After a long legal fight VFNHP is finally going to start its deer cull next month.
The Friends of Animals and Compassion for Animals, Respect for the Environment, wanted the National Park Service to introduce coyotes into the park, (only 3500 acres surrounded by development, including the King of Prussia Mall) in order to reduce the deer population. Do these lunatics think that the 'yotes would actually stay inside the park boundaries, not chase the deer out and across the roads and highways, causing more accidents, and then not turn on the cats, dogs, kids etc of the community? Even FoA's website notes how "Coyotes’ ability to adapt to their environment, in short, allows them to thrive in human-dominated areas."
These idiots even opposed using birth control on the deer to try and reduce the population.(But I'd bet that they'd enthusiacstically support it for humans)
Lee Hall, legal director for Friends of Animals, said in an interview a year ago. “Killing deer is not the answer to the decline of plant life in a sprawling, concrete-covered suburb.”
Allison Memmo Geiger, president of CARE, added that she didn't know what was worse, “shooting deer or compromising their social and reproductive interactions by imposing birth control on them.”
How many thousands of $'s were wasted in legal/court costs wrangling this thing out that could have been actually spent on the park in these time of shrinking budgets?
I'm unable to find out any more about who the "sharpshooters" will be, (area hunters, park/gov employees?) but hopefully they will be able keep the game and maybe do something like donate some to area food banks or shelters to help feed the hungry/homeless. Dnf/Yardley have any local info?
But even in the face of this finally common sense approach, the shooters will have to use non-lead environmentally friendly bullets. (Barnes X bullets?)
Our country is going insane!