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To the Editor: Author’s Query
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Brian Connally, is a romantic pushover, searching for happiness in
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A number of Princetonians have read or heard Marvin
Harold Cheiten’s "The Hunting of the Deer" (U.S. 1 Summer
Fiction issue, July 23) and been affected by the poem. It would appear
that, if Princeton Township’s objective is to reduce the deer herd,
the program is failing: there are more fawns this year in our
than in the past 18 years. One of the most compelling reasons to
the plan, from the taxpayers’ perspective, is its sheer uselessness.
However, New Jersey’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), which
approved Princeton’s plan after hunting rights were granted to
may see it differently. The DFW approved the plan (according to an
August 13 newspaper report in Town Topics entitled "Township
Bow-Hunting Ordinance") under pressure from the Fish and Game
Council to grant additional hunting rights.
The Council has a vested interest in seeing the "carrying
of the herd increase for the benefit of hunters. Deer hunting for
decades in Princeton has not slowed the tendency of increasing
Even though from 1983-1990 bow hunting accounted for 747 deer kills
and from 1991-1997 bow hunting and shotgun hunting together accounted
for 1,052 kills, the herd steadily increased from 800 in 1991 to 1,300
in 1997 and 1,600 in 2000.
White Buffalo, the firm retained by Princeton Township to kill deer,
reported 1,300 deer in 2000. If one takes the White Buffalo number
and the claimed 950 deer killed since 2000, then subtracts 300 deer
killed by car accidents and hunters (not reported in Township
there should be 50 deer in the Township, not the 610 presently being
reported by the Deer Management Committee.
From a biological perspective, the disconnect is absolutely
the high birthrate is typical of a white-tail deer population under
heavy pressure from overdevelopment and harvesting. Indeed, the impact
of heavy harvesting has been demonstrated experimentally in the Edwin
S. George Reserve in Michigan, when a population reduced to 10 deer
by such harvesting rebounded to 212 in six years — a population
growth rate more than 50 percent per year (statistics cited in
Governor’s Report on Deer Management in New Jersey").
In New Jersey alone, 1 million deer have been exterminated since 1909.
The herd statistics adduced by Princeton Township are characteristic
of rebound, and extrapolation would suggest that Princeton’s "deer
population problem" will not be resolved by the end of the fifth
year of the "five-year plan" of the program, 2005.
Princeton taxpayers and businesses have paid for the extermination
of deer, which is accomplished using a variety of methods. These
the so-called "net-and-bolt method." The captive bolt gun
used is designed for abattoirs, where it is intended that the animal
be in physical restraints, so that the gun can be correctly aimed.
In the woods there are no restraints other than struggling men and
a net, as a result of which the deer may not be killed instantly and
may undergo excruciating suffering.
Correctly used in an abattoir, furthermore, a secondary
measure such as exsanguination is required after the captive gun blow
to ensure the immediate death of the animal. White Buffalo does not
refer to the use of any secondary measure. The gun bolt’s use as a
method of euthanasia is illegal in New Jersey (NJSA 8:23A-1.11) as
is capture and euthanasia (NJSA 23:4-42-4e) and the abuse and torture
of animals in general (NJSA 4:22-26). "Netting and bolting"
has been condemned by the Association of Veterinarians for Animal
Rights (AVAR), the Fund for Animals, and the Humane Society of the
United States (HSUS).
Despite the certainty that the deer do not die quietly and the
that many suffer as they are killed, the designation of euthanasia
("an easy and painless death, "death without suffering")
to be used glibly in press releases and newspaper articles (for
Town Topics, "Township introduces Bow-Hunting Ordinance,"
We have been told that 950 deer have been killed in Princeton Township
in the last three years using the net and bolt method and
If the 50 percent or greater birthrate figure referred to above is
correct, or even close, Princeton’s individual and business taxpayers
are on a slippery slope and will be paying for decades to achieve
numbers deemed sustainable. Taxpayers in Princeton Township can be
compared to Sisyphus, rolling a heavy boulder (the tax burden) up
a hill only to have it roll down, year after year.
Unlike Camus’ version of the myth, many Princetonians are not content
with this toil, nor do many approve of the methods employed to reduce
the deer herd. The Township Committee has never allowed a referendum
on the issue.
On Monday, September 22, at Princeton Township’s public hearing on
the ordinance, taxpayers will seek answers regarding long term deer
birthrate statistics. We hope that Township’s five-person committee
will come around and realize it cannot force tens of thousands of
taxpayers to fund a deer management plan that fails to achieve its
long-term objective of reducing herd size in the Township, for
Sheila M. MacRae
Howe Circle, Princeton
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