January 21, 2010
Mayor Harry Kent
Clarkstown, NY, 12078
Dear Mayor Kent,
I'm writing on behalf
of our 375 members in Clarkstown. The approach which your committee
proposed concerning the overpopulation of deer in Clarkstown town
parks is ineffective and cruel at the same time. The causes of
deer overpopulation can be traced back to the deliberate deer
management policies of the the DEC. The game agency manages
deer populations for hunters without regard for other stake-holders
such as farmers, orchard owners, hikers, wildlife-watchers
home-gardeners and drivers.
are some reasons why bow hunting should not be used to control deer
Bow-hunting will exacerbate an overpopulation problem.
We cannot assume that the majority of local residents do not
tolerate the current deer density based on the claims of the
Deer density is not the sole factor in the diminishing of the
understory. There are other known causes, such as canopies of
mature trees inhibiting sun from penetrating to the understory.
The diminishing understory is not an aberrant phenomenon; it is
a natural occurrence. It is part of the manifestation
normal ecological succession
Bow hunting exacerbates deer-car collisions.
The density of the black-legged Lyme-tick depends
primarily on the density of rodents, not deer.
Immunocontraception is relatively inexpensive and has worked
successfully in parks and urban/suburban settings.
Bow hunting is ineffective and cruel; the crippling rate exceeds
Additionally, the proposal is endangering the health of clients of
the food banks. The deer meat will not be inspected, and in
many cases will be be ground up with lead that is them from having
been shot in non-vital organs in prior hunting seasons. Further, the
deer have fed on lawns treated with pesticides, herbicides, and
fungicides that bio-accumulate in the muscle-tissue of animals.
The only time “culled” deer were inspected in NY was in Irondequoit
NY – where the deer carcasses were going to be donated to Attica
Prisoners – all 22 carcasses were rejected as “unfit for human
consumption.” The lack of ethical consideration given to the
ineffective, pointless cruelty of the proposal is not mitigated by
would appreciate an opportunity to address you and other members of
Defenders of Deer Inc.