I read the recent article about the Town of Ithaca’s Deer Management Plan in the Ithaca Times with some dismay. I am an animal lover, and as I watch lands pushing out animals, insects and green space habitats for development, I have to wonder what will happen to nature.The article was informative to a point. Cornell has a questionable deer management program. I expect a lot more from a World Class Veterinary School & Animal Science Program. When I worked with the Cayuga Deer Organization, I gathered from our community many points of view. Many were sympathetic to the ornamental plants, many to the deer. People mentioned birth control targeting males being easier to practice than on females in the field. Australia is raising deer for consumption. The upshot of the article was the lack of compassion, which I was surprised to witness at different meetings I attended. With scientists like Ann Duryan and the Park Foundation (A.Gomer) supporting a more humane approach to the Deer problem, I say keep trying a better approach and try not to be so one-sided.
–Patricia Shea, Ithaca