Urge Maryland County to stop deer hunt
The legislation that is referenced in article (http://our-compass.org/2012/03/23/urge-montgomery-county-maryland-to-stop-bowhunting-sample-letter/) did not pass Montgomery County Council. There now is a bill underway in Maryland General Assembly that does the same thing, but bypasses the need for the council to vote on it. There are much better ways to curb the deer population than this inherently dangerous bill.
Maryland General Assembly House Bill 671 (MC 2-13)
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Dear Maryland General Assembly,
It has come to my attention that, in reference to Maryland General Assembly House Bill 671 (MC 2-13), for the purpose of establishing for archery hunters in Montgomery County a safety 4 zone of a certain size, the General Assembly is therefore reportedly considering allowing bowhunters to kill deer in an attempt to reduce deer populations. Although this hunt are 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 Montgomery County, 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 appeal.
we are deer,
we live here too.
but humans why
do you do the
things you do?
why do you
want to shoot
us with a bow.
this is not nice,
i know we can
all get along,
if you listen to
Karen Lyons Kalmenson