Paul and Sherrie Knez: Don’t kill the deer
November 8, 2010
To the editor:
What has happened in our community? What do the people from the bigger cities see when they come to our community?
Let us give you an idea.
In the summer, they see a rural town with friendly neighborhoods, children playing in the parks, the wave pool full of children and adults, and the sun shining bright on a clear day, not too hot or too cold.
At night, the stars shine bright with nothing to block the view.
By the way, that's with two coal generated power plants operating within miles of town.
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On any given day, you may see an ATV using the streets and, yes, you may see some beautiful deer and/or their babies, the ones our children call, "Bambi."
In the winter, they would see the trees glistening with the ice that formed from the melting snow during the day. They might see snow falling lightly from the sky, snow machines in the back of trucks or trailers, ready to go to the nearby mountains for a fun day in the snow; four-wheelers using the streets and, yes, again, the beautiful deer that grace us with their presence.
We are a rural town, with all the beauty that goes with it, including the deer.
We don't believe the majority of the population wants to see the deer that grace our streets slaughtered. We live in an area where the wildlife is plentiful, along with the livestock that roam the countryside (we do live in an open range area), which means we have to fence them out if we don't want to be bothered with them, and the animals don't know the boundaries.
We sympathize with the people who have had some rather close encounters and we understand that their fears and concerns are real. But, we also feel there is a better way to handle the problem than extermination. Have there been any studies done to see if other communities have had similar problems and what solutions they were able to come up with?
If they must be removed, why not take them out of town and turn them loose? Some will survive if done at the right time of year even though those that are being fed more than likely will not.
Where is the Humane Society in this controversy?
We think it is inhumane to destroy all the deer for just trying to survive. I don't have to ask where our mayor is on the subject. He seems to be in agreement with what's about to take place, regardless of the consequences, and we guarantee there will be some.
We ask all the citizens that don't want to see this travesty take place to call the city and let them know how you feel. Don't wait — let's fight this.
After all, we are known as the Elk Hunting Capital of the World.
How will it look when the news media gets a hold of this story?
Paul and Sherrie Knez