Expert Weighs In on Indiana’s Deer Dilemma

first_imgIndiana’s deer population is growing, and with it come concerns about overgrazing forests and increased risk of car-deer collisions on the roadways.(Image: Matt Miller, The Nature Conservancy.)Many Hoosiers consider deer to be majestic creatures in nature, but some conservationists are voicing concerns about the dangers of deer overpopulation. At the turn of the 20th century, there were actually no deer in Indiana, but by the 1980s, expansion efforts had been successful and deer sightings today are common.According to the Southern Indiana program director for the Nature Conservancy, Allen Pursell, the issue now is that feeding all those deer is affecting the ecosystem, and their browsing can be destructive.“They are a natural part of the ecosystem and they belong out in our forests, and it was a great thing to see them return,” he declared. “But like a lot of things, having too much is a bad thing, and we’re getting to the place where there are so many deer now that they exceed the carrying capacity of our forests.”Pursell said people have very strong feelings on the subject: they either want more game animals to hunt, or consider it cruel to kill deer. He added that, in many areas of the country, deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by overgrazing them.There is no easy answer, but Pursell said all sides in the deer population debate will have to compromise to find the best solution.He pointed out that the overpopulation is also affecting suburbia, where the interaction between deer and people becomes much closer and personal, and can affect public safety when the animals get onto the roads.“One estimate is that in Indiana there were about 30,000 of these deer-car accidents every year, and each one of those accidents will cost, to repair, somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000. And that’s big money.”With the loss of wolves and mountain lions in the region, the deer lack natural predators, which Pursell said leaves it up to humans to control the population. And while there are more humane options, he said, the hard reality is that hunting is the most effective.“Many people have looked for other solutions, birth control and other means of doing things, but either they’re not biologically effective or they’re not economically effective,” he said. “And so, hunting is really to be at this point in time the key to managing the deer population.”Indiana is among states that have changed policies to stabilize or reduce the number of deer, and enacted the first modern firearms season targeting female deer in the state’s history.last_img read more

Defender Alfred Nelson wants GHc 60,000 before penning three-year deal for Hearts

first_imgLiberty Professionals defender Alfred Nelson says he will only sign for Hearts of Oak for a transfer fee of GHc 60,000 (US$ 17,000).Hearts have targeted the Ghana youth international as replacement forNuru Sulley who has been sold to a Libyan side.Nelson is reported to have rejected a fee believed to be around GHc 50,000 for a three-year contract.But the defender is insisting on the GHc 60,000 for a 3-year contract.“Yes we have had negotiations with him but we were not able to agree on contractual terms because of the financial differences,” a Hearts board member told sportscrusader.com“That will however not put us off because he is our target and we will continue to talk to him and hope that at a point we will agree on the financials so he can sign the deal to join us at pre-season.”last_img read more

The Madrid Open incorporates the Electronic Review in 2020

first_img“We’re very proud to have the risk of incorporating the Electronic Review to the Mutua Madrid Open. The revolutionary character has at all times been a trademark of our event and avant-garde, so the use of this know-how reaffirms our spirit. As well as, there isn’t a doubt that it is going to be an necessary further assist for the gamers, ”mentioned event director Feliciano López. “I can solely present my pleasure at this nice advance. We would have liked to have it on clay, and we’re very blissful to have it in the Magic Field. I need to spotlight the dedication of Madrid to at all times be at the forefront of know-how. ”The use of Electronic Review on clay is meant to enhance the accuracy of arbitration and was launched for the first time on the ATP Tour in onerous monitor in Miami 2006. From then on it was integrated to different surfaces, saved in clay, the place the protocol of permitting gamers to ask the chair decide to overview the mark throughout the matches had been maintained. Till this 12 months 2020. The Mutua Madrid Open and tennis on clay once more take a brand new step in direction of the future. At all times hand in hand with the vanguard, each gamers and followers can take pleasure in a historic occasion in the 2020 version of the Magic Field, incorporating For the first time this season the Electronic Review, the digital overview know-how on the floor on clay.The Electronic Review shall be accessible on the three predominant tracks of the event: Manolo Santana Stadium, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario Stadium and Stadium 3, which even have a retractable roof. And they are going to be used in the particular person and double matches, in addition to in the earlier section in each the ATP males’s and the WTA ladies’s.The use of clay know-how, developed by FOXTENN, was formally accredited by the ATP final November 2019 and is on trial in some tournaments chosen by ATP and WTA. After an utility course of to use the Electronic Review, the Mutua Madrid Open shall be the solely ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Obligatory class event, which has the risk to host this innovation on the European clay court docket tour in spring.last_img read more

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City: Villa come from behind to topple sorry Foxes

first_img1 Aston Villa came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Villa Park, as Alan Hutton’s first league goal for the club condemned the Foxes to their tenth game without a win.The Foxes took the lead with Leonardo Ulloa’s instinctive close-range finish, but were pegged back before half time when Ciaran Clark responded for the hosts.Alan Hutton’s strike fifteen minutes from time proved to be enough for Villa to secure all three points, moving Paul Lambert’s side up to 11th position in the table.Meanwhile, problems continue to mount for Nigel Pearson’s side – who had Paul Konchesky sent off late on – as the Foxes end a turbulent week at the foot of the Premier League table, four points adrift of safety.The Villains dictated the tempo of the opening stages with Christian Benteke’s dipping volley coming close to breaking the deadlock, but the visitors responded immediately with their first attack of the game, aided by an inexplicable error from Brad Guzan.The American goalkeeper fumbled an innocuous shot from Riyad Mahrez, allowing Ulloa a simple chance from close-range and the striker made no mistake, poking in his sixth league goal of the season – his first for ten matches.However Villa’s positive start was soon rewarded with an equaliser, when Clark stooped low to head past Kasper Schmeichel on 17 minutes – the defender evaded his marker with a piercing run before converting Ashley Westwood’s perfectly-weighted free-kick.The Foxes were soon appealing for a spot-kick when Guzan’s untidy challenge on Jamie Vardy inside the area sent the former Fleetwood striker tumbling to the ground, after Esteban Cambiasso’s clipped pass dissected the Villa defence.Another direct run from Mahrez down the right caused confusion among the Villa defence, but his tame strike failed to trouble Guzan.Both sides traded chances after the break with Tom Cleverley first firing well over for the hosts, before Jeffrey Schlupp failed to capitalise on an inventive one-two between David Nugent and Vardy.Benteke almost prospered from some hazardous Leicester defending, but Schmeichel stayed on his feet to deny the Belgium international with a fine stop.And the Danish keeper then kept out Gabriel Agbonlahor’s low drive with a smart save, after the Villa captain’s penetrating drive into the area.A moment of brilliance from Nugent reignited the match after a scrappy period, as the former Preston man produced a stunning volley from range forcing a back-peddling Guzan to tip the ball over in dramatic style.But Villa were soon ahead with a sweeping attack from left to right as Benteke’s floated pass found Hutton in an advanced position down the right, and the full-back showed similar composure to that of his Belgian team-mate, calmly guiding the ball past Schmeichel.Benteke should have added Villa’s third moments later but was twice denied by stunning reaction saves from Schmeichel.The visitors’ task of clinching a late equaliser was dealt a damaging blow when Konchesky was sent off after an altercation with Alan Hutton.And Villa were almost out of site after a goalmouth scramble but Schmeichel came to the rescue again – cancelling out Jack Grealish’s instinctive effort with a superb diving save.Chris Wood’s first-time strike flashed agonisingly wide as Leicester’s final chance went begging, as the Foxes remain winless since their 5-3 win against Manchester United in September. Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton last_img read more