Complaint: “We need to do something! Populations are exploding, causing crashes, eating our entire flora!”
Response: "Deer populations are a direct result of the Ohio Division of Wildlife master plan to keep ‘maximum sustainable yield’ for hunters, who bring in nearly half its annual profit. Killing has the ironic result of stable, rebounding populations.
Response: “Planting native, deer-resistant perennials, not nonnative plantings and invasive species, solves much of the problem. Ohio boasts over 2,000 gorgeous native species, many, deer-resident.
Response: “According to the CVNP study, nonnative earthworm soil compaction is what’s causing understory problems, not deer, which actually fertilize soils.”
Complaint: “Deer carry the dreaded Lyme Disease!”
Response: “The black-legged tick has over 100 hosts, including protected birds. Temporarily decreasing deer numbers does nothing but ironically cause ticks to seek secondary, large hosts, thereby increasing human/pet infections."