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Attend public hearing Aug. 2 to stop the slaughter of deer in Blue Hills Reservation

July 15, 2016 | Take Action / hunting

The slaughter of deer who call the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation home is set to return in November and December—this time bow and arrows will be allowed over more days and a larger area—and we need our Massachusetts members to attend a public hearing on Aug. 2 and oppose this bloodshed.

The public hearing will take place Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Blue Hills Regional Technical School Cafeteria, 800 Randolph St., Canton, Mass. You can also click here to submit written comments on the draft 2016 Blue Hills Deer Management Plan, or write to the DCR Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway St., 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.  The deadline for submitting written comments is Friday, Aug. 5. Or email Gov. Charlie Baker here.

The 2015 hunt was the first since the land came under state protection in 1893. If deer aren’t safe in a reservation, where are they supposed to live? The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife does not even know how many deer are in the reservation— which extends into Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Randolph, and Dedham— as they have not evaluated the population in 3 ½ years.

What we at Friends of Animals knows is that the human populations have grown over the last five years in all of these towns. Here are the numbers: The population of Milton is 27,360, up from 27,003 in 2010. The population of Quincy is 93, 397, up from 92,271 in 2010. The population of Braintree is 37,362, up from 35,744 in 2010. The population of Canton is 22,510, up from 21,561 in 2010. The population of Randolph is 33,629, up from 32,158. The population of Dedham is 25,473, up from 24,729 in 2010. That’s 5415 more people living around the reservation currently than there used to be just five years ago.

People who spoke against the plan at a July 12 public hearing cited seemingly inflated deer counts, safety concerns and the welfare of the animals as reasons for opposing the plan. Susan Coffey of Milton said she didn’t trust any of the information provided by the state. “For the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation to have the audacity and the nerve to have deer killed in a reservation, I’m sorry; I don’t believe anything that you’re saying,” she said. “And archery now? I think it’s insane.”

Friends of Animals couldn’t agree more. We oppose the DCR’s scapegoating of deer under the guise of preserving plants while giving itself and its land over to hunting interests. We advocate for other methods to protect areas from heavy browsing, like fencing that can inconspicuously protect sensitive plants inside the reservation.

The living treasures of the Blue Hills include flora, fauna and natural phenomena – from coyotes to copperheads, dogwoods to lady's slippers, and turkey vultures to dragonflies. A great variety of plant and animal life thrive in the diverse habitats, including several rare and endangered species in Massachusetts, such as the timber rattlesnake. FoA is adamant hunting should never be allowed in this or any nature reservation.


I and my entire family ask that you immediately put under protection the animals on The Blue Hills reservation. Hunting should never be allowed. It is not an option in times of multiple alternatives to population control. This is the century of the animal and if they aren’t safe in a reservation, where are they supposed to live?

Camillle Hanson & family

All wild animals have the right to live out their lives. It's human greed and destruction that causes all trouble.

All wild animals have the right to live out their lives. It's human greed and destruction that causes all trouble.

animals have as much right as us to enjoy and live peacefully on this planet

This is supposed to be a safe place for these deer . We should protect them . Not play God with nature . They have natural predators , and we should not interfere with the natural balance of the environment please stop this travesty called a hunt . It is a massacre of innocent beautiful sentient beings .

Stop the senseless abuse and horrific slaughter of innocent animals !!!


"There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities. No place to listen to the leaves of spring or the rustle of insect wings. But perhaps because I am a savage and do not understand – the clatter only seems to insult the ears. And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lovely cry of the whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night? The Indian prefers the soft sound of the wind itself cleansed by a mid-day rain, or scented by a pinõn pine: The air is precious to the redman. For all things share the same breath – the beasts, the trees, and the man. The white man does not seem to notice the air he breathes. Like a man dying for many days, he is numb to the stench."
-Chief Seattle.

Please do not allow hunting on these lands

Stop the slaughter ~ Save the deer


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