Commissioners meeting 6-14-16

This coming Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the commissioners will vote to obtain permits needed so the USDA’s APHIS Wildlife Service can evaluate our township’s deer population, and the best way to lower the deer impact using fencing and/or sharpshooting.

We were told that a co-operative service agreement among UDT, the Department of Agriculture and the USDA is needed before deer count can start. It is said, the USDA’s evaluation will cost $8,000 taxpayer money.

We were told the actual killing of deer by USDA involves a sharpshooter, a spotter, baiting, shooting and hauling off deer bodies on certain days from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., perhaps this coming season or next year. The police will cordon off areas. The sharpshooting program is estimated to cost $20,000 to $28,000 per year, taxpayer money.

Some commissioners want the deer of Robbins Park, our nature center, taken lethally with shooting to start as soon as possible maybe this year or next year.

Communities who rely on lethal methods to manage deer create public safety issues, but these communities will have to adhere to a perpetual killing program.

While some like to compare sharpshooting to bow-hunting and say the first is more humane, it may be true that a bullet to the head is more lethal. But animals do not fall over dead instantaneously – that is the stuff of movies. Deer have been documented to move their legs for 9 minutes before they freeze. In reality, there is no such thing as humane killing.

USDA Wildlife Services run by Gino D’Angelo, Ph.D., is in its 16th year or so at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. D’Angelo, took out over 3,100 deer from Fairmount Park. Regardless, the deer population in 3 out of 5 parks doubled last season. So, just where are these deer coming from; can it be only compensatory rebound?

Lower Merion uses the same USDA, Wildlife Services for 7 years, has taken 735 deer.

Solesbury, Bucks County, used USDA Wildlife Services back several years ago that prompted outcries, particularly from an individual who thought that bucks, does and newborn fawns should not be killed in June and called it “unethical and inhumane”, .

There is plenty of evidence that USDA Wildlife Services kills millions of animals yearly — 3.5 million in 2013, 2.7 million in 2014, and is said to misuse $1 billion over 9 years — private funding and our federal tax dollars are at work. This “rogue” agency is named such because it is said to have tested poisons on domestic dogs, uses them on wild life, kills non-target animals, cannot police itself and is unaccountable to anyone. The HSUS wrote a white paper on their preference to use lethal methods and showed the agency killed nearly 6,000 cervids in 2011 [this is a low number].

The question is, do Upper Dublin residents want the USDA’s Wild Life Services killing our deer next season or next year when non-lethal methods could be used?

Reality tells us that the vast majority of Upper Dublin do not want deer killed either by bow and arrow or by sharpshooting. A vote by township residents is fair and should be required before any action is taken. What do you think?

Exposed: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife


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