The reality is that the good majority of us eat meat. Some of that meat comes from cute, often furry, "innocent" animals. These animals end up on our dinner tables and in our to-go bags.
Deer, like most other animals, are part of the circle of life. When that circle gets out of balance, as is the case of the deer overpopulation in an urban area such as Grand Haven, it’s a problem.
It’s a problem for the deer as they are more likely to lack adequate nutrition and natural habitat. And it’s a problem for humans who deal with the significant damage these wild woodland creatures wreak on their private property.
It seems that, in an effort to appease a very vocal group of Bambi lovers, the Grand Haven City Council has abandoned common sense.
Common sense tells us not to mess with Mother Nature’s chemistry, and prevailing wisdom tells us that we shouldn’t put off to tomorrow what must be done today.
The idea of darting does with tranquilizer and injecting a protein-based contraceptive is an effective plan for reducing the growth of a herd – but only in a specific contained area. Like, for instance, at a petting zoo. With fences.
But our reality in Grand Haven is we don’t have fences dividing our town. Even if the injections – at $200 a dose –miraculously reached all the does in our community, there is nothing stopping those deer from leaving or keeping others from joining our neighborhood.
And we don’t really know exactly what we’re doing when we meddle with Mother Nature in this way. It would for sure be a grand experiment, but why experiment in our community with a method that is anything except tried and true?
Other options need to be explored and executed. These options could include the relocation of deer to wildlife areas or the culling of the herd.
By culling the herd in a safe, deliberate and effective manner, we could also donate the meat to help stock the refrigerators of our neighbors who have fallen on hard times. This could be a case of two birds with one stone.
It’s time for our council to bite the bullet on this one and make the tough call. They’re never going to make everyone happy, but that’s the nature of the job.
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