Beyond a Government-the-Hunter Paradigm: Challenging Government Policies on Deer in a Critical Ecological Era
This Article examines the current forcible model of deer control sweeping the United States and proposes another model in its stead: one that adapts and works symbiotically with natural processes. Effective resource management and sound environmental ethics are supported by a shift away from heavy-handed animal control. A shift in management perspective makes sense when the presence of deer is officially treated as a “pest” problem. Although, with time and patience, a natural balance could be achieved. Moreover, forcible animal control can diminish biodiversity and exacerbate climate change in ways science is just beginning to understand. Emerging research results indicate the need for policy changes.