Sadly and reluctantly, I believe that deer in our parks and neighborhoods need to be culled to manage the size of the herd.
I am a wildlife advocate belonging to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the World Wildlife Fund in addition to numerous local and national humane organizations. However, as urban deer populations grow, the number of road kills will grow as well, costing the life of the deer, risking the life and property of the car occupants. Additionally, as the herd grows the amount of food available to support herd numbers diminishes.
In Scott Township, I have shrubs, trees and tender plants eaten by deer year-round. I am not complaining about my gardening losses because I love having the deer as part of my environment. But the fact that they are eating more and more of my garden each year tells me that if the herds go unchecked the result will be deer starvation. A starving deer is not a pretty sight and is a sad death for such a beautiful animal. I would much rather see a quick, clean kill with the deer meat then being donated to local charities feeding the poor. It is a noble use for this beautiful animal.
Humanity has created these difficult living arrangements, so I believe we sadly are required to manage them in the most humane way.
MELANIE J. BLASER