With reference to the need for a cull of deer in the area and recent articles on the method — humane or not — and very emotional speeches and articles in The Echo, Pioneer and Cranbrook’s Daily Townsman, I have a suggestion to make:
Do not kill the deer, but over a five year trial period, steadily tranquilize or sedate and castrate the male deer.
This is a recognized method on farms all over the world to reduce the per cent of males in the poultry, pork, cattle and equine populations of domestic creatures.
Farmers, sons of farmers and veterinarians have been doing castrations for as long as we remember and before!
A humane, non-lethal population reducing method.