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Too Much Deer Pee Changing Northern Forests
Livescience.com via Yahoo! News ^ | June 6, 2013 | Becky Oskin

Posted on 06/06/2013 8:06:43 AM PDT by goodwithagun

The booming deer population in the northern United States is bad for the animal's beloved hemlocks, a new study finds. During Michigan winters, white-tailed deer converge on stands of young hemlocks for protection from winter chill and predators. The same deer return every year to their favorite clumps of the bushy evergreens, called deeryards. The high concentration of deer in a small space saturates the soils with nitrogen from pee, according to a study published online in the journal Ecology. While deer pee can be a valuable source of nitrogen, a rare and necessary nutrient for plants, some deeryards are now too rich for the hemlocks to grow.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: deer; hemlock; michigan; pee; pests; wildlife
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Deer pee? I think we all know whose fault this really is!
1 posted on 06/06/2013 8:06:43 AM PDT by goodwithagun
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To: goodwithagun

I got a puppy about four months ago. There’s been a lot of rain lately, and the spots where he always pees are lush, bright green, while the rest of my yard is a pale color.


2 posted on 06/06/2013 8:08:00 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: goodwithagun

Maybe they can put up some porta potties in the forest and pay some of the new graduates of the University of San Francisco to give classes to deer on using these porta potties.


3 posted on 06/06/2013 8:08:19 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: goodwithagun

Trust me, Michigan deer don’t need or care about the hemlocks.


4 posted on 06/06/2013 8:08:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: goodwithagun

BUSH’s FAULT! (Just got this straight from our CasaBlanca!)


5 posted on 06/06/2013 8:09:14 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: RightFighter

you should follow him around with a cup and save it, then use a garden sprayer to spread it around evenly.

And if you do, please take photos and post them here.

:)


6 posted on 06/06/2013 8:09:54 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mr. K

Photos of the yard afterwards, or photos of me following him around collecting his pee?


7 posted on 06/06/2013 8:11:36 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: goodwithagun
Hey....They put up deer crossing signs and that works.

Put up "Pee Here"...where you want them to go.

History teaches us that these signs work. :-)

8 posted on 06/06/2013 8:14:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: RightFighter

Nothing grows where Bambi goes.


9 posted on 06/06/2013 8:14:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: goodwithagun

At least we are not trying to teach them how to wash their genitals like we are in Africa.


10 posted on 06/06/2013 8:16:36 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: goodwithagun

I heard a guy tell a story once - wanted to grow beans, so he planted them and put in wooden stakes for them to grow up. Somehow he got a bunch of elephant manure so on a hunch he put some on his bean field.

Killed the beans but the stakes sprouted and evenually grew into 40 foot trees.


11 posted on 06/06/2013 8:17:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: RightFighter

both!


12 posted on 06/06/2013 8:19:12 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: goodwithagun
If there are too many deer, then there are too few hunters.

13 posted on 06/06/2013 8:20:45 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1

Or too many restrictions on harvesting the deer.


14 posted on 06/06/2013 8:22:49 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Resolute Conservative

It was only $800,000


15 posted on 06/06/2013 8:23:01 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: goodwithagun

I’m tired of the ticks. The pee I don’t give a __ about


16 posted on 06/06/2013 8:23:05 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: goodwithagun

Out here on the left coast, deer pee seems to kill anything that is green or tries to grow.

A couple of years ago, we finally got permission to put a deer fence around our back yard to keep them from eating our roses, tomatoes, and other plants.

The first year our yard guy and I had to spray to weed killer on the ground around the outside perimeter of our deer fence.

The deer hang around that area coveting our plants protected by our fence, they can’t get to. So they pee and defecate several feet outside of the fence and around it.

Nothing is growing there. So any fire hazard due to plant growth outside the fence has been eliminated.


17 posted on 06/06/2013 8:25:08 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ('How empty and dead' were they to let Chris Stevens, one of them , die for 'Obama-Clinton fiction?')
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To: goodwithagun

The trees die. The earth heats. The globe warms. The environment collapses. Everybody dies.

When I was a kid and my room was in the basement, I’d step outside by the back door in the dark and take a leak before going to bed. The grass was dead and yellow in this spot. So it is true. Government intervention is needed to stop outdoor peeing and the concomitant environmental catastrophe.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 8:26:07 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: goodwithagun
It's not deer pee killing Hemlocks, it's the Woolly Aphid:


19 posted on 06/06/2013 8:29:43 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: goodwithagun
Nature does what nature does.

And, apparently, it's up to us to stop it.

20 posted on 06/06/2013 8:29:48 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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