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Lyme Disease Abatement - A Lame Excuse To Hunt
In another blatant example of "public" or government agencies putting out
misleading information, the Connecticut EPA, together with the Fairfield
County Municipal Deer Management Alliance and the Connecticut Coalition to
Eradicate Lyme Disease, have tried to foist a fiction about Lyme disease on
an unwary public.
State Senator David Cappiello stated that killing deer will "curb Lyme
disease." The public should understand that he is misinformed by the above
These organizations are "extremists" pretending that killing deer will
eliminate Lyme disease. They ignore recent scientific studies demonstrating
that there is no relationship between an increase in Lyme disease and an
overpopulation of deer. In fact, it's just the opposite.
The Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics concluded that
keeping deer out of areas leads to an increase in tick population. And the
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies found that forest fragmentation
decreased mammalian biodiversity and resulted in areas of very high mouse
density (the carriers of the Lyme bacteria).
Poor land-use practices, not deer overpopulation, results in a greater
human risk of exposure to Lyme disease infected ticks. Deer-exclusion
fencing, decimation of suburban woodlands, and failure to use bait boxes for
mice are responsible for the growth of Lyme disease, not an overabundance
We thank Mike Gorfinkle of Redding for this information. Mike said, "I
urge Mr. Cappiello to heed scientific facts, not the self-interests of
groups looking to increase hunting opportunities. State legislators should
be advocating and enacting enlightened Lyme disease abatement solutions
based on real science, and not supporting the unsophisticated and
ineffective practice of killing deer to combat Lyme disease."
More info at: http ://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/08/060830214714.htm.
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