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Oak Mountain Deer Slaughter

Sent to the Birmingham (AL) News on January 18, 2004

For the first time in the history of Oak Mountain State Park, The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved a bow hunt to take place on January 27th and 28th that Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley admits “will not eliminate the problems associated with deer…”

Arrows that are designed to slice through vital organs and cause extensive tissue damage and blood loss will be shot into tame deer, many of whom will not be recovered by their killers and will run deep into the park only to die slowly of excessive blood loss or massive infection.

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Corky Pugh said “without hunting, the population level exceeds what the land will support, resulting in severe habitat degradation due to excessive browsing,” but this is the case today despite liberal hunting seasons and bag limits that have been the norm for decades. Clearly, hunting has exacerbated deer problems to the point where in certain areas, they are out of control.

We agree with Commissioner Lawley and call for the immediate halt to violent and dangerous methods of deer control. For more information on state game agencies’ version of deer “management” contact the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting at (845) 256-1400 or visit http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/

Joe Miele, Vice President
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561
201-368-8271

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