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Letter: Hunting raises risk of car-deer collisions

Cindy Gavel of Asharoken, stands near a hunted

Cindy Gavel of Asharoken, stands near a hunted deer on her property, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Asharoken has chosen not to restrict bow hunting of deer [“No change on deer hunting,” News, Dec. 7]. However, even with continued bow hunting, the village should prepare residents to see more deer, more collisions between deer and cars, and more wounded deer.

Hunters justify their pastime by blathering about population control, but hunting can increase deer numbers. After a hunt, the spike in food and habitat availability could encourage more animals to move into the area and to reproduce faster.

Hunting also contributes to deer-vehicle collisions. Pennsylvania-based Erie Insurance found that the opening day and opening Saturday of deer season are “two of the most dangerous days to drive.” The Missouri Insurance Information Service reported that hunting is a “major factor” in the rise in deer-vehicle collisions in the last three months of the year. When hunters turn forests into war zones, terrified deer run, often into the road.

It’s time to end this blood sport.

John Di Leonardo, Malverne

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, and a campaigner for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; both are advocacy groups.

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