But as settlers pursued them for food and market hunters slaughtered them with snares, traps, and set guns, the deer population underwent a disastrous decline. By 1900, only 400,000 whitetails remained. What happened ever since 1900 has truly become a huge conservation success story. Through a massive effort by sportsmen and wildlife managers, market hunting was outlawed, sport-hunting regulations were established, and habitat improvement programs began. Because of the efforts of these concerned people the whitetail population has risen to around 20 million.
The history of deer has to deal with population and the Lacy Act. Characteristics have to deal with many car problems and deer management. Crop damage has raised farmer’s brows over the property damage and the size of the deer. The population in Illinois has caused many problems such as over population, crop damage, deer management, large deer (food) and land owner rights over the years. The population of deer per square mile is hard for people to grasp because most people have a hard time understanding where they live and how they reproduce.
A lot of them would die, and some would move into cities and towns looking for food. Motorists would be colliding with deer and elk more often, and they would be around people where they could possibly attack. Hunting is good because without it the deer and elk populations would be much higher, and there would be more vehicle / wildlife wrecks. As it is, "7.4 million deer are anually harvested...[and] 1.8 killed by motorists" (Outdoor Life). And believe it or not, in a typical year, "Deer kill more people... than do all commerci... ... middle of paper ... ...ct. 2002.
This may lead to deer walking on roads and causing accidents. A study showed that it was estimated that 1.23 million deer-vehicle collisions occurred between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 (Insurance Journal). In that small time frame, those accidents cost more than 4 million dollars. During mating and migration season, those numbers rise. One could tell from experience that deer collisions are very dangerous not only for the driver, but for the deer as well.
Today, white-tailed deer have exceeded their carrying capacity; a recorded 15 million deer populate the United States. Overpopulation of this species and its interactions with the environment have created a variety of problems, including excessive deer-automobile collisions (DVCs). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (2004) statistics show that around 1.5 million United States vehicles collide with deer every year, causing vehicle damage costs of over one billion dollars and nearly 14,000 injuries. State Farm announced that there are 200 DVC-related deaths yearly, which is likely to rise with a 7.7 percent increase in the number of DVCs in just one year, from 2011 to 2012 (Luedke, 2012). DVCs are the greatest concern related to deer around the country, especially in particular deer-abundant states.
He spends most of his time visiting with meat processors and hunters because if it wasn’t for them, he would not be in business. On average, 65,000 pounds of deer meat is donated each deer season. Ritter’s goal is to see that amount go up to 100,000 pounds while he is president. When purchasing a license, there is an option to donate money directly to the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry program. When people purchased their license in 2012, the licenses brought in $35,000.
This exists when the number of deer exceeds the ability of the environment to support the deer (2). During the 1600s, when Jamestown’s first settlers arrived, there were between 24 and 31 million white-tailed deer in North America (4). As settlers pioneered farther west, the deer population steadily decreased until a dramatic drop in the 19th century. By the end of the century, less than half-a-million deer were left. In some parts of the United States, there were none.
In most places, though deer simply no longer occurred. When the deer was on the verge of extension in Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stepped in. They tried to save the deer in Kentucky and they succeeded. They regulated the hunting seasons and the amount of game allowed to kill. Today we have an abundance of deer in Kentucky, we have about 450,000 deer.
You can tell the deer is suffering and is in a lot of pain.. "One paper says that It can be in excess of 50 percent of the deer would suffer, that would mean nearly 100,000 deer". ( ) That's just like when someone get's shot in war and you know they aren't going to live, you give him medicine to ease the pain and stop the heart . In other words kill him. These are just animal shouldn't we do the same. It's just another reason why hunting should be right.
They are trained in how to properly butcher animals without causing them much pain, something hunters do often. Although hunting may seem like a fun hobby to some, it is a very unnecessary activity that needs to be put to an end. In addition to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to poor vulnerable animals, hunters wipe out the animals’ families and environment, as well as leave that animals’ young behind, scarred and starving to death. According to PETA, a study of deer hunting revealed that eleven percent of deer that were killed by hunters only died after being shot two or more times and that a number of injured deer suffered for more than fifteen minutes before they died. Bow hunting worsens this problem.