You can start with this editorial (while it is an editorial it has a number of jumping off points) http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Hunting-has-increased-deer-population-not-643259.php
Sport hunting likes to focus on bucks. When they do a "deer mgmt plan" they basically have to give hunters an incentive to "earn a buck" by hunting a doe. One buck can impregnate a whole herd of females, so you can see how the math works with this and the finger can be pointed directly at hunting for large deer herds. Plus, when there is a lot of hunting the females tend to produce more fawns. Sudden drops in population generally leads to increased reproduction.
Basically, hunting fees pay the salaries of the wildlife managers so they keep up these ineffective programs and preach hunting as the gospel truth. Hunters act like they favor keeping deer herds low, but the fact is they want high numbers. Some deer herds fit the criteria for deer birth control darting. Hastings NY is going to try that. Hopefully, the logistics of this will get better and that will prove to be a long term solution for other areas. View Comment
Who said we should do nothing? It is time we stopped buying into the party line that hunting controls deer population. Hunters WANT high populations of deer. The LAST thing any hunter wants is to have very low numbers of deer. When that happens the govt usually takes steps to increase the deer population. When you look at the disaster that is called "wildlife management" you can trace it all back to hunting and our culture/govt's support of this niche sport. Killing bucks only makes the deer population increase. Deer populations are managed for the purpose of keeping hunters happy. If the Wolf Conservatory wants deer meat, then let them go out and shoot deer for that purpose. But allowing a sport to dictate wildlife management is/has always been a disaster. View Comment
So he gets "probation." He duped the Scarsdale taxpayers for 15 years, had close access to children while being a drug addict, was a regular customer of a prostitution ring that was convicted of human trafficking, and tipped the pimp off to the investigation by blaming the "girls" (probably prompting severe beatings and/or rapes as retaliation) and he walks. He will probably be collecting a nice retirement plan courtesy of the taxpayers as well. View Comment
It is a little late for egg oiling to be considered humane. Goslings are days away from hatching. The USDA should have gotten their act together and finished this all mid month. They make millions of dollars off of these contracts, and get millions more from taxpayers. Why couldn't they have oiled every egg in a reasonable time frame? View Comment
Good for Hastings! Bow hunting is the cruelest way to die. I cannot imagine any civilized person thinking it is okay to impale a living thing with an arrow. It is time we begin to use science and intelligence to solve our problems, not crude cave-man tools. I hope Hastings sets an example for Westchester County parks---which use bow hunting to kill deer. View Comment
I have to respectfully disagree with Ms. Doornick about this. It would be nice to leave them alone, but the fact is that as their numbers increase so does the public's negative feelings towards them and hence this controversy over killing them.
Egg-oiling is something that is used in conjunction with hazing (border collies to deter geese from certain areas) with great success. Greenwich has been using this nonlethal combination since 2006 and keeps the goose population stable and conflicts at a minimum. If we "just leave the geese alone" the sad reality is that they will be killed.
Good for them. Ethics aside, killing geese is ridiculous from a pragmatic perspective since a bunch of new geese replace the dead ones.
Egg oiling is good for birth control. They have a machine to clean the fields. There are ways to chase the birds off of certain areas...this is life in Westchester County. Geese are a part of the landscape. If we can figure out how to clean their poop, and stabilize population growth with the birth control, that seems a reasonable way to go.
Their sign says it all. If we can't figure out how to coexist with a bunch of geese, what hope is there for the planet. View Comment
Bravo to the town government. I hope they will explore annual egg-oiling to keep the population in check. This consists of coating eggs with corn oil to prevent hatching. Totally non-toxic, and the town can enlist community volunteers to help with this. View Comment
It is time for the circus to move on. I would not bring my family to such an event. The wild animals, such as elephants and bears, are treated horribly, chained up, hit with whips and bullhooks, and deprived of a decent environment. No thanks. View Comment
The bamboo surrounded the perimeter of my house before I moved in. Technically, none of it is on my property. All I need to do to control its spreading is occasionally go out to the yard with an ax and sever the shoots, and snake-like tentacles (don't know the technical term). The problem arises when it is planted near pavement. You cannot see where it is growing until it runs into your foundation or buckles up your driveway. I have solved this by finding the source, and hacking at that. So far, so good. Yes, it has provided some minor inconveniences, but some MAJOR benefits. It is green all year round, the breeze makes a beautiful sound rushing through it, birds love to hang out in there, it provides excellent privacy, has an exotic, otherworldly feel...and many more. A neighbor on one side of me took all of it away. They chose not to replace it with anything. Now I look at the side of their garage and have to keep my blinds closed for privacy. I'd rather have the bamboo. Since none of the bamboo is actually mine, I pray that my other neighbors do not follow suit because then I will feel like I am back living in the city---crowded, looking at buildings, rather than green Westchester. I like the bamboo. Would I plant it myself, knowing what I know? Probably not. I'd choose another plant. But I would sorely miss it if it was taken away. View Comment
Kudos to the Board for having compassion, and also humility to reconsider and look for alternative solutions to violence It is very easy to wield the word "kill" from the comfort of our homes, and quite another to witness the life of a living creature being taken. It is important to note that the tall grass needs to be around the perimeter of the pond, mainly to make the geese feel like their vision is blocked. They tend to like to dine on short, mowed grass, so letting it grow a bit might be a deterrent. Birth control, either through egg addling or Ovo control seems like a logical thing to maintain population at a manageable rate. I have to say, I like the geese. I live in Scarsdale, and it would be sad to see them leave the pond. I wonder why we can't just tolerate one flock that we administer birth control to. Last time I was at the pond there were just 9 geese. What is the matter with us as a community that we can't tolerate 9 geese. View Comment
The DA has time to go after crimes of any nature. That's what we pay for. If you check the scientific literature on the topic of animal abuse, you will see that it is linked with domestic violence, child abuse, drugs, murder, and many other crimes. View Comment
Thank you for making animal cruelty a priority. Animal cruelty rarely occurs in a vacuum and is often linked to domestic violence, drugs, and other crimes. As other commenters have noted, it would also be helpful if we could extend this justice to wildlife, such as Canada geese, who are slaughtered in Westchester County.
After doing some research on this issue, it seems clear that Scarsdale has been presented with many other humane options. It also seems clear that most residents like the geese, and that problems of poop and population can be addressed without killing. Furthermore, it seems abundantly clear that killing geese is not effective AT ALL. They have no excuse.
What is wrong with people? If a sterile environment is what you want, then move into a high-rise in the city and have fun gazing at concrete and asphalt and gagging on vehicle exhaust. If you live in the suburbs around nature, then deal with it. View Comment