THOMAS OPALKA: Money for deer cull could have been better spent

TO THE EDITOR:

Where is the meat? As reported in your newspaper, “Venison from cull donated to local pantries” published on March 28, the recent cull of 23 deer netted 380 pounds of meat to be distributed to local food banks.

If my math is correct, that 23 deer amounted to 16.5 pounds per deer. Also at a cost of $9,947.45, the 380 pounds of meat cost $26.17 per pound. Something is wrong here. They must have culled a lot of small deer.

The money could have been better spent on some of our local streets (i.e. a portion of Van Buren Street or fixing my sidewalk damaged by a tree) or better yet, how many pounds of beef and chicken that could have been distributed to local food banks. What a waste of our taxpayer money, and do we want to do it again?

Thomas F. Opalka

Manistee

EDITOR’S NOTE: Manistee only received a portion of the total meat that was processed from the 23 deer, according to Patrick Ryan, of the United States Department of Agriculture — the agency that performed the deer cull. A total weight of processed meat is not known. Ryan also was not aware of which other food banks received the processed meat because the nonprofit Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger handled the distribution.

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