O.k...so anyway. Feeding the geese has really left us with a mess around here. Like I said earlier they are not leaving the area for the winter...and their chicks are born and raised here. Not only are the deer getting hit by cars but so are the geese. I went for a walk through a conservation area and saw four deer with injuries from cars. One little buck had snapped its hind leg backward. Lack of bush and feeders are really impacting our wildlife. Baiting animals is a completely different subject so i'm not sure what your point is. Hopefully someone else has some imput.
Let me teach you something, honey---hunting not only assures that there will be plenty of live "targets" for blood thirsty psychopaths to murder year after year after year, but it also wounds countless animals and they linger in agony for hours, days or even weeks. They also are the CAUSES of several DVAs.
Hunting only assures Compensatory Rebound Effect. The compensatory rebound effect is the reproductive response of a species by which a sudden increase in food resources, due to a sudden decrease in the population, induces a high reproductive rate. When applied to deer, it means that when large populations are killed, the
remaining deer benefit from enhanced food supply and begin to produce more deer (twins) and begin to reproduce at a younger age (as early as 1 yr. old).
Those who advocate against deer culls as an effective, long term strategy for reducing deer populations have long argued that killing large populations of deer will only serve to increase the deer herd size in a relatively short period of time because of compensatory rebound. The proof of this argument can be found in wildlife reports from around the country.
Here are just a few examples:
“Mean number of fetuses per pregnant doe was greater on hunted land … than on nonhunted sites… Incidence of twinning [doe producing twins] was 38% on hunted sites and 14% on nonhunted sites. No twinning was observed among pregnant fawns or yearlings from nonhunted areas, whereas 6 of 33 (18%) of the pregnant yearlings and 1 of 3 (33%) pregnant fawns from
hunted areas carried twins.” Richter, A. R., and R. F. Labisky.“Reproductive Dynamics Among
Disjunct White-Tailed Deer Herds in Florida.” J. Wildl. Manage.):964-971 (1985)
“Hunting mortality is believed to be largely compensatory partly because it takes place before the harsh winter period, when most natural deer deaths occur. Because hunting keeps deer
density below maximum, the deer surviving a hunt have more food (better habitat) and come through the winter in better condition than those in unhunted herds.” Robert L. Downing,
wildlife biologist, publisher of over 25 scientific papers on deer, in “Restoring America‟s Wildlife: 1937-1987”. United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service.
Hope that helps.