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March 01, 2007

Wolves and deer

I would be willing to bet that the two writers from Kansas who were bemoaning the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone have had no objections to deer being reintroduced in Kansas in the mid-’50s.
During the time that I was growing up in southeastern Kansas during the ’40s and ’50s, I spent a lot of time outdoors and never ever saw a deer. There were no car-deer accidents. Now hardly a week goes by without one.
Since their reintroduction, there have been many deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in damage caused by them. All this for the sake of a few who like to hunt!
While the wolves may cause monetary loss, I doubt that there will be any deaths or injuries to people caused by them.
Norman York
Kansas City, Kan.



In this case, the encroachment is the other way around. My maternal Grandfather was a hunter. He hunted in Wyandotte County and other local areas in thee 1890's and 1900's and never saw a deer or a deer track. In the 1930's I hunted over a large part or Wyandotte County and never saw a trace of a deer. In those days very area you could get to with a plow and a mule was cultivated. This is not the case anymore so there is a lot more cover available, and very few predators. The deer population has grown out of hand but is now being threatened by disease.


Over population is the major problem. Deer eat anything a cow does plus a bunch of other stuff. If you have cattle, you ave deer. If you raise grain, you have deep.

Either we find a way to control the population or mother earth will. And mother earth is a cruel momma when it comes to that kind of thing.

T. Hanson

One could say that highway expanstion could have lead to more encrochment on the very land deers use to graze. The Interstate system was still in it's infancy during the 40's and 50's and urban spraw was not even on the radar yet.
Southeastern Kansas I was sure still a lot of farm land which maybe you had a few major roads, but no 75 MPH highways and countless townships with countless suburbs.
I am not against deer hunting, but over population is not the only cause for deer/car accidents.

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