“To the best of our knowledge, the bear family remains alive and well and has not been trapped. Since they have not returned to the Swim Club area, DNR is picking up their two traps from the property today.” - Jill Philmon, General Manager Big Canoe, from July 18 email blast to BC
“Please Note: As you may know, the bears in Bent Tree are busy migrating around the property. Bent Tree Public Safety asks that you do not leave trash, pet food, bird seed or any other edible material outside, in your vehicle, garage, porch or other accessible areas. This would include the common trash pick up areas such as the mail center, golf course and pavilion. Lastly, remember to keep all exterior doors locked.” – Tom Fowler, General Manager Bent Tree, from July 20 email blast to BT
The subject of trapping/euthanizing “nuisance” black bears has been in the news this week. Click here for a post from five years ago that addresses this same subject. From that post you can link to even earlier posts on the subject. It is a sad situation that won’t get better unless people quit feeding the wildlife (whether intentionally or unintentionally). The photo below is from 2011 and shows a bear trap in Bent Tree, set by the DNR to capture a nuisance bear.
A previous post was about the dissolution of the Ad Hoc Financial Advisory Committee. A new ad hoc committee has been established. This one is called the Assessment Analysis Committee. The mission, according to the new board president, is to advise the Bent Tree Board of Directors on the “…feasibility of seeking a CC&R amendment to alter lot assessments in Bent Tree. And, if an amendment is viable, what solution(s) does the committee recommend, and what would be an appropriate timeline.”
A Bent Tree Bullet was sent out a few days ago with a link to the committee’s initial report. The report can be found on Bent Tree’s official website (property owner login required).
“…our results suggest that the benefit of spotlight survey data for monitoring deer populations is limited and likely represents a waste of resources with no appreciable management information gained.” – Collier, Bret A., Stephen S. Ditchkoff, Charles R. Ruth, Jr., and Joshua B. Raglin, “Spotlight Surveys for White-Tailed Deer: Monitoring Panacea or Exercise in Futility?”, The Journal of Wildlife Management 77(1):165-171;2013
The article referenced above was not written about the Jekyll Island deer situation, but is certainly pertinent. The article was written based on five years of collected data of thermal-image and spotlight survey data, to determine the reliability of such surveys. Following are the credentials of the authors:
Bret A. Collier, Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University
Stephen S. Ditchkoff, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
Charles R. Ruth, Jr. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Joshua B. Raglin, Norfolk Southern Railway, Brosnan Forest
Firearms hunting season (for both whitetail deer and black bear) starts today in Georgia. Primitive weapons season started last week. Quoting from the Georgia deer hunting regulations: Archery hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of hunter orange during primitive weapons and firearms deer seasons except in Archery-Only Counties. As of last week, any bowhunters in Bent Tree should be abiding by the hunter orange requirement.
This post isn’t about Bent Tree, but does say something about my interest in wildlife (one of the reasons I wound up here). In the early 1970’s an injured owl turned up in our yard. I took care of it for a couple of weeks, and it was able to fly away. I recently came across photos from my one and only wildlife rehabilitation adventure (shown below). Today, a quick internet search shows that caring for an injured raptor, without proper permits, is illegal.
Here is a current quote from the Georgia DNR website: “INJURED RAPTORS – Should you encounter an injured or dead raptor, it is important to know that both federal and state laws render it illegal to harm or possess these birds. The best solution is to contact the Wildlife Resources Division or a certified wildlife rehabilitation center. These agencies have the proper credentials, such as licensing, and the experience to handle, transport and assist these birds.”
Oops. Hopefully, after 40+ years, any statute of limitations has run its course. According to several internet sources, an injured wild bird should never be put in a wire cage. Forty years ago, there was no World Wide Web. Luckily, somehow, it all worked out for the owl.