The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

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  • Thinning the Herd

    Wells Reserve Contributor | December 1, 2015

    I took a hike on a brisk November morning and was surprised to see a man in camouflage preparing to shoulder his bow beside the Muskie Trail entrance. I learned he was a hunter participating in the reserve's annual deer harvest program.

    This program was initiated because of ecological problems caused by an overpopulation of deer. Because the reserve uplands are a designated state wildlife sanctuary, no hunting had been allowed for decades. The deer density in the 1990s was estimated at 100 per square mile, while a healthy "carrying capacity" is closer to 15/mi2. Locals report having seen the field along the Muskie Trail full of deer in early mornings and evenings.

    Two White-tailed Deer in snow. Photo by Frank Wolfe.