To the Editor:
In response to the article, "Deer Cull Enters Fifth and Final Year" (Town Topics, December 22), I can only say, "How stupid." If people who make decisions were informed, they would never approve a losing deer management scheme such as Princeton's. If people who vote for officials were informed, they would not return them to power. We can only hope that, sooner instead of later, people will take time to learn the facts.
The Princeton Township Committee authorized a fifth year of captive bolting and rifle shooting by contractor Anthony DeNicola, along with two independent counts of the Township's deer population.
Although it's clear that there is substantial support for non-lethal measures, the Township Committee decided five years ago that DeNicola's single, bloody approach was the cure for all their perceived deer problems, and that no other approach was worthy of trying on any single one of the problems.
Opponents of Princeton's deer plan have correctly said that killing spurs reproduction, and is therefore self-defeating. That's Biology 101.
When the deer counts are finished, the Township Committee will manipulate the facts, but the opponents will be proved right.
This is hardly the final year of deer killing by DeNicola. DeNicola succeeded in duping the Township Committee, and he no doubt will be laughing all the way to the bank for many years to come.
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