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The Selectmen of Weston, MA recently approved bow hunting as a way of controlling the deer population. Hunting in a suburban area like Weston is unsafe. People and their dogs hike on the trails in the town forest and could be injured accidentally by bow hunters. Bow hunting is extremely cruel. Statistics show that half of the deer hit by hunters' arrows don't die immediately. Some wonder off and die days later. Bow hunting is an ineffective way to manage Lyme Disease. Although the Selectmen are hoping that allowing hunting on town land will decrease the incidents of Lyme Disease, research has shown that hunting like this can actually increase the levels of human infection because once the number of deer is lowered more ticks are liable to be attracted to human and canine hosts. So to sum things up, bow hunting is unsafe, cruel and ineffective.

Letter to
The Board of Selectmen of Weston, MA


The Selectmen of Weston, MA recently approved bow hunting as a way of controlling the deer population. Hunting in a suburban area like Weston is unsafe. People and their dogs hike on the trails in the town forest and could be injured accidentally by bow hunters. Bow hunting is extremely cruel. Statistics show that half of the deer hit by hunters' arrows don't die immediately. Some wonder off and die days later. Bow hunting is an ineffective way to manage Lyme Disease. Although the Selectmen are hoping that allowing hunting on town land will decrease the incidents of Lyme Disease, research has shown that hunting like this can actually increase the levels of human infection because once the number of deer is lowered more ticks are liable to be attracted to human and canine hosts. So to sum things up, bow hunting is unsafe, cruel and ineffective.