POA culling of the deer
To the Editor:
Deer Culling—it sounds nice but the reality is harsh and cruel. Culling is defined as the process of segregating organisms from a group according to desired or undesired characteristics. In animals, culling is the process of removing or segregating animals from stock based on specific criteria. The POA random deer slaughter (call it what it is) is not removing a specific trait but rather, the random removal of what some see as pest who eat their plants etc. Amazingly, when it came to swimming in lakes, people argued against it because the true meaning of Big Canoe is the nature, peace and tranquility.
The Conservationist claimed swimming violated their naturist vision of Big Canoe. These same people seem ok with the random slaughter and destruction of deer (i.e. nature). Call it “culling” and donate the meat and all is good.
Big Canoe should be known for its nature, beauty and wildlife and how we assimilate into nature, not how we control/kill nature. Funny thing, nature usually takes care of itself and it goes afoul when man interferes. Past actions of humans interfering in nature have led disastrous result and imbalance of nature. The removal of coyotes and wolf in national parks led to more problems and now the reintroduction of the animals we once killed off.
While I am not an expert on the topic, there are other ways to control over population of deer used in other communities such as immunocontraception, using the animal’s own immune system to prevent it from fertilizing offspring. In this practice, deer would be tranquilized, tagged and injected with the vaccine once every two years. Over time, the population is controlled in a more humane way. If we, a “masters of our domain” feel compelled to control nature, should we at least not seek a less cruel way to do so?
Thomas H Dougherty
1895 Ridgeview Drive