Living with deer

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This fall, the Friends of North Park held a meeting on a Tuesday evening with the director of White Tail Management Associates of Greater Pittsburgh as the featured speaker. At this meeting, the White Tail presenter indicated how he and other members of his organization kill approximately 600 deer in our county parks yearly.

Many of his members also work for the county and thus have a clear conflict of interest in this program, in my view. As county employees, they should be barred from any such activities within the parks.

I also find it extremely reprehensible that our county parks are being used as the private hunting preserve for White Tail Management. If this is all we can think to do with our county parks system, it is time to reevaluate what parks management is doing.

Once again, our county managers are falling into the trap of believing that if we just kill enough of the deer they’ll go away and the parks will be deer-free. Is this what we want? The parks and the deer have coexisted together for a long time. I am quite sure that they will continue to evolve together without our attempts to manage nature.

Mt. Lebanon

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