Oh, Deer

Opinion / Letter to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / January 13, 2004

To the Editor:

Yesterday, the Jan. 6 edition of the Christian Science Monitor arrived in my post office box.

There is an article on Page 2 titled, "Of deer and men: how a hunt has riled a suburb."

A picture of Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, and a picture of Thomas Baptist, the executive director of Audubon Connecticut accompany the article.

The controversy involves the deer who occupy the 285-acre Greenwich Audubon sanctuary. With no natural enemies in the sanctuary, the deer have increased in number and are gnawing away at wildflowers and saplings of oak and hickory trees. Gone completely are the trees. Greenwich Audubon wants a hunt with bows and arrows to restore a balance between plants and animals. Naturally, Friends of Animals oppose the hunt.

A Robert Delaney of the Greenwich Sportsmen & Landowners Association says the animal rights activists have lost their sense of balance in ideology. "They talk loud, but they don't do anything," he says. "If you look at ... where they spend their money, they don't make any contributions to any animals or habitats. They use it to get a lot of media attention."

Alaska could help solve this controversy by shipping a few wolves to Greenwich. I would guess that centuries ago, wolves were present where Connecticut now exists.

This would also give Priscilla Feral the opportunity to howl with a wolf. That would be an interesting duet.

Sincerely yours,

John Hall / Fairbanks

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