SmokeSignals Logo Large

        digitaledition3

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?

Sincerely,
Thomas H Dougherty
1895 Ridgeview Drive                                                                     

 

Newest Stories - News

Reinhardt Chamber Singers to perform in Italy

Reinhardt Chamber Singers to perform in Italy The Reinhardt University Chamber Singers are planning a trip...

Holy Family presents 12th annual Nine Lessons

Holy Family presents 12th annual Nine Lessons The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family presents the...

Dawsonville Incumbents Voted Out

Dawsonville incumbents voted out The Dawsonville City Council will have two new members come January 2018.

North Georgia Veterans commemorate Veterans Day

North Georgia Veterans commemorate Veterans Day The Veterans Day observance Saturday, Nov. 11 in The Big...

Sgt. Maj. Kerry Dyer of the University of North Georgia…

Sgt. Maj. Kerry Dyer of the University of North Georgia spoke at the NGV annual...

We did it: the journey of a lifetime

We did it: the journey of a lifetime The Susan G. Komen Three-Day walk, held October...

2018 POA budget adds marketing director, anticipates legal fees

2018 POA budget adds marketing director, anticipates legal fees The POA Board of Directors passed the...

Join the North Georgia Vets on Veterans Day

Join the North Georgia Vets on Veterans Day The North Georgia Veterans, assisted by the Big...

Don’t miss Jasper Farmers Market’s last 3 Saturdays in 2017

Don’t miss Jasper Farmers Market’s last 3 Saturdays in 2017 Pickens County folks have three more...

Lieutenant Governor Cagle says we must prepare for a fast-growing…

Lieutenant Governor Cagle says we must prepare for a fast-growing Georgia Georgia is going to gain...

Jasper native comes back to Bent Tree as GM

Jasper native comes back to Bent Tree as GM Jasper native Tom Fowler has been in...

Dawson Senior Center volunteers recognized

Dawson Senior Center volunteers recognized Dawson County Senior Services gave thanks to its volunteers during a...

Knowledge Series needs advisory board members

Knowledge Series needs advisory board members Big Canoe’s Knowledge Series has several advisory board positions to...

Council encouraged to consider city police force

Council encouraged to consider city police force The Dawsonville City Council heard a recommendation for a...

Forced landing at AMP

Forced landing at AMP A single engine plane made an emergency landing Monday, Oct. 30 at...

Advertisement

Advertisement

SmokeSignals Online
11293 Big Canoe
Big Canoe, GA 30143
PH: 770-893-1594

©2017 Big Canoe News