On Tuesday (9/25/12) the Road Fund Committee sent an email update that included the following text dealing with “Increased deer population”.
You may have noted that your deer population has increased. Broomley Farm surrounded itself with a cage (aka deer fence), and, according to a neighbor, just prior to closing it, ran resident deer off the property. We are the lucky inheritors. Another neighbor found that her deer families emerged much healthier and robust, albeit fewer in number, after having the herd on her property thinned by master archers. Given last year’s occurrence of at least one Lyme disease case from deer ticks, we would like to thin the deer population as well. The archery club will send only those who can kill with a single shot, and will remove carcasses and donate the meat to those needing food.
We will engage archers to thin the deer population in Flordon, but will direct them to avoid going on any property whose owner wishes to opt out. So, if you prefer to not have archer on your property, please let Tommy Adkins know, either by email or phone (919-886-8134).
We will certainly advise when the archers are scheduled.
One resident replied with the following:
With regard to the proposal to cull the deer, I have a strong reaction. I find the issue controversial and feel there needs to be further consideration of the reasons given and alternative options to killing. The points I would like to raise are these:
1) It is inaccurate to suggest that killing deer reduces the risk of tick-borne Lyme disease for humans. Birds and small mammals are the primary vectors. (Please see http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2010/jan/13/birds-spread-lyme-disease/ and http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/06/12/1204536109.abstract).
2) “Culling” of deer is ineffective for population control. Killing off deer allows the remaining deer more food, resulting in a population rebound effect, setting off a cycle that is the opposite of the aim here. Food scarcity is naturally limiting.
3) Finally, it is not realistic to suggest that bow hunters kill their targets instantly with a single, clean shot. Bow-hunting is a violent and cruel way of killing animals. Deer may be wounded but still able to run, suffering a protracted death, or requiring multiple shots to finish them off. When I lived in backcountry Greenwich, I would see impaled deer too frequently in hunting season.
I love living in Flordon because I enjoy the natural setting and the wildlife. I don’t believe the proposed action is necessary, and before we make any decisions, I would like to see if there are others who share my deep reservations.
Our hope is that others in the neighborhood will chime in so we can have an open discussion. If you have an opinion please list it in the comments at the bottom of this post.