Take a walk or a drive through the city during the early morning or late evening hours, and you’re sure to see at least a few deer. City residents are constantly posting photos of deer camping out in their small yards and munching on hostas and other ornamental plants.
It’s no secret that the urban deer population is on the rise.
A Grand Valley State University professor has suggested to Grand Haven City Council a two-year study to trap, then radio tag more than a dozen deer. This study would track the animals, see where they’re moving and what they’re eating, and would aid the city in then making a deer management plan.
But seriously, does the city really need to spend nearly $20,000 on a two-year study to find out what the deer are doing?
There’s no need to complicate the issue. The deer population in the city is on the rise. The city can just as easily decide what action to be taken on the ballooning deer numbers now as in two years.
There’s an old saying that seems applicable here: If it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck, then it’s a duck. Basically, this means that there’s no need to over-complicate an issue.
There are too many deer in the city. Something needs to be done about it or we risk running into the problems that occur with overpopulation, ranging from starvation to disease and increased car-deer accidents.
There’s no reason to spend $20,000 and wait two years to learn what we already know.
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