deer http://wfpl.org en Most Indiana State Parks to Close for Controlled Deer Hunting. (It's This or Adding Wolves.) http://wfpl.org/post/most-indiana-state-parks-close-controlled-deer-hunting-its-or-adding-wolves <p>An overabundance of deer in Indiana has prompted state wildlife officials to shut down select state parks for controlled hunting.</p><p>Twenty-one of Indiana’s 24 state parks will be involved in the annual hunts on Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3.</p><p>The state administered hunts began in 1993 to reduce the deers' over-browsing of plant-life and create a healthier ecosystem, official said.</p><p>“The habitat was ultimately suffering,” said Mike Mycroft, chief of state parks and reserves for Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 7461 at http://wfpl.org Most Indiana State Parks to Close for Controlled Deer Hunting. (It's This or Adding Wolves.) More Deer Leads to Greater Highway Safety Concerns in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/more-deer-leads-greater-highway-safety-concerns-kentucky <p>Since the end of World War II, Kentucky&rsquo;s deer herd population has increased 900 percent. Now, they&rsquo;re a common and costly hazard along the state&#39;s highways.</p><p>This is the time of year with the biggest risk of collisions.</p><p>It&rsquo;s mating season for deer. Plus, as farm fields are cleared for harvest, the animals also lose their hiding places.</p><p>Les Dixon, of the state transportation office in Manchester, advises motorists not to swerve to avoid deer because it can often result in a more serious collision with oncoming traffic.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 7223 at http://wfpl.org More Deer Leads to Greater Highway Safety Concerns in Kentucky