Have you taken detailed notes to support your statement that there is a catastrophic loss of plants within the park system? If you have, how has this adversely affected you? If you were starving and a plant filled with edible berries was within your reach, would you not feed from that plant regardless of ownership?
You write that, "Deer are beautiful animals in the right setting." Wrong! They are beautiful animals in any setting. I agree they are starving because of human intrusion and reduced browsing areas. If we continually encroach upon their habitat, don't you believe we have some responsibility to their well-being? Perhaps they do belong in the forest. But this area was a forest once, now decimated through development.
Homeowners suffer enormous financial losses because the deer consume cultivated plants? How much do flowers cost? Like so many that have written in favor of deer culling, Dr. Rotz has foregone compassion or viable alternatives. Of all people, you should be the stronghold of compassion, considering your profession. To kill without justification is an aberration of God's will.
Deer are known to carry ticks that can infect the human population with Lyme disease. If people cannot recognize they are infected and refuse to get treatment, whose fault is it? What about West Nile virus? Should we eliminate the entire bird population to stop this disease of unprecedented proportion? To state that deer have been found to be infected with tuberculosis and hemorrhagic disease is simply superfluous.
To completely eliminate deer from our society would be utter folly. What about the other deer with legs? They are going to eventually migrate into this area in search of food. We must live in harmony with wildlife.
— Tim Kratt, Grand Haven Township