Why does a community call WBI?
Abundance of vehicle collisions, Lyme disease, landscape or garden damage, and ecological impacts (i.e., severe browse line, no regeneration -see deer impacts to forests) are the four most common conflicts that motivate a community to inquire about our services.
How does WBI maintain objectivity when communities are in the decision making phase?
We simply review all available deer management options and then determine what is involved logistically, legally, socially, the costs, time frame and compatibility with human activity within the area. This information is then provided to the inquiring party so that they can make a more informed decision.
How does WBI operate in areas of high human activity?
It is first necessary to have a public meeting so private landowners can understand what is involved in a remote euthanasia program. Once deer distribution is assessed, access to private properties is obtained and then safe shooting areas are selected. A baiting program is established to pattern the deer and bring them to these areas. Shooting lanes are then cleared to ensure that there are no obstructions in the trajectory of the bullet. Patterns of human activity (i.e. dog walking, school bus routes, joggers) are recorded to determine the timing of removal at set locations which results in maximal safety and discretion. For each site, we select one of eleven specialized weapon systems each designed for select site characteristics. This decision is dependent on maximal shooting range, acceptable noise, proximity to homes and deer abundance. Deer are euthanized with a single shot to the head to ensure a humane kill and that deer do not exit the authorized property. For more detail see WBI's Sharpshooting Protocol.
Can WBI implement a control program after an area has been hunted?
It is difficult to professionally manage a deer population after they have been pursued by recreational hunters. Prior to any management action, suburban deer are typically very approachable. Deer that do not readily exhibit alarmed behavior can be effectively and efficiently manipulated for the purposes of either capture, anti-fertility agent administration, or remote euthanasia. When deer are hunted they become weary of the threat that humans can pose, and any subsequent efforts to manage deer using similar techniques (e.g., use of a tree stand at a baited location) are often compromised. The only way deer can be managed cost effectively following recreational hunting is through the use of methods that differ substantially from that of hunting. For example, approaching deer with a vehicle usually remains a viable option.