Originally Posted by 2dogmom
Before you jump on the "hunting for sport" thing please keep in mind that in some parts of the country there is a problem with overpopulation of deer. They breed, have little or no naterual enemies, and because the amount of food available to them is too small, some starve to death slowly. This is why fish and game departments manage the number of deer with hunting licenses and hunting season. (TNR would be nice, but just try to trap a deer, they travel miles in one day!) I find it interesting that PETA prefers to kill off feral cat colonies (including those that are being managed by humans), but mumble something under their breath about hunting being cruel. If someone out there knows a better way to manage the deer population I'm sure that various wildlife / fish and game depts would be anxious to hear it.
Yes... Here's an example both of that and of how freaking insane people can be when they don't know what they're talking about.
In the Cleveland Metroparks, which run through a good part of the city and to some degree surround it, they have to close the parks and hire snipers to kill off some of the deer. There are so many, with no predators, that it is a danger to the public, for one thing. People die when they hit deer. Other reasons include 1) The population numbers are above maximum capacity, and in the winter they ALL die because they starve to death. This is an unnatural/manmade condition, and so is our responsibility to fix 2) They completely destroy the ecosystem.
Here's the insane part. There are some people out there who want to simultaneously prevent the deer culls and save some endangered plant species in the metroparks. So, one winter, there were little fences put up around the ONLY PLANTS LEFT to keep the deer from eating them. That was the only food left because the population was so high. So they starved. And there was a fence around the endangered plants.
Some of my family are from places where you actually need deer whistles on the car. I don't hate hunting, or fishing, for these reasons... just don't invite me along or expect me to eat it! I guess I find it necessary, but not agreeable, because in an ideal condition it would not be necessary because the man-made problems in the ecosystem would be actually corrected instead of stopgaps like snipers in the metroparks.