This is the tenth in our series analyzing Carrboro’s Energy and Climate Protection Task Force’s Recommended Deer Cull.
Assertion 10: “A reduced/better managed deer population would…Improve the overall health of the deer population…” [page 43]
In what perverse moral universe do we improve the overall health of a population by killing some of them and wounding or crippling as many as we kill?
“Improved health” when applied to free-living animals is hunter-speak for improved fertility. It creates more animals, not fewer, which is exactly the opposite of the stated goal of the task force.
Killing a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, or sister disrupts deer families and causes fear, trauma, stress, and other unhealthy outcomes.