Reducing the Deer Population to Save Our Forests

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I would like to express my support for the planned deer cull at Teatown Lake Reservation. Although I opposed hunting and culling until recent years, my work as a volunteer with the Audubon Society and Yorktown's Tree Conservation Advisory Commission has informed me about the very strong science behind what Teatown is proposing.

Data from numerous studies show that the population of deer is as much as an order of magnitude greater than the carrying capacity of the land in our region. This has been confirmed in Yorktown by professional forestry studies conducted in Turkey Mountain and Sylvan Glen Parks. The result is almost total destruction of the forest understory, with devastating impacts on numerous species of songbirds and other wildlife. These animals depend on this vegetation that the deer have destroyed. Loss of songbird diversity has been documented when deer populations rise above 15 to 35 per square mile. Deer populations may be higher than 60 per square mile here in Yorktown.

Another problem with the overpopulation of deer is the alteration of the tree species that compose our forests. For example, oaks, which provide sustenance and homes for many species of wildlife, including squirrels, chipmunks and other small mammals, are not regenerating in our deer-ravaged woodlands. Reducing the deer population is the only way to begin to restore our forests to health.

Culling as proposed by Teatown is the most humane and effective method for bringing the deer population back into balance. Non-lethal interventions, like trap-release or shooting arrows tipped with birth control drugs at does, have proven costly and ineffective.

As Yorktown residents acquaint themselves with the severe environmental degradation caused by having way too many deer, support for Teatown's program should grow. It represents an important step in restoring a healthy biodiversity to Yorktown.

Michele February 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Not going to get into a debate over the AHA here...but I know a few people who now have affordable premiums with better coverage than before. The only reason there are certain plans people can't keep is due to the fact that these plans don't meet the fair requirements of the current health care law. Period.
Anthony February 19, 2014 at 09:37 PM
I doubt that you have read or understand the ACA - fyi Affordable Care Act, AKA Obama Care, let alone understand it. Keep drinking the cool aid.
Michele February 20, 2014 at 05:49 AM
Who are you to judge me? I have read it and am speaking from experience. Don't tell me what I understand and what I don't understand. I am speaking from people who have obtained better plans. Go stick your head in the sand and vote for Mitt Romney again
Michele February 20, 2014 at 05:54 AM
this is not a venue for political discussion so I'm not reading anymore of your gibberish. AHA, ACA whatever....Affordable Healthcare Act is what I was referring to.
Anthony February 20, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Wow ! Congrats on reading all 2409 pages of the Afforable Care Act, that's more than the Democratic members of the U.S Congress did prior to shoving it down the American people's throat. Now those Democrats who are running in 2014 are not mentioning Obama Care and don't want to associate themselves with our Supreme Leader. FYI 52% of those who voted for him would not do so because they don't trust him or what he says and does. Pull your head out of the sand and you will see shortly the implosion of the ACA, and the collapse of the insurers who will then have to be bailed out by we the taxpayers. Bye the way I thought that in view of your various rants against the government's management of Deer, the politics were initiated by you.


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