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Letter to the editor: Deer populations need to be controlled by harvesting methods

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:01 am

Hello, Bloomington City Council members: After reading the article on April 4, “Bloomington talks deer hunt proposal” by The Associated Press, I would like to address the issue of overpopulations of deer in city and urban areas.

The first thing to consider is that deer need to be controlled if we want a healthy and continuously existing herd and ecosystem.

They aren’t any different thana yard or corn field they have to be groomed to produce a yield or beautiful yard for us to enjoy.

The means of controlling the deer population is best done by the DNR in setting hunting regulations.

If an area such as a city is overpopulated by deer then the area needs to be opened to hunters to remove the necessary number of deer to promote a healthy balance of nature’s ecosystems.

The Humane Society has offered several cockamamie ideas over the years to control the deer, and to no avail.

Have any of them proved as efficient and effective as how the DNR has handled the problem by allowing hunters to control the population through harvesting the deer?

This is a proven method of a healthy way to solve the problem instead of letting the deer overpopulate, overgraze, become sickly and spread diseases to other animals.

I believe Virginia stopped deer hunting for several years back in the 1980s at the urging of the Humane Society and others. The deer population surged to astronomical numbers, and overgrazing and diseases was rampant. At the end of the second year the citizens were begging the DNR to allow hunting again as the only effective way to control deer populations.

If I remember correctly the articles were in Bowhunter Magazine and written by wildlife biologists for the state of Virginia.

The city doesn’t need to bring in sharpshooters at huge expenses; just have the DNR allow hunters to come in and control the population numbers in a way that will bring money into the city instead of spending it out.

Michael G. Radke

Columbia City