I found Colin McNickle's article concerning the deer herd invasion of suburbia (“Saturday Essay: More deer tales,” Sept. 28 and TribLIVE.com) quite interesting, and the problem appears to be getting worse. How did this happen?
One reason is that Pennsylvania's very large Allegheny National Forest is no longer hospitable to the deer population. In fact, the yearly invasion of deer hunters after the Thanksgiving holiday has diminished because of the reduced deer population.
Because I grew up in Elk County, I have been following since the year 2000 how the EPA was able to close down the logging industry because of the “so-called” endangered Indian bat discovery in the area (which has also been found elsewhere).
Selective logging had been going on for many years with care to preserve the crop for future generations. With the ban on logging, there are essentially mature forests with heavy canopies and very few meadows available for the deer, which are grazers.
The revenue from the hunters has also diminished as well as the culling of the deer population, which has now shifted to suburbia.
In addition, President Clinton, by executive order before he left office, banned road building in the national forests, which will make it almost impossible for the locals to fight fires.
The biggest problem is the fact that these environmental NGOs can regulate at will and the public has little recourse with their bad decisions. Just another way that big government can interfere with our pursuit of happiness.
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