Frank Barick: Deer survived epidemic

August 30, 2013 

Deer survived epidemic

In response to John Wooding’s Aug. 16 piece “Doing our deer duty”: My first assignment, when I started working for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in 1941 was to restore the statewide deer herd.

This worked out too well because we now have too many deer. As we have seen the commission has not been able to reduce the deer herd by lengthening the season or increasing the bag limit or allowing the killing of antlerless deer. We have reached a “tipping point.”

The only thing that will correct the situation is a catastrophe like the outbreak of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia on the Pisgah Game Preserve in the mid-1920s. At that time dead deer were found along all the rivers and streams, and it was this die-off that I was called upon to cure.

Frank Barick

Chief, Division of Wildlife Management, 1941-73

Raleigh

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