White-tailed deer cause an estimated 50,000 car crashes in Virginia each year, do millions of dollars in damage to farm crops, trees and gardens.
Under ideal conditions, the deer population can double every year. The state counts on hunters to help keep the number of deer in check, and officials are now looking at other ways to promote healthy living with deer.
There are an estimated 30 million white-tailed deer in this country – 100 times more than a century ago, and in states like Virginia, predators that used to control their populations are gone.
That leaves humans to manage herds of deer and the Commonwealth is trying to come up with a new plan to do that.
Native Americans and early settlers depended on deer to supply them with meat and clothing, so there was probably not much objection to hunting them, but in the 20th century, as many Americans moved to cities, another force shaped our perception of deer – Walt Disney.
Charlottesville’s Farmers Market will offer a surprising commodity this fall. Between the pumpkins and mums, buyers will find 500 trees - part of a push to get people planting in autumn.
Robin Hanes is a tree commissioner in the city of Charlottesville , so it’s no surprise to find her promoting planting of trees - but it seems odd, as the leaves are falling, to find her putting trees in the ground now. Most people do their planting in the spring, but Hanes says that’s not ideal .
One of the many signs that autumn is upon us is the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly.
This is the time of year when Monarch Butterflies make their improbable journey from as far north as Canada to the mountains of Mexico. In abundant years, it can look like an orange and black conga line in the sky, as the insects flutter by overhead.
This week a plaque will be unveiled making Lavery Hall Virginia Tech’s sixth LEED certified green building. The state of art dining facility inside, Turner Place has been lauded for it’s food, but now the new building is also being honored for its commitment to the environment.
Audio FileRobbie Harris reports from Blacksburg.Edit | Remove