William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 15, June, 2009

White Tail

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 11:01

iStock_000000056964XSmall There were two four prong white tail bucks in velvet that were eating the leaves of a tulip tree in the front yard of a house on my street today. They looked pretty tender, and I’d been reading up on venison recently, trying to see if I could get some from a local butcher.

There are more and more deer locally. Some cities have sponsored hunts. Personally, I think the best idea is the re-introduction of large predatory cats. Tigers would do perfectly well in this climate. I think I’m in the minority on this one.



  1. Overland Park, KS, just across the state line from Kansas City, MO, has a large 1000+acre park infested with deer. At one time, the park was on the outskirts of the city, now the city has grown to encircle the park and the deer. The White-tail overpopulation has now grown to epidemic proportions, so what does the city do?

    They are putting out bids for “sharpshooters” to reduce the population. All the while, hunters (bow mostly) has been begging to be allowed to reduce the herd for free. Of course, the city thinks that spending $250K plus for commercial hunters is must better than allowing their residence do the same job for zero dollars.


    Comment by Crucis — Thursday, 18, June, 2009 @ 12:49 | Reply

  2. P.S.
    Geez, I really gotta learn to proof-read. 😦

    Comment by Crucis — Thursday, 18, June, 2009 @ 12:50 | Reply

  3. Typical responses… Plenty of folks would do it for FREE with bows. Cats could be interesting too! Get rid of all those yappy little dogs at the same time 🙂

    Comment by Old NFO — Thursday, 18, June, 2009 @ 19:25 | Reply

  4. I’m very confident that cougars will recolonize the Eastern seaboard eventually. They’re already doing what a territorial generalist predator does and radiating out wherever there’s prey and empty territory to be found. As the Cougar Network’s Big Picture Map shows, they are coming. All they need is time and an absence of the extirpation efforts that drove them out in the first place.

    I do believe this is the best possible way to reintroduce carnivore populations- let them reintroduce themselves when they can!

    Comment by LabRat — Friday, 19, June, 2009 @ 18:26 | Reply

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