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This doe was hungry enough to cross letter-writer Margaret Ackerman's deck to eat a leftover live-pine decoration.

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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

This exceptionably frigid winter has been a stressful time for the deer in the area.

Many does are pregnant and starving, searching where they can find food. They are destroying cultivated shrubbery, small trees and anything else they find.

This is a sad situation, as there are just too many deer. Man, being the main predator, is restricted to a hunting season and prefers the buck as the trophy, leaving the doe, which can have multiple births a year.

Another predator is the coyote. Wildlife experts say coyotes play an important role in the natural ecosystem, culling the weak and sick deer and keeping other animals in check — raccoons and rodents that prey on birds and their eggs.

Why is it the intent to trap and kill coyotes? Should there be a restricted killing? They are timid animals, not known to be dangerous to humans, and can coexist in our environment.

With the current population of deer, we will expect to see an increase of Lyme disease due to the deer ticks in the summer months.

Margaret D. Ackerman

Derry

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