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WaPo page one oops:
´70 deer per square acre´

Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 3/30/2013 2:43:32 PM

There’s an astonishing error in the Washington Post’s front page story on the National Park Service’s program to shoot deer in Rock Creek Park and the wackos protesting it. In the fifth paragraph, right there on the front page, it reads, “With 70 deer per square acre, the park has about four times the density considered ideal.” Error one: an acre is a square measurement. It’s redundant and ignorant to say “square acre.” Error two: anyone who has any idea of how big an acre is would know that “70 deer per square acre” is pretty much impossible.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/30/2013 3:00:06 PM     (No. 9251571)

Most city lots are about 1/4 acre, so an acre would be four of them. Not nearly enough for 70 deer.

Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 3/30/2013 3:07:21 PM     (No. 9251577)

200 ft. X 200 ft. comprises an acre, right?




Reply 3 - Posted by: mossley, 3/30/2013 3:13:49 PM     (No. 9251582)

#2, no. It´s 43,560 sq. feet.

Reply 4 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 3/30/2013 3:16:16 PM     (No. 9251585)

#2 is very nearly correct. An acre is 43,560 SF, and the square root of that is about 208´ x 208´.

It´s laughable to even think that 70 deer would inhabit an area so small. Even 7 deer wouldn´t survive long in such a small area.

Reply 5 - Posted by: Grambo, 3/30/2013 3:17:00 PM     (No. 9251586)

All this "deer" and "acre" stuff is hard to grasp for condo-dwellers in DC.

Reply 6 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/30/2013 3:52:40 PM     (No. 9251602)

Barone is having a little fun at the WaPo´s expense.

Later in his brief article he notes that the Post´s story says farther on that there
are 70 deer per square mile in the park.

So some WaPo idiot just substituted "acre" for "mile" and came out with the
"square acre" nonsense.

The poor deer.

Reply 7 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/30/2013 3:53:39 PM     (No. 9251604)

Btw, this is what´s known as...
the ´deer in the headlines´ look at the WashPost.




Reply 8 - Posted by: Doctor P, 3/30/2013 4:04:30 PM     (No. 9251608)

1 square mile = 640 acres

Reply 9 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 3/30/2013 4:25:55 PM     (No. 9251630)

#2 and #3 are correct. They must have been Realtors ; only someone who´s had to take the test knows that useless piece of knowledge!

Reply 10 - Posted by: Grambo, 3/30/2013 4:39:56 PM     (No. 9251643)

Civil engineers and farmers too, #9, but it isn´t trivial to them,it´s bread and butter.

Reply 11 - Posted by: wordguy50, 3/30/2013 4:46:33 PM     (No. 9251646)

Thank you #2 and #3. Hey, #9, rarely should the words useless and knowledge appear in the same sentence. Unless your intent was to insult.

Reply 12 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/30/2013 5:04:03 PM     (No. 9251665)

What difference does it make? Don´t the readers understand it is the agenda that matters, not the facts! Agenda! That´ what´s important! Sheesh! sc/off




Reply 13 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 3/30/2013 5:05:09 PM     (No. 9251667)

Those dimwits put the yellow blind spider on the endangered species list and held up the widening of HWY 195 for 10 years.

For a time, Fort Hood command flirted with prohibiting soldiers from ... curves east of the small town just south of the Bell-Williamson county line.

When asked to name the two insects/salamanders the Federalists had put on the Endangered Species List they drew a blank and had to be told by the County Commissioner. Shame on these jerks who live off of our dollar.

Reply 14 - Posted by: leesum, 3/30/2013 5:18:14 PM     (No. 9251683)

44,800 deer per square mile according to the WaPo.

Reply 15 - Posted by: mathman, 3/30/2013 5:21:02 PM     (No. 9251689)

It is a good thing we haven´t gone metric.
Imagine the consternation at the WaPo if they had to report the number of deer per hectare!
By the way, knowledge of acre and hectare was part of my HS teaching when I taught HS math. Just part of general knowledge of weights and measures. My students also had to know rough equivalents (like an acre is about the area of play of a football field, including the end zones).
It is really too bad that DC cannot do as Iowa does. Iowa grants permits to bow-hunters to kill four deer each, provided that three of them go to food banks or homeless shelters!

Reply 16 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/30/2013 5:23:53 PM     (No. 9251693)

#9, there is nothing useless about that knowledge if you ever buy any acreage, need to negotiate for an easement,develop unimproved property into residential or commercial lots, have to meet minimum lot requirements for a build site. There are lots of places you should know the dimensions and square footage of an acre. Even the old land grants, at least here in Texas, were calculated in quarter-acre pieces.

Reply 17 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/30/2013 6:07:17 PM     (No. 9251735)

Lighten up folks. #9 is correct about these figures being ´useless´ trivia for about 85-90% of us. It´s like being in school and wondering why you are being forced to learn something that you are never going to use in you entire life.

We understand that some professions need to know this stuff. But most of us don´t. It is like expecting my husband to know all about cooking or quilting. It is just something that is useless filler for him. He appreciates the fact that I know about them.




Reply 18 - Posted by: balogreene, 3/30/2013 6:11:16 PM     (No. 9251738)

Not to defend the WaPo, but, listening to the radio yesterday (ABC), they interviewed a Park Service person who said 70 deer per square acre. I was astounded, figured they were standing on top of each other, but, the WaPo´s info came straight from the horse´s mouth.

Reply 19 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 3/30/2013 6:48:55 PM     (No. 9251772)

see...this is the reason we hicks who live in the sticks need AR-15´s with high capacity magazines. Keeping deer out of the fields with a tractor and hay baler is just not practical because they keep clogging up the baler.

Reply 20 - Posted by: raspberry, 3/30/2013 7:13:08 PM     (No. 9251791)

Sloppy reporting is standard with them. I want to puke when they get technical on the details about guns. They still don´t know the difference between a magazine and a clip. How are they going to learn about deer? There is no cure for stupid, is there?

Reply 21 - Posted by: southernboy, 3/30/2013 7:13:52 PM     (No. 9251792)

Square acres……magazine clips….All so technical! You know what we mean!
It’s the message, Ma-a-a-nnn!


Reply 22 - Posted by: ramona, 3/30/2013 7:48:42 PM     (No. 9251811)

# 6, did you mean "the poor dear" (bless his heart) - the reporter?!
Ramona (the Pest)



Reply 23 - Posted by: shamus, 3/30/2013 7:58:02 PM     (No. 9251818)

If you´ve really got 70 deer per acre, then a harvest is overdue.

Reply 24 - Posted by: binar, 3/30/2013 8:10:02 PM     (No. 9251832)

With all that deer packed in so tightly, why do they need "Sharpshooters"? A blind man can do the job

Reply 25 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 3/30/2013 8:17:05 PM     (No. 9251845)

Homemade venison ravioli. From leftover crockpotted venison roast. I made that one very long time ago. It was awesome.

Reply 26 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/30/2013 8:49:59 PM     (No. 9251888)

#9, add my voice to those who say that knowledge is never useless.

Knowing what an acre is comes in real handy, even if you´re not a farmer or a builder, whether you´re buying a house on a quarter-acre lot, or making vacation plans to visit that nice resort on 100 acres.

I seem to remember the sisters making me also learn about bushels and pecks!

Reply 27 - Posted by: lil dotty, 3/30/2013 9:44:15 PM     (No. 9251932)

Oh Dear! Looks as though Junior has been busy as a math instructor these past 4+ years. He is no better at math than he was as a constitutional law professor.

Reply 28 - Posted by: Islander, 3/31/2013 12:43:26 AM     (No. 9252021)

Ok, let´s have a natter-fest.

For starters, a Section is 1 mile square, 5280 feet long on each side. If it´s not a perfect square it´s not a mile square even though it´s a square mile. The mile square is the survey measure.

A section is also 640 acres in area.

5280 x 5280/640 = 43,260 square feet = 1 acre
which does not necessarily have to be square

Reply 29 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 3/31/2013 1:04:40 AM     (No. 9252034)

Er, WaPo, ya know, follow-the-money, or something.

Reply 30 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/31/2013 1:05:03 AM     (No. 9252036)

The WaPo prints so many lies that they can´t figure out what the truth is anymore.

Reply 31 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/31/2013 1:09:34 AM     (No. 9252039)

I forgot to say that my deed measures my land my chain links.

Reply 32 - Posted by: coldoc, 3/31/2013 1:09:43 AM     (No. 9252040)

The point seems to be the depth of ignorance of many reporters, and the lack of editorial oversight. Read any article to do with guns written by these metrosexual drones, and this becomes even more apparent.

Reply 33 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 3/31/2013 2:43:58 AM     (No. 9252064)

I have an acre lot. Yesterday, at dusk, there were 5 grown deer wandering around behind my house. 70 deer would look like a stock yard, for Pete´s sake.

Reply 34 - Posted by: LadyVet, 3/31/2013 6:46:33 AM     (No. 9252106)

LOL #19.

Reply 35 - Posted by: marthaville, 3/31/2013 8:03:58 AM     (No. 9252169)

#17 the fact that you are ignorant about land measurements does not mean you are not affected by such measures.

The average resident of a large metropolitan area may not understand about acres, or section, township, and range in legal descriptions, but you may be surprised as to the importance of such. Surely you learned these facts in school.

Reply 36 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/31/2013 8:48:08 AM     (No. 9252241)

See? Now you know why I need this 71 round banana clip.

Reply 37 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 3/31/2013 9:41:46 AM     (No. 9252331)

It´s certainly not useless knowledge to people who live in the country and own or buy property. May seem useless to urban dwellers who live by the square foot.

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