I read in The Star about the “exploding” deer population in Shawnee Mission Park and the concern from the Lyme Association of Greater Kansas City about the spread of Lyme disease through deer ticks (2/5, Local, “Outcry grows to cull deer at Shawnee Mission Park”).
I have visited Shawnee Mission Park twice a day for the last two years. Approximately twice a week I see a small herd of about five deer by the 87th Street entrance to the park. When I walk in the woods I see no evidence of deer damage to the vegetation.
Further, in all that time I have yet to receive a tick bite.
Many people go to our parks to see wildlife. I vote for finding a way to coexist with our native plants and wildlife.