Archive for Monday, June 8, 2009

Deer removal from park considered

June 8, 2009


— Officials at a suburban Kansas City park are looking at ways to reduce an exploding population of whitetail deer.

Wildlife officials estimate there are about 400 deer in Shawnee Mission Park, about eight times as many as the 1,250-acre site can support.

The Johnson County Park and Recreation board plans to meet on June 17 to discuss how to reduce the deer population. Ideas range from bow hunting to relocation.

Charles Lee, a wildlife expert at Kansas State University, says the deer population has become a nuisance and a threat to the park’s ecological balance.

Officials say fewer deer could mean fewer ticks and less of a threat of Lyme disease.


Rex Russell 8 years, 11 months ago

I got an idea. Why don't you trap all of the coyotes in Dad Perry Park and ship them to Shawnee Mission. Kill two birds with one stone. They can chase all the deer and eat a few.

RoeDapple 8 years, 11 months ago

Sorry Rex, having trouble picturing coyotes taking on a healthy deer population. Culling the herd of the dead or dying, an occasional fawn, maybe. Their main diet consists of mice, rats, rabbit and bugs. Now, if SM would import a few cougar, bobcat, wolves.......

tolawdjk 8 years, 11 months ago

I don't know of a food bank/soup kitchen/rescue mission that would turn away fresh meat. Even if the whole thing was chopped up into stew and chili meat, that is some damn good eatin.

relocation? Is there somewhere that -doesn't- have whitetail deer?

Cooky_the_Cook 8 years, 11 months ago

Get an AC-130 gunship out there some night. They could get all of them in an hour.
boomboomboomboomboom....BOOOM... boomboomboomboomboomboomboom... kaBOOOM!! Just like CoD4, y'all!

feeble 8 years, 11 months ago

The trick is to get the deer herded toward the west end of the park. There is significant residential housing within bowshot of the north and east ends of the park.

Bow hunting is the only viable option for a controlled kill, outside of poison, due to JoCo and Shawnee gun ordinances and close proximity of residential housing.

This is getting to be a very serious problem for the surrounding area, as Lenexa and Shawnee are high population areas, with lots of traffic and immediate access to highways (K7, 435).

RoeDapple 8 years, 11 months ago

Or....... Black helicopters, night vision and Mr Dillon

monkeyspunk 8 years, 11 months ago

feeble needs to also consider the considerable disease situation that arises from increased herd size of deer (and elk).

Deer in these areas do not serve as a food source for top predators. They encourage the tick population as well. They have purpose being there and should be 100% moved or erradicated. They are rats with antlers.

Rex, there are both coyotes and deer in Dad Perry Park. There is also a bobcat.

feeble 8 years, 11 months ago

why do I need to consider that, when I'm already in favor of having the herd culled as soon as possible?

The only problem is using firearms as the park is in city limits and surrounded by private homes (many owned by fairly well to do JoCo residents who would have zero problems getting a lawyer and soaking the city.)

Janet Lowther 8 years, 11 months ago

Really, hunting is the only feasible way to make a significant impact on the deer population. Live trapping deer is just too expensive, and once you've caught 'em what will you do with 'em? Certainly no one around here is going to volunteer to take more of the antlered rats.

Reintroducing predators big enough to attack adult deer would have side effects that would be even less acceptable than the deer. (Like the occasional wolf or cougar having "Fluffy" for lunch.)

Unlike other predators, hunters will stop when you say "season's over." Wolves, cougars, coyotes or whatever, are going to keep eating something, and when ol' Fluffy is easier to catch than the remaining deer, ol' Fluffy is going to be lunch.

Doug Peschka 8 years, 7 months ago

"Let PETA rescue them."

How much do you all want to bet that's NOT going to happen?

Somebody known as Bite Club of KC is trying to rescue the deer from being hunted, with help from some major players in the Animal-Rights movement.

Lawrence-based Animal Outreach of Kansas [AOK], a long-time supporter of PETA, has often, in the past, participated in many Animal-activist activities in the Kansas City area, including protesting of Ringling Bros. and other circuses, Petland, and helping with PETA-sponsored protests of selected KFC locations.

AOK's co-founder, Judy Carman, has long been a devoted opponent to all forms of hunting. Period. And yet, her group's website says nothing about the planned sharpshooting of deer in Shawnee Mission Park.

AOK was once THE "Go-To" group in Lawrence and Kansas City for Animal-Rights support.

So why is AOK so silent about the Shawnee Mission Deer population issue now?

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