The Potomac Highlands Watershed School
High School Environmental Forum
I am a citizen of Hampshire County and my position on all this is... Our county has way to many deer. We can't even drive down the road without a deer running out in the road; I suggest that we demolish the deer population. Deer is only use for a sport for the most part, plus for their hide but with the hide we can make artificial hide. Which is better so that we're not going out just to kill innocent creatures for there hide. Another reason I feel we should get rid of deer is because they're a hazard, there just to stupid to stay out of the road. This is a big problem to me because I hear that people hit deer and die. Plus three fourths the time it's the deers fault. So why keep them. With doing this kind of event I feel it would cost about 20 million for the United States but about 30,000 for Hampshire County plus the cost of keeping them out. I see it as that if we keep them out we'll have less accidents, which cost a lot and add up to a lot. Another way we could get rid of them is let certain people go out in certain groups certain times and kill so many at no cost. Then ever so often have them go out and kill more to eat. With this everyone will get a turn. Plus it's free food and less wrecks. What could be better? In order for my event to happen I would need the permission of the government. This would be hard but in the long run less wrecks because of deer, lower insurance, and a safer ride for our friends and family. I feel it would work great with the government plus the plan of certain groups. I feel the only down fall to this plan is that there will be no beautiful deer as people call them and with no deer there's no deer season. So there will be one less animal in the food chain but there's a lot more to make up for it.
North Harford High School
As representatives of PETA, we believe that to solve the problem of deer overpopulation, the introduction of key predators could be utilized. These solutions would be much more effective and humane than hunting. Many animals suffer prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed by hunters. The Maine Bow Hunters Alliance estimated that 50% of animals shot with crossbows are wounded but not killed. That is a lot of animal suffering! “Hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families. For animals like wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities. The stress that hunted animals suffer—caused by fear and the inescapable loud noises and other commotion that hunters create—also severely compromises their normal eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need in order to survive the winter.” (peta.org). Introducing wolves and placing laws to protect them from hunters would be a natural way to control the deer population and keep it within the carrying capacity of the environment. The wolves, mountain lions, and other predators that we introduce to the area would kill only the sick and weak individuals, which would keep the ecosystem balanced. “Starvation and disease can be tragic, but they are nature’s ways of ensuring that healthy, strong animals survive and maintain the strength level of the rest of their herd or group. Shooting an animal because he or she might starve or become sick is arbitrary and destructive.” (peta.org). Therefore, hunting should not be an option for population control. YAY WOLVES!! BOOO HUNTERS!!!