The C.A.S.H. Courier Newsletter
Fall-Winter 2013 Issue
Urban Deer Kills: Follow the Money
Op-ed by Lane Ferrante as it appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Follow the urban deer kill straight to the Ohio Division of Wildlife
(ODOW). The ODOW is a pro-hunting state agency with vested interests. Their
only recommendation is to kill wildlife, no matter the situation. The sale
of hunting licenses pays their salaries and serves their only constituency
(hunters). Hunters demand more, not less, deer—and ODOW delivers.
Deer are the economic engine generating revenue for the ODOW.
Hunting/gun and ammo manufacturing interests profit from the scientifically
invalid claim that deer need to be “managed.” They are managed—managed into
overpopulation (or managed into growing bigger trophy bucks) through habitat
manipulation, intentional breeding, and through hunting, itself, which
increases deer numbers (by increasing fertility).
to facilitate hunting opportunities, has been a key contributor to deer
overpopulation. Traditional deer management centered for years on the
maximum sustained yield model. Under this form of management, deer
populations are maintained year to year at a level that produces maximum
recruitment with the maximum number of animals available for hunters to
harvest…” [Audubon Society, white paper report, “Forest Health and
Ecological Integrity”, March 2005]
ODOW self-servingly offers itself to
town councils, as the experts with the answers. Council members are relieved
to have a politically expedient, if counter-productive, plan to present to
the public. It is easier than reading the actual data and promoting
innovative, humane, effective solutions. It is an uphill battle,
fighting laziness, intransigence, and greed—but a winnable one, if public
service prevails over political expediency.
Due to the decline in
hunting, the National Fish and Game agency instituted a marketing strategy
to retain and recruit hunters. This has become the established blueprint for
foisting hunts on the public: create urban hunting zones to keep a dying
Once hunting ordinances are passed, and deer
mis-management programs are in place, they are deemed a success and
continued from year to year with no evaluation of their lack of
effectiveness. The public deserves better. The deer pay with their
lives, communities are torn asunder, and deer populations are intentionally
Mass slaughter of a gentle species, that is demonized by the
intentional actions of those who profit (recreationally and monetarily) from
their suffering, will end when citizens demand humane, effective solutions,
such as the installation of Strieter Lites or the DeerDeter Wildlife
Crossing Guard, which have been proven to prevent deer-vehicle-accidents.
The deer need your help in your communities. To prevent/terminate the
killing, join us. Not only will you be saving deer, but also other wildlife
(likewise victimized through hunting), domestic animals (killed,
accidentally—or intentionally, for kicks, by hunters), and humans (hunting
dramatically increases deer-car collisions and routinely injures
non-hunters). You will also be a proponent of property rights: hunters act
with impunity against property owners who do not want animals tormented and
killed on their property. The small percent of Ohioans who hunt (6 %) make
all decisions affecting wildlife in Ohio. It is time for us to protect our
wildlife, human and animal family members, and homes from the bullies.
If you want to learn more about culling and wish to stop this barbaric
practice, please visit www.nocull.com and sign up to become involved.
Education and community involvement, not violence, are the key to solving
real or perceived conflicts between wildlife and people.
Lane Ferrante is the OH coordinator of the
League of Humane Voters. She has researched the cruelty and ineffectiveness
of organized deer kills for the past 15 years and offers this data to
concerned communities and individuals, assisting them in choosing humane,
effective strategies for peacefully coexisting with wildlife.
Go on to Governor Cuomo "Opens" NY to Hunting and Trapping
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