I have been an avid hunter and fisherman in this area for the past 30 years, and this wasting of taxpayers’ money to study the deer and cull them is costing us way too much than it’s worth. These “surveyors” of deer gave us a count on where all the deer are. Did they do this in one day or over a period of time?
These deer move around from the cemetery to Mulligan’s Hollow. They move to Duncan Woods then they go to the cemetery. These deer migrate from the dunes by Rosy Mound and into the city during this time of year because of the food (acorn trees) and other plants that are available to them. Then back out they go to Rosy Mound in the winter and summer, and then they will travel back to the city during the fall for the ritual of eating acorns and plants. Not all of the deer leave, but the majority of them do. Why else do we not have a problem in the summer or winter?
All you have to do is follow some of the deer runs off Grand Avenue and toward Rosy Mound and you will be a believer. What I am getting at is the same deer are being counted at different locations, even though they are the same deer. If we just allow nature to follow its course and let them clean up our yards of acorns and some plants, then they will leave the city when the food is gone — simple solution.
If we are worried about our flowers that are being “ravaged” by the deer, there is a whole list of plants and flowers that deer don’t eat — so if you have a problem, adapt and grow different flowers and plants.
What I am getting at is: let’s spend the money that we have used the past few years (what was the total cost by the way?) to get people to live here and not pay for a place like a vacant North End Project or let’s worry about the invasive fish that are in the Great Lakes and more on the way (Asian carp) than the little four-legged animals that come and go like tourists.
— James Hawkins, Grand Haven