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February 26, 2009
Whitetail News Roundup
By Dave Hurteau
Shed Hunters Find Man’s Bodywww.wqad.com Wisconsin Hunters Heated Over Low Harvestwww.jsonline.com
Sharpshooters Target Deer In Minnesota’s Bovine TB Areawww.bemidjipioneer.com
Buck Crashes Michigan Bedroomwww.spinalcolumnonline.com
Have you heard about the Shawnee Mission park deer fiasco in Lenexa Kansas? There are 200 deer per square mile eating the place down to the dirt. Meantime a local Bowhunter has a drive going to get a Bowhunt to cull the herd. A local female Ding a ling is fighting to "save the deer" from evil hunters. I have fished in the park lake and the place is crawling with deer. Drive in to fish before daylight and there are so many deer eyes reflecting in a field it looks like fireflies.
It's a shame that "otter scrubbers" like her are to blind to see what's really going on. 5yrs. down the road when the park is decimated, or when people are dying in car-deer crashes because she wanted to save "bambi", maybe she'll get the picture.
She won't and doesn't really care about the deer. If she did she would understand that a certain piece of ground can only support a certain number of deer and the rest will starve or die of disease.
One only need look at Amboseli National Park in Kenya to see what the "preservationist" ethic can do to an entire ecosystem. Elephants (1800 whne i was there studying in the early nineties) were severely overepopulated on the 800 km/sq. park. It takes 4 square kilometers to support an adult elephant annually. You can do the math and see that the park was incapable of suppoting the elephants, let alone the other 30 species of mammals that live there.
The parallelism here is that not only are the deer here eating themselves out of groceries, but every other animal there also suffers as a result. Maybe if the bunny huggers spent some time educating themselves in basic wildlife biology, their minds would change. However, I know from experience that passion about a subject often clouds the judgement of logic and reasoning, with regard to that subject. Just Google Cynthia Moss, and see what can happen too an award winning biologist when they become to close and empassioned with their subject matter.
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