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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
Bringing up deer. Does are pretty good at it, as the statewide population of 230,000 would indicate. But in most cases, elected officials might be better off not bringing up deer at all. The beautiful critters with the soulful brown eyes can still be the third rail of wildlife politics. Just ask Baltimore County Council member Todd Huff, one of the authors of the law to thin the herd in local parks. Huff and council colleague David Marks took the buck by the antlers when it became apparent that deer were treating county lands like an all-you-can-eat salad bar. "We had a major problem.
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June 28, 2011
The recent article about rules and regulations at Loch Raven Reservoir ("Think before you leap," June 25) was very informative and was an important reminder for citizens using the reservoir. The public needs to abide by the rules in order to preserve our drinking water and for safety reasons, too. Bikers, hikers, nature photographers, birdwatchers and any other groups or individuals need to work together to support the laws put into place so that we can enjoy our beautiful Loch Raven in a respectful manner.
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Evening Sun Staff | November 20, 1990
Late one night recently, as he was touching down on the airfield at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maj. Gen. George H. Akin was a bit unnerved. White-tailed deer were fleeing from the path of the plane in which Akin, the post commander, was riding.The proving ground, a 72,000-acre weapons testing site that is largely undeveloped in Harford County, seems as much a thriving wildlife refuge as a place where 70-ton tanks roam. With thousands of acres of swamps, fields and woods, it is a haven for deer, bald eagles and other critters.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
Bringing up deer. Does are pretty good at it, as the statewide population of 230,000 would indicate. But in most cases, elected officials might be better off not bringing up deer at all. The beautiful critters with the soulful brown eyes can still be the third rail of wildlife politics. Just ask Baltimore County Council member Todd Huff, one of the authors of the law to thin the herd in local parks. Huff and council colleague David Marks took the buck by the antlers when it became apparent that deer were treating county lands like an all-you-can-eat salad bar. "We had a major problem.
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By PETER BAKER | February 23, 1992
The Department of Natural Resources recently released its proposed 1992-93 hunting and trapping seasons, bag limits and regulations for upland game, forest game and furbearers. The majority of changes in these proposals seem to center on the deer seasons and ways to increase the yearly take by hunters.According to a DNR press release, in the past 10 years the increase in the state's deer herd has been dramatic. According to wildlife biologists interviewed in the past several months, that dramatic increase may be loosely translated to mean that the herd is on the verge of being out of control.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1999
It is possible to love deer and to kill them, says Joe Webster, who will take his lifelong passion for hunting today to a place normally off limits: the 1,000-acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area in Columbia."
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By Dan Berger | October 15, 1999
Pakistan tried every form of government. None works.The Nobel Prize for medicine went to a German at Rockefeller U.; chemistry to an Egyptian at Cal Tech; physics to a Dutchman at Michigan; and economics to a Canadian at Columbia, so don't knock foreign docs.Pat Buchanan and Lenora Fulani make a lovely couple.The most effective way to cull the deer herd in suburbia is to introduce wolves.
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By Dan Berger | August 14, 2000
The one good thing going for Gore is the braying of the press pack ("boring!"), which lowered expectations to the point where the man can only look and sound good on prime time. Martin O'Malley is not the first aspiring performer who went to La-La-Land in search of being discovered, or the last. The Reform Party cries out for reform! Coyotes are invading Maryland, which is all right if they cull the deer herd.
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By Dan Berger | November 24, 2000
The rule of law and sanctity of constitutional institutions are more important than who wins. Q. When is a public record not a public record? A. When the Maryland judiciary finds it inconvenient. Larry Young could do for the NAACP what he did for the Maryland Senate. If the American people are not able to cull the deer herd with guns, we'll just have to do it with cars.
NEWS
November 27, 1992
Tomorrow marks the start of the deer hunting season in Maryland. This year, the firearms season is doubled to two weeks to encourage hunters to reduce a deer population that threatens to mushroom out of control. The total kill is expected to reach nearly 50,000 whitetail -- out of a statewide herd of some 200,000.Yet even a longer hunting season with more liberal bag limits this year will not achieve the major goal of game managers -- stabilizing the deer population to pre-1990 levels.The problem is the astounding fecundity of females, who outnumber male deer by a whopping 4-1 margin and commonly give birth to twins and triplets.
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May 1, 2011
Avi J. Friedman of Baltimore asks: What are the drawbacks to letting private property owners inside the city limits hunt deer on their own land with bows? I'd settle for the usual archery season, Sept. 15 - Jan 31. Are we trying to maintain a deer herd within city limits? Is it necessary for the city to be a sanctuary for deer to supply deer to the surrounding suburban areas? Generally, the state is begging people right now to take deer in the suburban areas. I can see no reason at all why I should not be allowed to hunt deer in my backyard with my bow. I would be performing a public service.
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November 27, 2010
The 11-point buck with a third antler poking out of the middle of its forehead, as if it were a unicorn? I didn't see it. The "dead" deer that suddenly came to life in the trunk of a Toyota? Missed that one, too. On the opening day of firearms season Saturday, there were enough stories — and photos — to go around at Austin's Deer Processing, not far from the BWI glide path, as we waited for the first hunters to arrive. Between writing up orders at the front of the shop and supervising the butchers out back, proprietor Keith Austin said deer season has been flat-out crazy this year, even without the unicorn and undead deer.
NEWS
September 8, 2008
Killing is wrong way to deal with the deer "Thinning" the deer herd at Loch Raven Reservoir would be something more like a massacre ("Loch Raven in balance," editorial, Aug. 27). County officials have recently argued that their goal for the deer population is to reduce it to as few as 10 deer per square mile or about one deer for each 64 acres. That could mean killing up to 90 percent of the area's deer. The state's plans for this year's deer hunt call for unlimited killing of does from Sept.
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August 27, 2008
The abundance of deer around Baltimore's Loch Raven Reservoir is no mere nuisance. It has damaged the forest, wiping out habitat for other species and threatening the region's drinking water supply. Under those circumstances, limited hunting on the city-owned property is not only a reasonable but also an overdue decision. Authorities in Baltimore and Baltimore County plan to allow seasonal bowhunting on the northern portions of Loch Raven beginning in mid-September and then employ licensed professional deer hunters to conduct a closely supervised and targeted harvest of animals in the southern areas early next year.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 16, 2005
ANNAPOLIS - Two federal sharpshooters hired by the state Department of Natural Resources killed 48 deer last week at Sandy Point State Park. The department acted to reduce the deer population after receiving complaints from residents about the animals, said Paul A. Peditto, DNR director of the wildlife and heritage service. Residents, who learned of DNR's plans at a meeting last month, have complained for a decade about a high incidence of Lyme disease, car crashes and other problems because of the deer, Peditto said yesterday.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN STAFF | October 9, 2004
For 25 years, Allen and Shirley Anderson raised a herd of deer on their 1-acre property in Pasadena. The Andersons say they enjoyed having them, and that neighborhood children would come by on Sundays to sing to the dozen or so deer. On Thursday morning, though, state Department of Natural Resources officers knocked on the couple's door before dawn to seize the deer so they could be euthanized and tested for chronic wasting disease, or CWD - a condition similar to mad cow disease. The Andersons are upset, and say they don't know why more than a dozen Maryland Natural Resources police officers and state biologists had to swoop down on their property, seize the herd and kill the animals at a University of Maryland lab. They say they thought they were allowed to keep the deer.
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By LONNY WEAVER | November 1, 1992
More than 250 citizens, most of whom are recreational users of the three Baltimore City owned and controlled reservoirs, attended a public hearing earlier this week on the future of fishing, hunting, hiking and horseback riding at the Loch Raven, Liberty and Prettyboy properties."
NEWS
June 28, 2011
The recent article about rules and regulations at Loch Raven Reservoir ("Think before you leap," June 25) was very informative and was an important reminder for citizens using the reservoir. The public needs to abide by the rules in order to preserve our drinking water and for safety reasons, too. Bikers, hikers, nature photographers, birdwatchers and any other groups or individuals need to work together to support the laws put into place so that we can enjoy our beautiful Loch Raven in a respectful manner.
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By Dan Berger | November 24, 2000
The rule of law and sanctity of constitutional institutions are more important than who wins. Q. When is a public record not a public record? A. When the Maryland judiciary finds it inconvenient. Larry Young could do for the NAACP what he did for the Maryland Senate. If the American people are not able to cull the deer herd with guns, we'll just have to do it with cars.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | August 14, 2000
The one good thing going for Gore is the braying of the press pack ("boring!"), which lowered expectations to the point where the man can only look and sound good on prime time. Martin O'Malley is not the first aspiring performer who went to La-La-Land in search of being discovered, or the last. The Reform Party cries out for reform! Coyotes are invading Maryland, which is all right if they cull the deer herd.
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