In the past six years, Staten Island New York has seen a 3,304 percent increase in white-tailed deer. The obvious response to this, it seems, would be to declare open season on them. Open a 24/7/365 deer season and invite anyone with a rifle or crossbow to come get their “shoot” on. Hit the thugs up on the street and let them know if they want to shoot something without criminal repercussions – well- here is their opportunity to do so.
But wait! The deer have some “aces in the hole” here. For one, the shooting approach may not go over well with high powered (no pun intended) animals right’s groups like PETA. Then too that’s a lot of shooting that could produce a lot of dead deer. More than the local buzzard population could probably handle. The biggest ace of all for the New York Deer is fortunately it is illegal to harm wildlife in New York City. So for now, the deer, continue to relentlessly spawn. Staten Island residents may want to warm up to the taste of deer stew and learn to fashion outerwear out of deer hide. The deer (who probably were privy to the entire island before development) don’t appear interested in going anywhere anytime soon.
The Staten Island issue does raise a question most property owners just as soon never crops up. What if the animals showed up one day to re-acclimate themselves with the lands they once roamed and to a point owned before development forced them away?
I don’t think we could shoot our way out of that one. What do you think?