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DEER HUNTERS SERVE USEFUL PURPOSE

I always wonder what world the well-organized and highly articulate animal-rights people live in and where they get their information about deer and the damage, danger and destruction that they bring.

I also wonder where activist Marilyn Bensley got her information about some dark conspiracy between Clarence politicians and hunters. We who live with the problem on a daily basis are grateful that we have a councilman who is willing to risk their flak.

Having lived here for 42 years, I tire of having the deer folk tell me that the critters were here before we were. Baloney! Up until the infestation began, a deer sighting was a rare and welcome occurrence, kind of like seeing a fox now. That is because the deer were hunted then.

I also tire of the advice to drive more slowly along a well-policed road with a 35 mph limit, or to build fences to electrify them. Do these people have any idea how high a deer can jump?

I tire of hearing the screeching brakes and the thud out front, of calling the police to finish off a mangled deer, of dragging deer out front for the highway crews to haul away. I tire of seeing the battered and bloated carcasses along our roadside on a routine basis. Last winter, we had to put a starved young deer out front.

People have rights, too. Though a nonhunter, I accept the right of hunters to their sport. Hard experience has shown that they serve a useful purpose. I uphold the right of people to live where they please. I also support the right to grow flowers, vegetables and trees. Some kinds of vegetation have disappeared entirely from our woods and fields due to these 24-hour grazers.

So please, bring on the volunteer hunters, the sooner the better. Take the meat to area soup kitchens, rather than have it rot along the roadside. Make driving safer for those who come to visit us. If all else fails, maybe a referendum on the November ballot would help.

RUPERT J. EDERER
Clarence

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