get around the roughly one-mile-long blockade. The tankers have been fixed in that one spot for at least a month.

Right or wrong, he isn’t getting much help for his dilemma. Nobody has talked to the railroad and MDIFW doesn’t have a solution short of deciding whether or not to kill off about a dozen troublesome deer. Hincks has tried multiple solutions to keep the deer out of his crop; from ineffective 8-foot netting, to noise and scent repellent.

The farmer says he’s about fed up enough to buy a gun and take matters into his own hands.

I certainly hope he can pass a background check!

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