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Join with Friends of Animals To Oppose the Repulsive, Insane Deer Slaughter in a Nature Preserve in Darien, Connecticut

November 02, 2010 | Deer

Beginning November 9, 2010 and continuing 3 days a week through mid- December, Darien Land Trust Dunlap Woods and Town of Darien Selleck's Woods will be closed to the public so that bow hunters can mercilessly mutilate and slaughter deer once again. This is an unnecessary assault on deer who live in the last remnants of undeveloped land in Darien. The killing began in 2005 and the perceived problems that are behind this dangerous, thoughtless plan have not changed, yet deer- hunting continues "“ unchallenged by town officials.

Please contact the following people ,and ask them to halt the wrong- headed scheme before any deer are killed this year:

Friends of Selleck's Woods
Chris Filmer, President
10 Harriet Lane, Darien, CT 06820

Darien Land Trust, Inc.
Shirley Nichols, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1074, Darien, CT 06820

David Campbell, First Selectman

Darien Parks and Recreation Office

Friends of Animals acknowledges the inherent value of deer in Fairfield County, as well as their participation in the ecology. This means transcending the reliance on hunting and other forms of human management and control over deer populations.

Rather than talk up perceived problems, then continue a cycle of expense, force, and harm, we believe that Darien can and should commit to the sensible and responsible approach. This would involve understanding the natural tendency of deer to balance their numbers.
If tension related to deer is a problem for Darien, the best answers begin by acknowledging that hunting contributes to the imbalance.

The call to manage is historically a product of practices that manipulate deer for the benefit of shooters who want targets. They are part of the problem, not the cure. As for bow-hunted deer, they have been seen bleeding with arrows stuck in their flesh for two miles before the arrow's owner can climb down from a tree stand and catch up and finally cut the panicked animal's neck. When New Canaan allowed bow-hunting, Friends of Animals took telephone calls from shocked residents with bleeding deer struggling on their lawns.

No wonder hunting is losing its appeal in our state "“mirroring a country-wide trend that has seen the hunting community wane for two more decades. Follow the money to understand why such a hobby gets backing from Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection.
The agency benefits from hunter licensing fees and federal excise taxes on weapons and ammunition.

Fewer than 1 percent of Connecticut residents hunt. According to the national Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 12.5 million U.S. residents purchased hunting licenses in
2006 "“ a decline of 10 percent from 1996. In contrast, 71 million U.S.
residents identify ourselves as people who love to observe and photograph birds and other free-living animals.

Since it's no longer widely acceptable to call hunting recreation, hunters invent social benefits to justify deer control. We hear about the need to defend wildflowers from over-browsing. We hear about heading off collisions between automobiles and deer. We're told hunters feed the hungry. We hear that hunters protect our communities form Lyme disease.

• Does the deer population need to be controlled? Nature ensures that the deer population is limited by available food, territory, and winter weather conditions, which restrict both food and range. Well- fed deer naturally have more fawns than those living where food and leafy shelter is less plentiful. As the size of the deer community increases, there is less food and leafy shelter available for each deer. Numerous studies have shown that both the reproductive rate and the survival rate of deer will then decrease. Thus, a natural balance.

• Do deer cause deforestation? Generally, no, as deer eat only plants within about two yards from the ground. Also the range for deer is limited because deer need trails and openings to get to plants. The major cause of deforestation is the human population.

• Do deer transmit Lyme disease? No. Lyme disease is transmitted by the black-legged ticks that carry the disease when immature, on smaller host animals than deer such as songbirds and mice. The transmission of disease depends on the tick, not the deer. Deer do not carry or transmit Lyme bacteria either; they are simply one of many food sources for the adult ticks, including humans and dogs.

• How can we prevent the tragedy of deer being hit along roadways?
Prevention techniques include driving more slowly and staying aware of surroundings, towns/cities installation reflectors along roadways, regular road maintenance and speed limit reduction.

• Will killing deer result in fewer car collisions? The logical answer is NO. In 2002, Friends of Animals surveyed state wildlife departments regarding these collisions. Our findings indicate that hunting deer exacerbates the movement of deer during the November mating season, and that deer-car collision are most prevalent from October "“ December hunting season as hunters prompt deer to flee without caution.

Many thanks,

Priscilla Feral

Friends of Animals


I have lyme disease that altered my entire life BUT the deer should not be harmed- they were here before us, just like the Native Americans- this is their land- I can't believe people are allowed to hunt them down- It reminds me of what the pilgrims did to the Native Americans(and in our blindness WE celebrate that atrocity known as Thanksgiving) I think/feel there is a general awarenss coming though due to people like Friends of Animals. Temple Gradin also has brought about that type of awareness of the feeling side- of animals- the inhumanty of humans..... What happens if someone is injured by one of these stray arrows or a stray whatever used by these barbaric vestiges of our selves?

Bow hunting is dangerous and cruel. Protect the deer and the other wild animals from the killing. The ecosystem can take care of itself, if you just keep man out of the picture.

Grew up in Connecticut - if there are still deer around there - they must be preserved.

Why create an animals preserve if your not going to honor the right for these animals to live? Is this just a lie for the public to believe these is an area where animals can be protected from people who want to play Robin Hood?

you guys are totally correct! This needs to end! where i live the kids even think it's funny to shoot a wild animal. I knew hunting was bad and so many people are heartless but i never thought middle aged people would raise their kids to believe this is right! I went to many campaigns (animal activist) and we all fought so much to make people see the wrong in killing animals. we convinced many. but theres many more who need convincing i will keep working until it's done!

That's not so far off from the truth, M. Moses; but it's important to stand up for deer and other "wild," free-living animals before it's too late. And it shouldn't be just because we abhor the senseless, needless killing (but we do); we need to communicate to our government officials, citizens, fellow human beings, that we are on the wrong path: humans thinking we can or should control Nature is not only misguided, but quite dangerous. Humans have thrown everything out of balance, and killing more animals just leads to more imbalance and more killing. The cycle knows no end.

Time to take action on this!

This country's ecosystem is SOOOO messed up. the deer's natural predators are all but extinct.Man has decided to exterminate all wildlife. Soon we will have to go to a zoo to see a tree...

In the State of CT. hunting of any kind, in a wildlife preserve, bow or otherwise, is illegal! I bet the State officials do not know that this is going on. how much did they pay to the local law enforcement to keep their mouths shut? Why do you think it is called a "Preserve"? THis is where the dear and other wildlife are suppose to be safe! Well, Something has to be done about this. Let me obtain a bow and go hunt those people about that? [ Blog dditors' Note: Not at all. The State Department of Environmental Protection sells hunting licenses and benefits from such revenues. Their biologists lobby towns across the state to open lands to hunters, and this influences people in Land Trusts who purport to advance something decent by managing a nature preserve.]

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