Good News, Deer Friends!
Clifton’s partnership with the Cincinnati Parks to humanely reduce overabundant deer in three Clifton parks just acquired another major partner. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has agreed to contribute $20,000 to the Clifton deer project, and they will be featuring the program in their 60th anniversary national campaign. This grant brings us to over 75% of our fundraising goal, but we still need your help raising the last 25%.
For those who objected to the Parks’ plans to bow-hunt in Mt. Storm, Rawson Woods and Edgewood Preserve, those concerned about the ecological and social problems caused by too many white tailed deer, and those just weary of the debate, HSUS’s financial support is welcome news.
Under a research permit issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the three to five year study will begin this November when veterinarians and a capture team managed by wildlife biologist consultant, White Buffalo, Inc., will spend a week in Cincinnati anesthetizing, sterilizing and tagging the does in the three parks. If the program works as it has in other jurisdictions we should see deer populations shrink though attrition at the rate of 10% to 20% per year, rather than increasing by 30% as they did in these three parks last year.
CliftonDeer.org again thanks CTM and the Cincinnati Park Board for engaging in the collaboration that made this innovative program possible, as well as all the Clifton residents who have made generous donations to date.
Please consider a tax deductible donation to launch the program in November. Just follow the easy steps on our website at http://cliftondeer.org/donations/.
Written by the CliftonDeer.org, an Ohio nonprofit corporation qualified as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.