Block Island Deer Population to be Culled

Block Island’s large deer population is stressing the island ecosystem.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has filed emergency regulations establishing a non-recreational program to reduce the overpopulation of Virginia white-tailed deer that currently presents an imminent risk to the health, safety and welfare of Block Island’s natural resources.

DEM said it has determined that implementation of a non-recreational deer reduction program is required in order to protect the fragile habitats and natural communities found on Block Island.

The density of white-tailed deer in the 9.75-square-mile town of New Shoreham is estimated at 80-100 deer per square mile. This estimated population range was established by direct counts from an aerial sampling survey, and is about eight to 10 times the desirable level for cultural tolerance and ecological health on Block Island, according to DEM.

The town and its residents have raised concerns about crop and landscape damage caused by the excess deer population and impacts on the Island’s ecosystem.  Traditional management methods have been unsuccessful in reducing the Island’s deer population, according to DEM.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

One response to “Block Island Deer Population to be Culled”

  1. Buck Urban Deer says :

    Killing deer to try to reduce the animal population will not work in the long run. It is immoral and inhumane. When will people learn to coexist with deeer in peace?

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