Sharpshooters could thin area’s growing deer herd
I was encouraged to see the front-page article, “Growing deer population taking a toll on forests,” in the May 26 News. In the past several years I’ve lost several thousands of dollars in arborvitae, holly bushes and others that have taken years to grow and nurture. My neighbors have suffered even greater losses without any recourse.
Several months ago, there was a PBS program about Zion National Park experiencing a loss of flora and fauna that was attributed to the abundant deer population. The cougar and wolf population had been lessened by hunters. These animals were the natural predators and held the deer at bay. In North Creek, Idaho, lizards, frogs and butterflies continue to maintain their existence mainly due to the abundance of greenery allowed to grow without the ravages of an ever-growing deer herd. The reason was because cougars and wolves were able to roam the area, keeping the deer contained.
Now, I am not suggesting Western New York import cougars and wolves. In our area, the only threat to Bambi is highway traffic. In Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., professional sharpshooters have been hired to cull the herd. This may be our only hope.
Anthony F. Frandina