Thursday, 9 September 2010

Hamilton Deer Committee: September Update

After a brief summer break, Liz and I are back in Hamilton for deer committee meetings.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in letters to the Mayor in support of the deer at Iroquoia Heights! For those who would like to send in letters, a sign-on letter is available in lieu of a hand-written letter.

Last night the Committee discussed the ecological monitoring initiatives, jointly presented by Shari Faulkenham, an ecologist with the Hamilton Conservation Authority, and Lisa Jennings, Assistant Ecologist. Following Shari and Lisa was Art Timmerman, Management Biologist from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, who presented data on deer-car collisions and deer carcass removal. All presenters cautioned that one could not draw any conclusions from the data and these initial studies.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 6th at 7pm in the Murray Ferguson Room (Ancaster Municipal Building), with possible presenters including Hamilton Police Services, to speak about by-laws, and Stacey Baker, Senior Program Consultant for Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-borne Diseases, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, to speak about Lyme Disease.

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