Fairfax County’s deer population is so out of control that they’re actually permitting hunting in Colvin Run and Laurel Mill parks. Experienced hunters who are members of Suburban Whitetail Deer Management of Northern Virginia will be able to enter the parks in early morning hours to hunt deer using compound bows (not firearms), and meat will be donated to local homeless shelters.
I don’t have the same problem with this that Chris Needham of NBCWashington seems to have. While deer are indeed beautiful, majestic animals, and Bambi was an adorable fawn, they are also basically pests. Big, pretty, pests that can defoliate acres and acres of land. And as someone trying to constantly examine the ethics of meat production and her own consumption, I can’t help pointing out a clean shot from an experienced hunter (after a few years of frolicking in natural habitat, I might add) is a relatively humane way for a mammal to meet its end, certainly no worse than getting ambushed by a mountain lion, and rather a lot better than dying of starvation because of overpopulation. And finally, venison is a cheap, readily-available source of lean protein, making it a perfect thing to donate to food-related charities that are already feeling the pinch of reduced donations and increased demand for services.
So bring on the deer hunt, y’all.