Connecticut Town Wants to Control Deer Population, But Not With Hunting
Westport Connecticut has a serious deer over-population problem that needed to be addressed. At a Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) by vote it was agreed that the deer population needs to be controlled, and also by vote they decided to uphold the town's hunting ban. Some of the non lethal suggestions were air gun delivered deer birth control, also they propose to feed the deer corn laced with insecticide to help deal with the ticks which spread lyme disease.
Animal right activists were pleased with the non hunting, but some members of the RTM think it is ridiculous to try to control a population without some culling. Peter Knight thought that sharpshooters should be used to help cull the herd. “I think it’s ridiculous to talk about controlling deer without some form of culling,” Knight said. “How do you reduce the population? You either starve them or you shoot them.”
The RTM committee would also want to have deer education programs to warn citizens of the danger deer pose to motorists, to teach them ways to repel deer from their plantings, and to avoid ticks. From WestportNow.com.