Whitetail Deer Population and Suburban Encroachment

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    camp_steveo Well-Known Member

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    It is a high-end residential development on an island. There will be no hunting.
     
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    Whitetail deer do not tolerate capture and removal well. Obviously, the best method is not possible. Declaring the island some sort of sanctuary would have been best. No humans should be there.

    It could then have had heard management using archers hunting them in limited numbers, depending on population surveys and state regulations. I fear they are a lost cause.

    Get proactive with the rest of the state and use hunters and animal lovers to keep areas off-limits to human encroachment. Animal lovers who are intelligent will be able to understand the differences between culling a herd and allowing them to die from starvation, which is natural, yet not very sensible.

    Well, those are my guesses about what to do. Good luck. I would much rather it was a nature preserve that allowed limited hunting, trapping and fishing, rather than a "private" getaway. With that many people there, it's surely no longer anywhere near private.
     
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    The OP was an assignment for an environmental ethics class I am taking. I thought it would be interesting to share. I honestly think a feeding program in addition to sterilization would be the best route.
     
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    Again, they don't tolerate being handled. I disagree with this and would rather see the herd culled. It's sad that they are now the living dead. They will be no more, forever.
     
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    Rich people aren't stupid. You should be able to persuade them as to the safety of bowhunting. It's certainly a lot less intrusive than trapping and tranquilizing. The idea of capturing them and moving them is just insane.

    Feeding them is the last thing you need to be doing. I hope your professor tears the paper to pieces, as it's frankly, a pretty stupid idea. I say that as an educated biologist.
     
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    The assignment was to assess an instance of habitat destruction from the POV of a decision making body using utilitarian theory. What's so terrible about setting up deer feeders? Humans took over a perfectly sustainable environment, creating a over-populated malnourished deer herd. I mean, I am in favor of reintroduction of apex predators in wilderness areas, but this is hardly wilderness.
     

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