LORRAINE CONWAY: Questions effectiveness, safety of deer cull

TO THE EDITOR:

Deer cull: My congratulations to the two Manistee City Council members who voted against this exercise in futility — smart folks. The other council members who voted to go forward with it, not so smart.

Really, do they think the elimination of 20 deer will reduce the herd of 80-100 deer within the city limits? I know whereof I speak, as to the numbers, my daughter, this weekend while walking her dogs counted 25 on Tamarack Street south of Eighth Street. I personally counted more than 20 on Manistee Golf & Country Club grounds.

Then there are other areas with just as many. Oak Grove Cemetery area and two other areas south of 10th Street west of Maple Street. Do the math, council. Assuming, of the remaining at least 60 or more, 50 percent are female. They will possibly produce another 60 based on the fact that 1 year olds produce single births, and older does may produce two or three births.

I have 11 or 12 deer coming in my yard every day, to my bird feeder, fruit trees, etc. It’s great to watch nature. It’s not so great to watch them devour costly shrubs and flowers.

I do string fish lines in the summer at heights of 12 inches and 36 inches, which has worked quite well to keep the deer from my flowers, not 100 percent, but it does help to keep them out.

However, this cull is not the way to go. I wish I knew what the answer was, so that I may have nice shrubs and flowers in my yard, but the proposed deer kill is not the answer and it will be dangerous. Has sterilization been considered? That would be more effective than killing a few.

Now to the safety features. Who will do the shooting — USDA? Are these people certified shooters? Who certified them? What kind of weapons are they certified to use?

Where will this hunt take places besides the advertised Manistee Golf & Country Club? I believe those of us who live on the south edge of the city have the right to know the place and time of the proposed shootings. I personally demand to have that information from Tim Kozal, the city’s public safety director, so that I may vacate my home, and the city, to avoid any stray bullets coming my way.

And the $10,000 could be used for other things, like patching potholes in the roads.

Lorraine Conway

Manistee

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