In response to Gerald Schiller's letter “Menace unaddressed” concerning the deer population in the city and suburbs: While I agree that deer do wreak havoc on motor vehicles, I hardly call them a menace. Winter weather presents dangerous situations for drivers and we need to act accordingly; the same caution should be rendered while driving when deer are mating or searching for food.
I firmly believe the problem is not the deer population but overdevelopment of land. This is what is happening in my township. What was once home for these creatures is now home for humans. I'm sure if enough residents complain about their shrubs, trees and gardens being destroyed, it's only a matter of time before more ordinances are put into effect and citizens once again lose more control.
There are only certain plants I can grow on my property because of the amount of sunlight, so I plant accordingly. Many plants are deer-resistant.
As far as deer being a health hazard, I don't want to be protected from everything. I want to be able to take risks, make mistakes and have choices.
If you are asking your local government to address this issue, you stand to lose more than you gain, and nothing positive ever came from interfering with the balance of nature.
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