It was with enormous dismay that I read deer will be killed — not “culled,” let’s call it what it is — on Fire Island [“Culling the herd,” News, Jan. 1].

And why? Because deer are eating plants. People bulldoze and destroy acres of plants, trees and habitats to make malls and housing tracts, and that’s perfectly acceptable. So we urge the killing of innocents for the “crime” of eating holly plants. How in the name of all that is decent do you justify that?

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Make a better choice by excluding hunters from deciding on wildlife policies, as other localities have, and instead consult humane organizations to learn about nonlethal methods. Or leave the animals alone.

Kiley Blackman, Tuckahoe

Editor’s note: The writer is the founder of Animal Defenders of Westchester, an advocacy organization.