Upper Dublin, Is this what our kids should learn? October 20, 2018 Pennsylvania

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Is this what our kids should learn? October 20, 2018 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News     — Chris Posey, Upper Dublin. Used by permission.

The extermination of our deer by USDA Wildlife Services ended for 2018 at a cost of $19,000, including deer processing, but they plan to be back next winter with access to more private property at a greater cost. [66 deer killed]

Do we really want to have our kids see this, or should we use nonviolent methods to encourage compassion, safety toward wildlife, taxpayers, residents and especially the young ones?

USDA WS baited the deer in many parks, but over 38 percent of the deer taken were from the 25-acre private property of BET Investments and also from the 50-acre BT Dreshertown, both to be developed by BET. According to USDA WS records, there were two older deer killed along with 12 fawns and yearlings in one minute on March 1 at 12:30 a.m.; 14 were killed at that time at the BET Investments property, according to a USDA WS data sheet. They used Remington bolt-action rifles; therefore, hitting all of them in the brain, as they say they do, is highly questionable. This massacre required multiple shooters. No one supervised USDA, and they refused a request to use non-lead bullets. Therefore, the poor kids served by Philabundance most likely also ate fine lead particles along with their deer meat.

Of the total deer taken, two-thirds were fawns and yearlings of our township. It takes unusual people to kill baby animals. Morality is based and assimilated by showing examples of compassion and empathy. But we are showing that it’s OK to kill deer, including the young. Is this what our kids should learn?

Someone asked, is it better to kill the fawns or wait until they are older? The answer is that nature abhors a vacuum. Other deer will fill the void. The same agent of the USDA WS who shot the deer of Upper Dublin cleared out 78 percent of the deer in Solebury Township from 2007 to 2009. Within two years, the deer population was back up and surpassed initial counts in 2013 because other deer moved in.

Accepting USDA WS’ “estimate” of township deer population is questionable since computer inputs are not public. It could mean that the data is grossly incorrect.

The township made a major mistake by hiring the USDA WS to estimate the deer population because it has a financial interest in “getting the job.” In fact, did anyone ask the archers for their estimates?

USDA WS was scheduled to shoot deer from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but they shot deer at MonDaug Bark Park at 8:25 p.m. and 8:34 p.m. and Mondauck Commons at 8:41 p.m. and 8:42 p.m. on March 6. This is very dangerous to people walking their dogs at night.

If the township really wants to reduce deer/vehicle accidents, they would reduce the speed limit on Susquehanna, Limekiln Pike and Welsh Roads and include deer hot spots to watch. There are at least three identified hot spots without any major study. Susquehanna is a “race course” at 6:30 a.m. during the week without any police presence.

USDA WS wants to be back next February, but this time they will be shooting on more private property regardless of the acreage and will cost more money. Should our kids see this kind of killing so close to their homes with reduced safety zones?

Upper Dublin is quickly moving away from the “family oriented” township that we have loved and want to continue to live in. There are many nonviolent means of living with the few deer we have in our township that could be emphasized instead. The township residents should take a vote on this long, costly project. Please tell your commissioners what you think.




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