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November 28, 2008

Control deer herds with hunts

We are sure we are not the only ones tired of hearing about the deer population getting out of control and roaming into the suburbs (11/25, Local, “Deer numbers raise worry; Shawnee Mission Park says herd threatens fragile ecosystems and the health of visitors”).

There is a very easy solution to this problem: managed deer hunts. It has worked at such parks as Burr Oak Woods and Fleming Park. And for a double winning situation, the meat can be donated to Share the Harvest and help feed our hungry.

Yet many people are against the killing of Bambi’s parents. If these people don’t support these hunts, then they have no reason to be angry about these deer eating their flowers and rubbing on their trees.

There is a food chain in nature, and if one population gets out of control in this circle, we’ll see the consequences. We are the top of the food chain, and it is our responsibility to manage it.

Nick Parks

Kansas City

Matt Anderson

Kansas City


Al Wegener

I think Nick Parks is exactly right. Controlled hunts in Shawnee Mission Park are the solution to overpopulation. Nature has its way of dealing with overpopulation. Either the food supply will run out, the wildlife will spread out to have adequate space, or disease will wipe out the population due to the close proximity the deer are living in. Hunting the deer is a safe and effective way to control the population. If we don’t do anything, deer will continue to reproduce and spread out into the suburbs.

T. Hanson

Where are the coyotes we heard about being such a problem about 7 months ago?


Right on gentlemen, right on.

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