Put our ecosystem back in balance: control deer overpopulation on Orcas Island

Put our ecosystem back in balance: control deer overpopulation on Orcas Island

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Justin Krause started this petition to Orcas Island Public Policymakers and

Deer overpopulation is threatening the natural ecosystems of Orcas Island. We call on public policymakers to enable well-regulated hunting on our island for two designated, publicized weeks, with the goal of quickly reducing deer populations to sustainable levels.

Biologists and wildlife experts are aligned on the need to control the deer population. Countless species of plants and animals are being harmed by the decimation of the understory due to overgrazing, but vocal neighbors are preventing action. Your signature tells policymakers that there are Islanders who want to address this problem — and want action to protect biodiversity and sustainability on Orcas Island.

Please see these links for more details:

SeaDoc Presentation

Deer Wars

For two designated weeks, we support the following:

  1. Open up lands owned by the Land Bank at Turtleback and elsewhere to hunting.
  2. Request a special exception to allow hunting in Moran State Park.
  3. Encourage our neighbors to allow hunting on their lands as part of the Private Lands Access Program.
  4. We urge the Dept of Fish and Wildlife to do everything possible to enable a reduction of deer population to sustainable levels.

The Dept of Fish and Wildlife tightly regulates activities (including firearms allowed to maintain safety in an island environment).

We ask that hunters donate half their harvest to the island, for a community celebration and donation to the Food Bank.

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