Stop Deer Killing in Cleveland Metroparks

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Target: Cleveland Metroparks Board of Commissioners.

Goal: To stop the bait and kill program for deer in Cleveland Metroparks.

While the problem of animal control can be a difficult one, especially with regards to those that can cause property destruction from grazing or simply trampling, killing should never be an answer. Sadly, Cleveland Metroparks have actively conducted a policy since 1998 which has sought to bait and kill deer under the guise of limiting their impact in the region and preserve biodiversity.

This is entirely unacceptable. There is no justifiable reason to attempt to cull large numbers of any species. To date 3,319 deer have been baited and killed by this program, including 577 in 2001 alone. There cannot even be the premise of a sporting act occurring as these animals are lured by practices that most hunting grounds ban outright. This method of baiting for the easy kill is not only barbaric, but also of no environmental benefit.

When an animal population is reduced in an unnatural manner (for example by hunting rather than predation) it creates a phenomenon known the compensatory rebound effect. Reduced animal populations without any alteration to food supply can lead to does having two to three fawns instead of one. This rapidly pushes the population back to equal or higher levels then had occurred prior to the culling. This means that the program in existence in Cleveland Metroparks serves only one purpose: to give hunters in the area easy kills.

Any program whose existence only results in unnecessary loss of life must not be allowed to continue. It is cruel to encourage the slaughter of vast numbers of these animals by enticing them with feed such that they are easy to kill in en masse. Stop the Cleveland Metroparks Deer culling program now before hundreds more animals are senselessly destroyed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Board of Commissioners,

The large scale killing of any type of animal should never be considered a proper solution to any issue or environmental concern, including possible overpopulation by a given species. With this in mind it is extremely disconcerting that Cleveland Metroparks have actively conducted a policy since the late the late 1990s which has sought to lure with bait and then kill deer under the guise of limiting their impact in the region and preserve biodiversity.

This manner of thought is entirely mistaken. There is no justifiable reason for this attempt at culling large numbers of deer in Cleveland Metroparks. Despite a marked lack of justification, 3,319 deer have been baited and killed by this program to date, including 577 in 2001 alone. There cannot even be the appearance of fair sport occurring as these animals are lured by practices that most hunting grounds already ban outright. This method is not only barbaric, but also of no environmental benefit.

Animal populations that are reduced in an unnatural manner (for example by hunting rather than predation) result in a phenomenon known the compensatory rebound effect. This reduced population when facing no alteration to food supply will result in does having two to three fawns instead of one. This rapidly pushes the population back to equal or higher levels then had occurred prior to the culling. This means that the program in existence in Cleveland Metroparks serves only one purpose: giving hunters in the area easy kills.

When a program’s existence results in the slaughter of vast numbers of deer, as occurs here by enticing them with feed such that they are easy to kill in en masse, something is horrible awry. Stop the Cleveland Metroparks Deer culling program now before hundreds more animals are senselessly destroyed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. Why does the park say the policy will ‘preserve biodiversity’? I think it may be the truth. I’ve heard deer can be very destructive when their numbers are unnaturally large, due to a lack of predators, probably due in turn to their destruction by humans. The best thing to do would be to reintroduce wolves. Why not start a petition to reintroduce deer predators? I would sign that.

  2. Csilla Korossy says:

    I was checking on the Internet to see if Cleveland Metroparks engages in killing of deer. I just received my ballot and intended to vote yes on Issue 80; I am so glad that I checked whether Metroparks, “culls” as they call killing, deer, and sure enough I found out that they did. I definitely do not want to contribute money to killing. This is all I needed. It is No on issue 80 for me.

  3. I went on-line this evening looking for some printable literature to leave at one of the Cleveland Metro Park reservations that I frequent at least weekly.

    I am out and in the woods every day that I am able with my St. Bernard. He often enjoys chasing the deer we encounter and I encourage it, as predators chasing prey is a huge part of the natural world. He is very slow and awkward so I have no fear that he would ever actually catch anything. He gets some exercise, the deer get to behave the way nature intended and I get to stand in awe at the beauty and speed of the deer (not to mention the amazing heights they can jump). Well, our behavior is not appreciated by the other people that frequent that park. I get dirty looks from people that are feeding and petting the deer.

    I found the literature I was looking for and plan to post copies at this park. Deer are wild creatures that should not be encouraged to eat people food (lots of bread products and corn are given to them) and should be afraid of humans. At this park the population is obviously well over what the area can maintain. Today alone we counted three dead in the woods. There are few food sources left here for them, browse lines are everywhere and I see ribs on all of the deer no matter what time of year it is. Clearly something must be done! But what?

    In contrast, there is an area that we frequent where the only human interference I see is the building of forts by the local teens. We have even encountered coyotes in this area, once face-to-face. The deer here are thriving and there are more than enough food sources to go around.

    In my search for literature to educate the local “animal lovers” about the harm they are actually causing I stumbled upon this stupid petition.

    All over this planet for 100’s of years men have ruined the natural order of things. We are predators that have no natural enemies and our numbers have grown beyond what nature can sustain (just like the deer). But now that we are finally starting to realize our mistake, measures are being taken to try to restore some balance. The best solution to the deer problem in Ohio- reintroduce wolves. That will never happen for many reasons. While birth control seems like a more humane way to deal with the problem – how much faith do you have in our pharmaceutical companies? I can just see disastrous results from using chemical means to control the population.

    When I was younger I had a bumper sticker on my car that read “support the right to arm bears”. I thought that hunters were the most horrible people on the plant. I have always had a deep connection to Nature but I have since revised my opinions. Romanticizing about nature is pointless and actually harmful for some. Most hunters are actually big nature lovers and very educated on the natural order of things. I know one man who has his foreign neighbors process his kills because they use every single part of the animal. Humans are part of nature – not above, just too disconnected. Nature is violent and cruel. A coyote does not care about the feelings of a deer. He is hungry and grateful when he sees a deer that is not on it’s guard. Before white people came to this continent humans and nature co-existed peacefully and the people killed and ate the animals. They did so with respect and gratitude.

    So my point? I’d much rather see the deer be shot and the meat sent to a hunger center than see these sickly deer eating corn & muffins and being petted by stupid people. I’d also much rather see people hunt and eat their own kills rather than support factory farming by buying meat from the grocery store.

    Being friends with a deer sounds nice but that has nothing to do with nature. And don’t think for a moment that a buck that is your “friend” wouldn’t seriously harm you without a second thought if he felt threatened or you approached at the wrong time of year.

    I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful it felt to have that encounter with the coyote. It is something that I will never forget. But I was not stupid enough to try to develop a “relationship’ with it. That’s what domestic cats & dogs are for!

    Hopefully, I have expanded your view a bit but maybe all I did was piss you off. Either way, I’ve had my say and welcome any type of response

  4. Danged old deer keep eating my lillys and other plants. Ran into a deer last year cost me a bundle lucky to be alive.

    Hell with the deer
    what about them skeeters…poor things have a right to live I never met anyone with west nile they should leave them critters alone and quit spraying them.

  5. William McCroden says:

    Don’t know about the Board of Commissioners running the Metroparks- a guy I know who works in county gov’t and knows the whole setup says Judge Angelo Russo, Chief Probate Judge, runs the Metroparks. I opposed him for reelection but to be honest I didn’t even check to see if he won because I couldn’t bear knowing the deer slaughter would continue. Pressure must be exerted against the Chief Probate Judge at elections until he tells the Metroparks to adopt the contraception the state Dept. of Natural zresources knows about. As Metroparks deer would then not be killed, butchers who shoot deer to eat wouldn’t have to worry about their reproduction cut off (though it would solve some future problems).

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