Well until last year dear baiting was legal, and they only stoped it because of disease spreading. Personally, no matter the reason, I'm glad its gone. But with Michigan here being the way it is, I expect it to come back again.
Not that its changed what I do though, because I have 6 acres of woods with dense underbrush, I never felt the need to feed. I have given salt blocks and such in the past though. Now if the deer want salt they will have to come closer to the barn to share it with my ponies that are in the back pasture. But I doubt they will, the ponies and deer tend not to get too close to eachother.
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From: pat scala <patscala@...
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 19:01:19
Subject: [Friends of Deer] Deer-Feeding Now Illegal in Virginia
Annual Prohibition Starts Today, Ends In January
By Jenny Jones
Starting today, it is illegal to feed deer in Virginia, according to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The annual prohibition, part of a 2006 regulation, is part of an effort to keep Virginia's deer population in check. The no-feeding rule will remain in place through the first Saturday in January, according to the department.
The regulation does not restrict the planting of crops, wildlife food plots or backyard and schoolyard habitats. Rather, it is aimed at the artificial feeding of deer, which can unnaturally increase the deer population.
Deer will take advantage of birdfeeders and will eat spilled seed. Individuals who inadvertently feed deer through their birdfeeders may be asked to temporarily take their feeders down, according to a department release.
An overabundance of deer can lead to damage to natural habitats and inappropriate "taming" of wildlife. It also can lead to increased human-deer conflicts, including vehicle collisions and disease transmission, such as tuberculosis and other deer ailments.
Many people feed deer because they believe it will keep them from starving, but deer die-offs due to starvation are practically nonexistent in Virginia, said Matt Knox and Nelson Lafon, VDGIF Deer Project coordinators, in a statement.
"We do not need more deer in Virginia," Lafon said. "In fact, we need fewer deer in many parts of the state."
Harrisonburg has used police snipers to thin the city's deer herd. Recently, city officials said they are considering allowing archery on a limited basis to control the deer population.
Based on a 2007 survey, most Virginians would like to see deer populations decrease through much of the state, the release said.
For more information, log onto www.dgif.virginia.gov <http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
Contact Jenny Jones at 574-6286 or jjones@...
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