Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I was just speaking to some neighbours about the deer in the area. I love watching deer but apparently their numbers are exploding in Maryland. The state allows hunting during certain periods of the year but hunting season is over for now.
The deer can apparently cause damage to plants and trees. Is killing the answer though? Hunting thins the herds for a while - but the population just rebounds again with the next breeding cycle. It kind of reminds me of the whole cat situation. Culling is not the solution - here's an interesting article on population control through sterilisation for deer.
Here's an article that made me wonder what on earth they were thinking.
They also have oral contraceptives for deer - and since people are feeding them anyway, that sounds like a pretty good idea!