deer http://ripr.org en Deer Culling On Block Island Postponed Until Next Year http://ripr.org/post/deer-culling-block-island-postponed-until-next-year <p>The deer culling scheduled to begin this week on Block Island has been postponed until next year. The sharpshooting company hired to cull the deer recommended to postpone the project.</p><p>With no natural predators on the island, the Virginia white tailed deer population has grown out of control.<br />The deer have damaged the island’s ecosystem and spread Lyme disease.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:17:53 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29623 at http://ripr.org Deer Culling On Block Island Postponed Until Next Year State Managed Deer Hunt Begins On Block Island http://ripr.org/post/state-managed-deer-hunt-begins-block-island <p>Starting Tuesday, the second annual state managed deer hunt will be held on Block Island.</p><p>It’s the only hunt of its kind on state-owned land.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>The four week hunt takes place on a one-hundred fifteen acre parcel of state-owned land known as Black Rock.</p><p>Any Rhode Islander with a state hunting license is eligible to take part in the hunt. However only six hunters will be allowed on the property per day; they’ll be chosen via a lottery system. The bag limit is eight deer per hunter.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:11:22 +0000 John Bender 27901 at http://ripr.org State Managed Deer Hunt Begins On Block Island RI DEM Announces Plans To Cut Down Exploding Deer Population http://ripr.org/post/ri-dem-announces-plans-cut-down-exploding-deer-population <p>The state Department of Environmental Management has announced plans to cull the population of Virginia white-tailed deer on Block Island.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The density of white-tailed deer on Block Island is estimated at 80 to 100 per square mile.&nbsp; That’s eight to ten times the desirable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has decided to cull the herd.</p><p>The DEM’s Catherine Sparks says they’ll hire professional sharp shooters to kill some of the deer early next year.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:52:49 +0000 Flo Jonic 24501 at http://ripr.org RI DEM Announces Plans To Cut Down Exploding Deer Population Ticks, disease, and the environment http://ripr.org/post/ticks-disease-and-environment <p>This week, we’re all about Block Island here on RIPR. It’s the focus of our annual “<a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain?action=section&amp;SECTION_ID=9788">One Square Mile</a>” series, where we bring you stories on a variety of angles about one particular part of Rhode Island. As we started exploring this beautiful island, it became clear to me that one of the biggest health stories is how ticks have come to be such a menace. So, I invite you to listen to the three stories I’ve reported about the problem:</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8301 at http://ripr.org