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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 20, 2017

City bow hunting not good solution

By Irene Archer | Nov 08, 2012

To the editor:

People need to come forward if they are opposed to the suggested solution of allowing deer bow hunting within city limits. This proposal is unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary and unfair. Compared to other forms of recreation, hunting injuries are far more likely to be fatalities. Approximately 100 people die in hunting accidents in the United States every year, and unlike other forms of recreation, hunting endangers the entire community, and not just the willing participants. If this is passed, it is only a matter of time before someone’s dog is shot by accident or worse yet a human. Please contact your local city council member and let them know you are opposed to this ordinance.

Hunting is ineffective for solving human/deer conflicts for many reasons. Studies show that car/deer collisions increase during hunting season because hunters frighten the deer out of the woods and onto roads.

Contrary to popular belief, hunting does not address Lyme disease http://animalrights.about.com/od/wildlife/f/Does-Hunting-Reduce-Lyme-Disease.htm because the ticks are usually spread to humans by mice, not deer. And as long as suburban landscaping includes deer-preferred plants such as tulips and rhododendrons, that landscaping will attract hungry deer, no matter how many deer there are.

Hunting does not reduce the deer population because removing some individuals from the population results in more food per deer, which leads to the births of more twins and triplets. This also means that hunting is unnecessary because the deer will self-regulate and give birth to fewer fawns when food is scarce. If the deer population needs to be further reduced, immunocontraception can be used.

Here are some things people could consider doing if deer are getting into their gardens and a local company Soil Tech sells natural deer repellent products:

1. Reducing deer access to vegetation in residential developments will force deer to be more reliant on wild vegetation. When deer must rely on available wild lands for their only food source, a corresponding drop in deer population should take place.

2. Prevent deer from eating your precious yard plants and trees by installing fencing.

3. Individual trees can be protected with mesh and netting.

4. Plant native plants tolerant of deer browsing.

5. Plant plants that repel deer through smell and taste.

6. Use flashing lights or loud noises to startle deer away.


— Irene Archer, Fairfield

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