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June 23, 2010 | Deer

Philadelphians Invited to Free Informational Meeting

23 JUNE 2010

At 7 pm on Wednesday, 7 July at the Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA, Advocates for the Deer, with support from the Pennsylvania chapter of Friends of Animals, will host guest speaker Christina Kobland, a native-landscaping biodiversity and wildlife expert who founded Native Return, LLC. Her lectures endear her to audiences who advocate for wildlife and its protection.

Attendees will learn to select deer-resistant and native plants, and how to use fencing to allow woody plants to survive yet permit the movement of indigenous animals.

Christina Kobland will also address the importance of unifying a community to respect habitat -- its loss is the main cause of the global biodiversity crisis -- explaining the role of wildlife ("green") corridors.

"Energy, agriculture, trail planning and purportedly green initiatives often destroy habitat," said Kobland.

When people learn why, Kobland explains, they can prepare to challenge development or intrusive, expensive animal-control "solutions" while basing their views on the sound principles and practical know-how. Thus, a community can preserve its precious ecology and share the wisdom needed to co-exist with all life forms in our midst.

Mary Ann Baron of Philadelphia Advocates for the Deer said, "I'm content to live in Chestnut Hill with beautiful native landscaping that functions well in an area of a healthy deer population, and I want to help others discover the benefits of landscaping that works with, not against, the precious planet under our feet."

Noting that many wildlife advocacy groups advocate hunting and fishing, Christina Kobland expressed the highest enthusiasm about working with Philadelphia Advocates for the Deer and Friends of Animals who advocate for wildlife living free, according to their own terms.

The meeting will be free and open to the public.


i am glad to see you agree about the deers,as far as plants go , i don't even cut my own grass, my main point is that killing these deers to save plants just does not fly, and i cant believe that this even became a legal matter, i recall not to long ago a developer wanted to build homes in the park, if he is able to get the wildlife out of there,it will be easier for him to get the permits,this plant versus deer scenario the park is trying to get us to believe now makes a little more sense if we know the real reason why they want to kill these animals. i think if somebody filed for court to kill all the wildlife to save the plants, it would be laughed out of could you even take somebody like that seriously.what happens when a tourist steps on one of these plants, they going to call out the sharp shooters. these deers are people friendly and are sitting ducks if nobody stands up for them, they have nowhere to go except this park,so why cant who ever started this bull,just leave them alone, generations of people will visit this park, so leave them something to see,and i don't mean condos or plants.there's nothing but super-centers and malls all over this area, at least going to this park you get to see wildlife run free, and now some pinhead wants to destroy that.whoever you are, smart move, and thanks for trying to ruin it for everybody else.

The question isn't, "What is more important, plants or deer?" The issue concerns both, as both are vitally important to our ecosystems. Deer, of course, like other animals, are sentient, cognizant beings, and as such, must be allowed to experience their lives free of human domination and control. Plants are the source of food for animals, and the deer in Valley Forge park thrive on the greenery that is abundant there. If rare plants are being eaten by the deer, then we should consider whether the park is the most desirable place to have these plants, or whether we should consign that responsibility to the arboretums, which are set up to protect rare species of plant life. There seems to be concern among the park officials that deer are destroying the understory in the park. If that were true, the deer would be destroying their own habitat, and would, in the process, destroy themselves. The fact that the deer thrive in the park's environment is a healthy sign that both deer and plants are doing quite well. The deer in Valley Forge should not be made targets of sharpshooters' guns, nor should they be subjected to contraceptives (manufactured in laboratories at the expense of deer and other animals) to limit their numbers. Furthermore, the use of contraceptives on deer has thus far proven to be harmful to these animals. The deer are capable of controlling their own numbers, i.e., when the food supply is low, the birth rate is correspondingly low. This is simply the way nature works, and has worked for millennia.

i read this article,are you talking about the deers in valley forge park. if so, i stop there all the time when in the area to eat lunch and watch the deers and some times i see fox, why would somebody be having a problem with these deers, sounds kind of stupid, the only reason anybody would go to the park is to see them, really who cares about the plants,if i want to see plants i will go to a flower show,borring, and if the people who live in the area have a problem with the deer,why dont they just move, the deer were there first, its the only place some idiot cant shoot them. these animals are not bothering anybody, who ever has a problem with them realy needs to get a life, i will take looking at free and wild deer over a stupid plant anyday.

The address for the very easy-to-find and parking-friendly Chestnut Hill Library is: 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19118-2716

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