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Offline JDHasty

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http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/newsroom/newsreleases/2017/September/08-ICF-deer.aspx

I don't hunt Island Center Forest much because I have private access on multiple islands in the south sound, but I do hunt it and it is arguably the best public access within short distance of Tacoma/Seattle for blacktail hunting.  We have taken deer out of that park and it was recently selectively cut and the habitat improvement is remarkable. 

If you can make this meeting, you better make it a point to get there.  Private access on any of the islands is slim to non-existent these days and if you don't already have access that you have had for decades and multiple good references - slim is probably not even there for you. 

I was on that property scouting a week ago and found large alders that were rubbed and little bucks don't rub big alders.  I have access on adjoining properties and it probably would serve my selfish interests not to have the Island Center Forest open for hunting, but I would not like to see more people shut out of having any public land to hunt.

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It sounds like the county is recommending that they extend the hunting for another five years.  I'm pretty sure that if they received enough negative comments from the anti-hunting community, they might reconsider.   Even though I've never hunted there, I still consider it every year.  I'd hate to see that opportunity disappear.  Some of you might want to consider sending them an email.

I sent in the following email to the POC ( KCParks.SEPA@kingcounty.gov ) listed at this link, page two:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zgrah5dices7lf0/ICF_deer_hunt_SEPA_DNS_notice_090817.pdf?dl=0

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Sir,
  I am writing in order to voice my opinion, being that I most strongly support King County's recommendation to extend the deer hunting program in Island Center Forest for another five years.  This is a very important program that provides a wonderful recreational opportunity for regional hunters, yields an additional cash flow into island businesses, and also plays an important role in limiting the growth of the deer herd on Vashon Island. 

Please voice my opinion during any future discussions regarding whether this program should be extended again.

Sincerely,
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Or some wolves :dunno:
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Or some wolves :dunno:

It's rumored that coyotes were already released on the island to control the deer population.  The locals weren't impressed as cats, dogs, and chickens who had never experienced depredation turned out to be easy targets.

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I think that the real solution here is obvious.
In order to control the deer herd and the nuisance coyote problem they are going to have to introduce grizzly bear onto the island.
Relocate two dozen or so from kodiak Alaska.
That should take care of the problems quickly.
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Or some wolves :dunno:

It's rumored that coyotes were already released on the island to control the deer population.  The locals weren't impressed as cats, dogs, and chickens who had never experienced depredation turned out to be easy targets.

There have been missing cat and missing foo foo dog signs up all over Vashon for a couple years now, IDK if the coyotes were released or not, they could have swam over, but they are definitely out there in battalion strength now. 

 

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