Tell Montgomery County Park Police to Stop Wounding and Killing Resident Deer!
  • Petitioned Montgomery Parks Police Chief Antonio DeVaul

This petition was delivered to:

Montgomery Parks Police Chief Antonio DeVaul
Montgomery Parks Wildlife Management

Tell Montgomery County Park Police to Stop Wounding and Killing Resident Deer!

    1. Petition by

      In Defense of Animals

Police sharpshooters have begun killing deer in Montgomery County Park, Maryland, in a misguided attempt to reduce the resident deer numbers. Often touted as a “humane” method, unsuspecting and innocent deer are being shot by snipers, in a war-like scenario.

Horror stories about suffering deer brutally wounded by bow hunters, sharpshooters and other gunners surface every day, with deer seen stumbling around with arrows protruding from their faces and other parts of their bodies, and wounded deer wandering off after being shot, only to die hours or days later in someone’s backyard.

Most of the cruelties inflicted on deer never come to the public’s attention because these acts against these gentle and innocent ungulates are mostly committed at night when the public is not around, or they occur in areas closed off to the public during those ridiculous and cruel slaughters.

A recent incident shows just how inhumane these government-orchestrated “urban hunts” really are. On February 23, 2013, a resident walking in the woods near Brookside Gardens/Wheaton Stables was horrified to find a doe with her jaw ripped open. According to a former hunter familiar with deer culling operations, the wound was caused by a “small caliber exploding bullet” from a gun most likely used by Montgomery County Park Police sharpshooters. The hiker had come to photograph wildlife and instead witnessed an appalling, gruesome scene with a frightened, suffering doe.

Not only did the shooter not follow the injured deer to put her out of her misery, but even after repeated calls and pleads by another resident, Montgomery County Park Police initially refused to come out to end the deer’s suffering. In fact, the dispatcher even laughed when he heard about the injured deer!

The violence and callousness with which urban deer are treated is unacceptable and should not be tolerated! These animals have done nothing wrong and they deserve better.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • avigail schimmel PARIS, FRANCE
      • 4 months ago

      I care about animals

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Avi Goldscheider POTOMAC, MD
      • 4 months ago

      All the parks in Montgomery County will be closing from dusk 'till dawn during January-February in a futile attempt to cull the deer population. Research has shown that in areas where such "management" occurs, the deer population actually increases! It makes sense--surviving deer can eat more from scarce food sources and nature fights back with an increase in twin births the following season. There are much better and more humane ways to keep the deer population safe for all.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Jennifer Darnell ROCKVILLE, MD
      • 4 months ago

      There are more humane ways to control the deer population.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Avi Goldscheider POTOMAC, MD
      • 4 months ago

      The Cabin John trail near our house will be closed for ~a month while the police are conducting this inhumane deer killing. I am appalled and horrified. These are beautiful creatures that we have no right to harm. Developers have slowly taken over their habitats. It sickens me that a place where our families treat as a peaceful oasis is being taken over by police killing deer.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • s. meyer WASHINGTON, DC
      • 5 months ago

      I see the deer where I work in MD. We've taken so much of their land, we have too much traffic and cars on the road and this seems like blaming the deer due to man-made problems. The deer are friendly, harmless, shy of people, and beautiful. They are a wonder to see. We can learn from their peaceful ways.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.