Deer overpopulation a serious problem
First, let me start out by explaining about aerial surveys. They are totally inaccurate. They miss 40 percent to 60 percent of the total deer count.
Deer densities are a combination of aerial, car-deer accidents, Lyme disease and undergrowth destruction. Ridgefield has the highest rate of accidents and Lyme disease in the state.
Also, if Greenwich lost 80 deer to sharp shooters, that tells me they have a serious deer problem. They took 80 deer from three locations and they still have plenty of deer.
I personally know Ridgefield has a serious deer problem. Let's do the numbers.
Any good deer biologist will tell you that eight to 12 deer per square mile is the best for healthy deer and undergrowth management. Ridgefield is 34 square miles; 34 times 12 equals 408.
There should be approximately 408 deer in Ridgefield. But the numbers don't add up.
According to DEP, 236 deer were taken during hunting season (total number of returned tags); 101 were picked up by Ridgefield's highway department and 58 by the state. (These numbers are three times higher according to the state on hit-and-run deer.)
That adds up to 395 deer. That leaves approximately 13 deer. Do you really believe Ridgefield has a population of 13 deer?
Also, Laura Simons and Gwen Thaxter are avid anti-hunting. I have read Ms. Thaxter's report. In my view, not one thing in it was accurate.
Also, Ms. Gorfinkle, yes, the deer herds double every two to three years. And, yes, I am a hunter and a member of the Connecticut Coalition of Sportsmen .