Selected Articles from our
The C.A.S.H. Courier
ARTICLE from the Winter 2007 Issue
What is White Buffalo and Who is Tony DeNicola?
Just take a look at their newsletter and
see who their partners are:
“WBI’s 2004-2005 WINTER TOUR A HUGE SUCCESS
Early in November 2004 we were not sure what we were going to do all
winter with little work available. By late-November we weren’t sure how
WBI was going to pull off all the work that materialized. Eight projects
in 4 months. But true to our nature we hustled, we worked extra hard and
extra long, and in the end we completed all eight!
The season started
off in Minnesota, where we returned to Eden Prairie for another year of
white-tailed deer population maintenance. One hundred-fifteen deer were
removed and delivered to Big Steer Meats, St. Paul, MN for food bank
January brought us to New Jersey where we worked in Princeton
again (124 deer culled) and initiated a new research project at Duke
Farms in Hillsborough.
We then ventured in to new territory and
initiated a deer reduction program in Roanoke, Virginia. This was a
collaborative effort with Chad Fox, USDA-Wildlife Services. We spent a
week in Roanoke concentrating on tree-stand efforts and some driving and
shooting and killed 119 deer. The USDA team worked the remaining part of
January and March and removed 107 deer. All were processed for donation.
Headed across I-80 once again WBI wound up in Iowa City for the first
half of February; yet another population reduction/maintenance program,
yielding 154 deer for donation.
We then returned to the home of Lake
Effect Snow and spent 6 weeks in the Cleveland area, where we juggled
between capturing does that had been previously treated with SpayVac in
the Ohio Erie Canal Reservation for blood samples, and implementing the
first year of an aggressive deer management program for the City of
Solon. We recaptured 25 does and took blood samples for titer and
pregnancy analysis. Six hundred and two deer were harvested throughout
the City of Solon, which equates to 28,000+ pounds of venison donated.
Somewhere in the middle of that we also completed another first. Greenwich, Connecticut stepped up in response to recently passed
legislation and initiated their first pilot deer management program. WBI
was contracted to work on 3 town owned parcels and removed 80 deer.
Where is Dr. DeNicola Now?
Best as we can make out, those are feral pigs dangling from the
ProHunt, LTD, a New Zealand company that specializes in non-native
species eradication programs was awarded a $3.9 million contract from
The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service to remove the feral
pigs that reside on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.
MacDonald, President of ProHunt and Tony had first worked together in
the Galapagos developing an eradication program. Now Tony and Norm have
reunited on Santa Cruz. Tony is assisting in the pig removal process for
the next two months. Techniques from ground hunting with dogs,
trapping and euthanasia, to aerial shooting are being used.
To date 1205 pigs have been culled on this 96 square mile island. It is
projected that the eradication will take approximately 18-20 months.