Call for Humane Deer Population Control Methods in Washington, D.C.

Target: Director of the United States National Park Service, Jonathan B. Jarvis

Goal: Advocate for human methods of deer population management

The National Park Service in Washington, D.C. recently used sharpshooters to try and control the deer population living in a local park. The deer were lured into corners and then shot down by the snipers, who had hoped to kill 70 of them. The deer population has grown out of hand, and has become a threat to the local ecosystem. In order to protect other species living in the area, the deer population must be controlled. It need not be done in so violent a manner, however.

Instead of using snipers armed with weapons and thermal imaging goggles, the Park Service should have utilized a more humane method. Simply killing a number of animals at random will not solve the problem in the long-term, and may cause problems with animals in the future. The overpopulation of deer is a problem caused by human negligence, and should therefore be handled responsibly by humans.

The violent short-term methods should be replaced by alternatives that could last for generations. These could include using birth control to manage the number of fawns born each year, or erecting fences to keep the ecosystem contained. Even methods of eliminating the deer need not be so cruel—instead of being violently shot and killed, they could be euthanized with certain tranquilizers. It is time to rewrite the way local deer populations are managed, to ensure both humans and deer can coexist for years to come.


Dear Director Jarvis,

The recent use of snipers to cull the deer population in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. was cruel and unnecessary. It also fails to provide a long-term solution—the population will recover from the loss, and the city will be faced with the problem once again. Using violence to fix a problem caused by humans in the first place is inhumane, especially when there are other options available.

These alternatives would be more effective in the long-term, as well. Using birth control to manage fawn populations, erecting fences to contain the ecosystem, or using euthanasia or tranquilizers to kill the deer would be more more humane, and in the case of the first two options, more effective. The way the population reproduces as a whole must be changed in order to solve the issue of overpopulation. Alternative methods must be tried if the issue is to be resolved completely.


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One Comment

  1. Lucy Kelly says:

    Sadly, I feel I must disagree. Deer are not killed at random, hopefully. The healthiest looking are allowed to survive. I favour destroying the older, less able bucks, and allowing young males to come through into their own prime, and killing older females. This at least would allow some of natures own selective measures to pertain. Really, predators shd be reintroduced. Deer carcasses should be made use of, so tranquilisers can’t be used, as they’re so strong they’d kill anything that ate the meat. This leaves shooting. Sad, but true.

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