Charles Island deer killings - Why? March 13, 2011 Connecticut

Charles Island deer killings - Why?  March 13, 2011  Connecticut  Milford-Orange Bulletin  By Bridget Albert 

The recent slaughter of 17 deer on Charles Island has left many scratching their heads trying to understand why an animal welfare organization such as the Audubon Society, Audubon Connecticut that works tirelessly to protect feathered friends would advocate and allow four-legged critters to be systematically hunted and slaughtered.

“This island serves as one of the few remaining breeding colonies of herons and egrets in Connecticut, and the overpopulation of white-tailed deer has over-browsed and destroyed the understory, thus degrading the nesting habitat of these wading birds, hindering the regeneration of native vegetation and reducing themselves to a state of starvation,” Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon Society senior director of science and conservation, said.

But Field Director Laura Simon of the Urban Wildlife Program for the Humane Society of the United States disagrees with this rationale for slaughtering the white-tailed deer.

“For the record, egrets and herons nest high up in mature trees and deer do not climb trees. Nor do they cut them down like beaver,” Simon said. See Simon’s full statement at

“Audubon donors deserve to know that their donations are funding deadly ideas, and Connecticut’s people must insist that the Department of Environmental Protection stop making excuses to kill,” said Nancy Rice of Friends of Animals, a Darien based animal welfare group.

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