Hunting helps assure more healthy deer
I really wish Don and Susie Sexton (Daniels must stop sanctioned slaughter, Nov. 12) could have walked down the trails in Brown County State Park back in 1994.
In the absence of natural predators, the deer population had exploded. The animals were starving to death. They were the size of collies, ribs showing and so sick with hunger they had lost their fear of humans. The forest floor up as high as the deer could reach was stripped bare, not a wildflower, not a blade of grass anywhere.
Isnt a controlled hunt once a year more humane? If the population is held in check, the plants come back, and the deer that are left as well as the forest are healthier.
The only alternative to the hunters would be to reintroduce wolves to Indiana. We might lose a few 9-year-old kids on the bike trails each year, but that would keep the mean old hunters from slaughtering deer wholesale each fall.
Wolves, bullets, arrows, pick-up trucks or starvation – one way or another the excess die. They dont stand around in a field of flowers with bluebirds and butterflies and Disney music; they eat and make more deer.
I dont hunt but wish the people who do the best of luck. Hunting is the best solution for Indiana to have a healthy deer population.