City Wildlife: What Should be Done?

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    My housing association is just crawling with deer, and it is inside the city limits of Cleveland. An area suburb considered -- then abandoned -- a plan to permit hunting with bows and arrows (I'm not clear on why this is thought to be superior; can't you kill a person with any weapon that would kill a deer?).

    When wildlife encroaches on urban areas, what is the ethical response? These animals are too big to trap and relocate.
     
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    Bowhunting is the best answer.

    Poison will render the meat useless.

    If they try to trap them, they'll have to put most of them down anyway. Trapping deer never goes well, unless you're right there to release or gut them when they become trapped.

    Bow is where it should wind up, with the meat going to shelters. It is the safest, most effective solution in that scenario.

    I'm assuming the homeowners are more concerned with their lawns than they are the deer, and aren't willing to just let the deer be deer.
     
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    Venison is good eating.

    A couple deer butchered and frozen will feed a family for a long time. The meat is as natural as you can get; no hormones, no antibiotics and naturally low in fat.
     
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    Eat Them!!!!!!!!

    They are very high protein & low fat.

    If you cant eat them yourself then donate them to food pantries & shelters.
     
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    The deer do quite a bit of damage to landscaping, yes, but they are traffic hazards and can be aggressive to humans on foot.

    Why is hunting them with bows more ethical than shooting them?

     
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    It isn't more (or less) ethical, but it is a lot safer in a residential area. Arrows don't travel as far as bullets.
     
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    A trained sharpshooter could easily shoot and kill the deer. Also, the deer that have been killed could be processed and given to the homeless shelters for food. It would be a win-win for everybody.
     
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    Here in Minneapolis we have the same problem. Everything from Canada geese to black bear to an occasional cougar. We have a lot of coyotes but they seem to be elusive and easily mistaken for dogs.

    The geese we trap and move. I think they should just be killed and used for food. The black bear we tranquilize and move. The cougar is seldom caught

    For deer we have regular bow and arrow hunts in our larger parks. These hunts are restricted to early morning hours, usually before the parks are open to the public. Signs are posted and folks are warned to stick to the paths.

    These are urban areas and bullets travel way too far to be used safely.
     
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    I concur with what Mini-14 said. Bowhunters typically close to within 10 yards of their prey and the kill is accomplished with no noise, and the risk of a bullet pasing through the animal and hitting someone on the other side is nearly eliminated. Arrows tend to suffer some form of damage that prevents them from over-penetrating which is a huge danger with rifle projectiles. Shotguns loaded with buckshot can be used as well, but even there it is possible for a hole in the pattern to open up or for a "flyer" to zip off in an unanticipated direction and they would be lethal out to 100 yards or so.
     
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    People here seem violently opposed to thinning deer inside an urban area. You can shoot a kid in Cleveland and not make the news, but God help you if you shoot a deer.

    Makes no sense to me.
     
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