By Jim Hagerty
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has developed a new website dedicated to helping Illinois residents co-exist with the state’s white-tailed deer population.
The site, Living with White-tailed Deer in Illinois, provides information about the state’s strategy for maintaining the population, culling deer in specific areas and public health.
The site also provides emergency information about what to do with injured and orphaned deer and how landowners can help in managing the deer population.
The site was built through a collaboration between the IDNR, University of Illinois Extension and the unversity’s Office of Sustainability.
According to the site, the site is dedicated to minimizing negative human interactions with deer, the state’s largest native mammal.
“The statewide deer management goal is to provide compatible use of this valuable resource while reducing deer-vehicle accidents and other negative aspects of deer on the landscape such as damage to agricultural crops, ornamentals, orchards and native plant life in natural areas by controlling deer through an emphasis on doe harvest during all available deer hunting seasons,” the site said.
Information about the state’s deer program can be found at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/deer/.
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From the Sept. 1-7, 2010 issue