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No Hunting on Oak Mountain

This one went to epage@bhamnews.com in Alabama

 

8/25/03

 

To The Editor:

 

A recent article reported the possibility of deer hunting at Oak Mountain (Hunting reconsidered at Oak Mountain – 8/21) because it is thought that hunting “offers a realistic solution for deer overpopulation.”  The truth is that much scientific data indicates that hunting does not reduce deer populations, it increases them. 

 

North American Hunter magazine (October, 1995) reports the experience of a former Texas biologist who “managed” deer on a ranch: “After shooting 100 does, the ranch actually had more fawns than it did the year before. Because of the significant doe harvest, the fawn survival rate increased from 25 percent (four does to rear one fawn to weaning age) to 120 percent (1.2 fawns per doe)."  The Union County (NJ) Parks Department report titled "Deer Management Program For Watchung Reservation" concluded that before being hunted, female deer living in the Reservation gave birth to only one fawn. Afterwards, the birthrate doubled or tripled. 

 

If State Parks Director Mark Easterwood is concerned with deer overpopulation, he should explore non-violent methods of deer control, because hunting always fails.  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

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting

Box 562

New Paltz, NY  12563

201-368-8271

 

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