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Stop the deer menace |

Stop the deer menace

| Saturday, July 30, 2016 9:00 p.m

The Pennsylvania Game Commission apparently has come to the realization that paid sharpshooters are the best way to reduce the number of deer in areas where chronic wasting disease is prevalent. It is time the Game Commission also recognizes what is best for the public’s health and that sharpshooter-culling is the best way to reduce the out-of-control deer populations in suburban residential communities, where recreational hunting is effectively prohibited.

Suburban deer have become a public menace. They cause numerous vehicle accidents, decimate backyard gardens and shrubs and leave behind piles of E. coli-contaminated excrement. Most importantly, they are the largest carrier of deer ticks, a large percentage of which are infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans. According to the Allegheny County Health Department, Lyme disease is an epidemic locally and throughout the state. White-tailed deer control through the allocation of hunting licenses has failed. Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is insane.



Both writers were diagnosed with Lyme disease in the past two years.

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