Deer Management Program Phase Two Begins

SDA will address deer overabundance on west side of Eagle Creek Park

INDIANAPOLIS- Today the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), working in close coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced the beginning of phase two of the Deer Management Program on the west side of Eagle Creek Park.

Activity will begin on January 12th and will take place during hours when the park is closed to the public. These activities will not interrupt normal activities or hours of operation. Eagle Creek Park, including its trail system, closes at dusk.

Phase one of the Deer Management Program conducted in 2014 focused on the east side of the park. Given the extensive damage caused by deer overabundance to the forest understory throughout the park, DPR, in partnership with the Indianapolis Police Department (IMPD), the Indiana State Police, Department of Natural Resources, and A&T Wildlife Management, determined it was necessary to continue this program on the west side of the park.

Safety of park patrons and nearby residents is the program’s top priority. Park Rangers and IMPD will secure a perimeter to ensure that activities are proceeding as planned. The equipment and techniques used by USDA Wildlife Services are all selected to allow for safe, humane and effective operation. USDA will have night vision equipment that will ensure accurate identification of all objects.

Deer will be processed off-site, and the meat will again be donated to the local shelters and food banks. The initial deer program yielded 4,800 pounds of venison, which was donated to local food pantries.

This is the beginning of a long-term plan at Eagle Creek Park. The USDA will provide analysis and further recommendations for long-term deer management plans at Eagle Creek Park later this year.

To learn more about the Deer Management Program, please visit, www.indy.gov/deermanagementprogram

JANUARY 17th MCANA MEETING – DIGITAL BILLBOARD PROPOSAL AND INDYGO ON THE AGENDA

AT THIS MEETING, YOU WILL HEAR CRITICAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PENDING CITY COUNTY PROPOSAL 250 TO ALLOW DIGITIAL BILLBOARDS IN MARION COUNTY . This proposal is moving quickly and a strong neighborhood presence is critical to the outcome.
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PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS MONTH’S GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF THE MARION COUNTY ALLANCE OF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCATIONS
WHEN: JANUARY 17, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: North United Methodist Church (northwest corner of Meridian and 38th Street)
SPEAKERS:
CHANGES TO INDYGO BUS ROUTES –
LANCE BOEHMER – INDYGO – Proposed Route Changes in conjunction with the opening of the Transit Center
SHOULD DIGITAL BILLBOARDS BE PERMITTED IN MARION COUNTY
TRENT HAHN – Bose Public Affairs Group – Representing the billboard industry and Proposal 250 to allow digital billboards in Marion County
DAVID HITTLE (NESCO) and MARJORIE KIENLE (HUNI) – Neighborhood Coalition to address Proposal 250 and whether to permit digital billboards in Marion County
(IT IS ANTICPATED THAT MCANA WILL TAKE A POSITION ON PROPOSAL 250 following the presentation and discussion.)