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Spring 2014
Guest Comment by Lane Ferrante, Ohio Coordinator of the League of Humane Voters who writes in opposition to urban deer killing

Reprinted with permission of the author, original printed in the Plain Dealer

One can follow urban deer killing straight to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. The DOW is a pro-hunting state agency with vested interests. Its only recommendation is to kill wildlife, no matter the situation. This (the sale of hunting licenses) pays salaries and serves their only constituency (hunters). Hunters demand more, not less, deer -- and DOW delivers.

Lane Ferrante
Lane Ferrante

Hunting, gun and ammo 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.

"Wildlife management 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 harvestů" [Audubon Society, white paper report, "Forest Health and Ecological Integrity," March 2005]

DOW 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 "sport" alive.

Once hunting ordinances are passed, and deer mismanagement 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 exploded.

Mass slaughter of a gentle species that are demonized for the intentional actions of those who profit 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 percent) 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 No Cull and sign up to become involved. And please also visit League of Humane Voters

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