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Point Pelee To Close For Deer Population Reduction

Tuesday January 5th, 2016, 1:14pm

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Point Pelee National Park will be closed to visitors starting on January 7th to January 19th, 2016.

Parks Canada and Caldwell First Nation will be conducting a deer population reduction in the park for a second year as part of their multiyear plan to restore ecosystems at Point Pelee National Park.

Park officials say that hyperabundant deer are a serious threat to forest and savannah ecosystems at Point Pelee National Park. Through over-browsing, the deer in the park are threatening the health of the Carolinian Forest which is home to many Species at Risk such as Dwarf Hackberry and Red Mulberry trees. Heavy browsing by deer is also jeopardizing park efforts to restore the Lake Erie Sandspit Savannah, a globally rare ecosystem that supports 25% of the Species at Risk in the park.

They say that based on over 30 years of research and monitoring, a healthy balanced ecosystem at Point Pelee National Park would ideally support 24 to 32 deer. Estimates place the current deer population at well over 100, and action is needed because the forest and savannah ecosystems are severely impacted by these high numbers.

The deer population reduction is only one of a number of on-going projects, such as planting native Carolinian species and removing invasive plant species, to minimize threats to these fragile ecosystems.

Visitors can contact Point Pelee National Park for more information at [email protected] or 519-322-2365.

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