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As deer-hunting season opens Monday, Ohio monitors health and safety of animals

Published: Sun, December 1, 2013 @ 5:15 p.m.

As deer-hunting season opens Monday, Ohio monitors health and safety of animals

Associated Press


Ohio’s Division of Wildlife is monitoring deer around the state for reasons including health and public safety as deer-gun season opens this week.

Officials with the division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say studying a sampling of deer can help them make assumptions about the health and age of the deer population. They say that translates into better management of the herd through proper setting of hunting limits and ultimately benefits everyone.

Karen Norris, a biologist and spokeswoman with the Division of Wildlife, is one of dozens of state employees traveling to deer-processing stations around the state for the opening of deer-gun season Monday.

“Our goal isn’t just to make it better for hunting,” Norris said.

She says herd management helps the public in many ways. Too many deer mean more vehicle crashes, so there’s a science to appropriately culling. Deer also can cause extensive crop damage, which can lead to higher prices at the grocery store, officials said.

But no one wants to reduce the herd too drastically.

“Whether you are the guy with a camera photographing wildlife, or someone who likes to see the white-tailed deer outside your back door, we want the deer there for enjoyment, too,” Norris said.

Division employees will have examined hundreds of deer at more than 80 processing stations by the end of the deer-gun season that runs through Dec. 8. They will also have monitored for disease in an effort to protect the herd and Ohio’s captive-deer farms and other livestock, said Scott Zody, chief of the Division of Wildlife.

Deer are monitored for black-legged ticks and for diseases including brucellosis, an infectious disease that can be transferred to livestock.

State wildlife officials no longer estimate the numbers of white-tailed deer in Ohio, but they say the herd was estimated at more than 700,000 a few years ago.


1papa1(711 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I wonder when the hunters and their sons and daughters shoot a deer and don't immediately kill the animal, which I'm sure happens most times, do they have any compassion as they stand there watching the poor animal in pain and gasping for breath as it lays there dying? how do there kids react to this?

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2kk80586(227 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

papa1- I don't hunt but I know several people who do. you obviously do not have the first clue about hunters so you should have avoided posting. But I'm sure you do that all the time....

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3papa1(711 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

i know deer hunting is necessary. my point is only not everyone is qualified to hunt. you shouldn't be out there like elmer fudd having to shoot an animal ten times to kill it. i inderstand there are millions of outdoorsmen and i get that. i guess with me it's about safety for the hunters and yes, I'm an animal lover, and some compassion for the animal. that's all. have a good hunt.

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