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Urge Avon Lake, Ohio, to Oppose Bowhunting

May 12, 2012
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BACKGROUND

Avon Lake, Ohio, is reportedly considering the use of bowhunting in an attempt to reduce deer populations. Your voice is needed!

Bowhunting is among the cruelest forms of hunting. Bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer. Many are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.

Please urge Avon Lake officials to toss bowhunting—and then forward this message widely! If deer control is insisted upon, please share these tips.


WHOM TO CONTACT

The Honorable Greg Zilka, Mayor of Avon Lake, and the Avon Lake City Council using these e-mail addresses:

gzilka@avonlake.org; modonnell@avonlake.org; dbucci@avonlake.org; jshondel@avonlake.org; rjames@avonlake.org; jfenderbosch@avonlake.org; lmeiners@avonlake.org; dkos@avonlake.org


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Honorable Zilka and Avon Lake City Council Members,

It has come to my attention that Avon Lake, Ohio, is reportedly considering allowing bowhunters to kill deer in an attempt to reduce deer populations. Although this hunt would be inherently cruel based on the premise alone, it is important to recognize it is based on erroneous information.

Please allow me to illustrate a few of these concerns. First, ecologically, populations will fluctuate according to conditions and naturally-occurring food sources; it is the interference of humans that causes imbalance. To blame and slaughter the deer for human encroachment is both irresponsible and unjustified.

Second, killing deer artificially increases food supplies to the remaining deer, the consequence of which is increased reproduction and an ensuing greater deer population. In fact, studies have demonstrated that the continual cycle of seasonal hunting is responsible for a rebound, or larger herd populations, in subsequent years.

Third, this type of mass killing using such a brutal type of slaughter in such a central and visible location would certainly adversely affect both visitation and tourism; it would be financially detrimental to continue with such a cruel and unnecessary killing, and although I do not currently reside in Avon Lake, I would be unwilling to consider it, or nearby, as a potential vacation destination if this deer cull continues.

Fourth, bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer, if they look at all. Many deer are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.

Please instead examine alternative, non-lethal options such as fencing, fertility control, and relocation according to established protocols, which, when using these methods appropriately, have all proven successful in curtailing deer populations. Please see these tips.

I know your time is limited and I want to thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

NAME


they shot an arrow in the air
who it harmed and where
it landed.
they did not care
until they, the bowhunters
were the sighted
not the ones manning
the sights.
then they cowered in corners
covered with their own
fright:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 12, 2012 11:40 am

    they shot an arrow in the air
    who it harmed and where
    it landed.
    they did not care
    until they, the bowhunters
    were the sighted
    not the ones manning
    the sights.
    then they cowered in corners
    covered with their own
    fright:(

    Like

  2. May 12, 2012 11:47 am

    Reblogged this on delia1979.

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  3. linda badham permalink
    May 12, 2012 11:51 am

    I FEEL SICKER AND SICKER AND SICKER WITH THE PEOPLE WHO COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF “KILLING”. SINCE WHEN IS KILLING EVER THE ANSWER TO ANYTHING ? NEVER NEVER NEVER !!

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  4. jtwaldie permalink
    May 15, 2012 7:39 am

    Dear Joyce,

    Thank you for your email. We are looking into PZP for birth control. Presently, ODNR does not approve the use of birth control without a university study and IBO sues communities who legislate to move forward with it.

    As you can see by the attached photos from 2005 and 2012, after 7 years there are no saplings left to be saved in the largest park in the city. 103 deer were counted on this land in April 26, 2012 but we are told by many naturalists that the land can only support 8 – 10 deer.

    Best regards,

    Jennifer Fenderbosch
    Avon Lake Council Representative – Ward 2

    Sewer Committee, Chair
    Economic Development Committee, Member
    Environmental Committee, Member
    Finance Committee, Member
    Planning Commission, City Council Representative
    Public Services Committee, Member
    Renewable Energy Taskforce, Council Representative
    Great Lakes Energy Development Taskforce, Member
    440-933-4644
    jfenderbosch@avonlake.org

    (More concerned about the trees than the wildlife, it would seem- a life is meaningless to these people-how much can a tree cost at Home Depot?)

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  5. stacey permalink
    May 17, 2012 3:22 am

    Leave them alone!

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