Upset by deer culling scene
Wednesday, Jan. 10 was a day I’ll never forget. It was 10:45 p.m. when on Bells Mill Road I came upon a gruesome sight.
Traffic had slowed down because two vehicles had pulled over. One was a pickup truck, which I quickly realized was our federal government’s Wildlife Services, which has been killing deer in Fairmount Park since 2001. The other, a dark-colored vehicle, accompanied Wildlife Services to ensure noninterference with the project.
A number of deer lured with bait placed about 40 feet at most from the road had been killed and loaded onto the truck in plain sight. The scene was thoroughly disgusting and most distressing.
I entered into a discussion with a man there who said he was with Parks and Recreation. One comment he made was not well received. He said that the deer on the truck would now not get hit by cars. I fired back that placing bait so close to roads puts motorists and deer at risk. As I drove away I said to them in a very loud voice that enough is enough.
As long as this siege continues, discretion must be used as Wildlife Services goes about its dirty business.
Thanks for park help
The Mt. Airy Playground Advisory Council wants to extend a huge thank you to the 30 plus volunteers who came to clean the playground on MLK Day, and to High Point Café for sending delicious breakfast and lunch items for these volunteers.
Grounds were raked, closets organized, tables covered, etc., all in an effort to better serve the Mt. Airy community.
With Lovett Library’s renovation complete, both neighborhood resources will have great programs to offer. A few pizzas from Golden Crust as we closed up our session were an extra bonus (The young football players on site were delighted).
Supervisor, Mt. Airy Playground