Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Tidings; and a Discussion of Reindeer – AKA Caribou – of the Non-Flying and Flying Variety

(image credit: IStock/Dmitry Chulov)

ohDEER is the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Back in 2007, when ohDEER was founded, we were responding to a growing concern about the unhealthy consequences on the environment of the toxins and harsh chemicals used in some pest control efforts.

ohDEER has mentioned repeatedly in this space that we hold little affection for mosquitoes and ticks, which can transfer disease to humans, pets, and livestock. 

Okay, mosquitoes are pollinators, thus fertilizing and helping the growth of plants, many we enjoy.  And both mosquitoes and ticks are a food source for animals, many of which we are happy to share the areas in which we live and work.  But, really, mosquitoes and ticks have a whole lot of downside, and not much upside.

Deer are a different story.  Deer are beautiful and elegant and inspiring.  They have, through the centuries, provided humans with a healthy source of nutritious protein.

Yet deer are also hosts for disease-carrying ticks, and deer also like to chomp on and make meals of flowers and branches and shrubs.  That is why people call in ohDEER to control and keep deer away from the places in their lives from which they want deer kept away.

As we have mentioned in this space in the past, the only deer which ohDEER solutions and applications will not prevent from visiting where you live, or where you work, are the special flying reindeer that Santa Claus employs every Christmas Eve and Christmas morning to transport him on his global trip to deliver toys and presents to good little girls and boys.

Santa’s reindeer just walk … er, fly … right through the protective solutions we apply.

No effect do those solutions have on the magical reindeer – on Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blixen …and, yes, Rudolph, who, when the weather is particularly bad, flies point so that his remarkable nose which casts a reddish floodlight will illuminate the path.

Please click here to be transported to a post about Santa’s reindeer we put up during the 2016 holiday season, and here to be taken to a flying reindeer post we put a couple days before Christmas last year. 

And to be clear, reindeer – those that don’t fly – are deterred by, and are made unpleasant, by ohDEER products and services.

The thing is, however, that the areas where reindeer – also called caribou – live are those that, for the most part, are fairly remote; they are in regions where winters and the cold stretches of the calendar are long (please see graphic, below, in which reindeer habit regions are colored in green and red).  Unlike the whitetail deer that ohDEER is up against, caribou are not as inclined to hang out and live in close proximity to people – although some certainly do.

(Image credit: Tom Bjornstad)

Please click here to be taken to a National Geographic article on caribou. 

There aren’t a lot of caribou in ohDEER country – that would be the area we service that takes in southeastern New England, and the eastern part of Long Island, NY, and central New Jersey. 

Some bad news and good news on reindeer populations.

Now, you see, reindeer populations, globally, have been in decline as of late.

Caribou are an endangered species.

Reindeer used to be found in the lower 48 United States, but the last remaining herd in this section of the country, which had been roaming the wooded areas of Idaho and Washington, will be moved into Canada as part of a project run under the auspices of Canadian wildlife officials.  

Clicking here transports you to a story (written by Eli Francovich) about the herd relocation that was published on November 5 in the Bellingham Herald, a daily newspaper in Bellingham, WA. 

Yet there is a major reindeer population bright spot we are happy to report.

And that bright spot is in the United States – in Alaska.

Reindeer populations are rebounding big-time in that state. 

The resurgence is described in a Weather Channel story, “Alaska’s Caribou Population Has Dramatic Rebound,” published February 21 of this year.  The author of the article is Ada Carr.

Very good news.   

And what is going on with the flying caribou population?  

Santa Claus”s Flying Reindeer (image credit:  Mocomi)

Well, that population has been a constant for a couple centuries.

As long as Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blixen … and Rudolph … are fed, have access to fresh water, regularly exercise, and receive sufficient rest … they are indestructible. 

Those flying reindeer will always be with us.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!