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.

Bridget Irons
Chestnut Hill


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).

Susan Haidar
Supervisor, Mt. Airy Playground

  • Chris Thomas

    “the deer on the truck would now not get hit by cars.” What an uncouth statement by this man who shows absolutely no sympathy or mercy for another living being. Deer cross roads very carefully and wait for cars to pass unless a human sits in the woods ready to shoot them which they sense. Does this guy think deer can’t feel pain? Killing another being for sport or just to kill them because they exist like USDA WS does with Parks cleaning up for them is not healthy human behavior.

    • Tiny

      The problem is that we killed all of the deers natural predators – mainly mountain lions. This was because they are dangerous to us also.

      Now, I don’t enjoy suffering of animals – I’m a vegetarian for that very reason. However, car / deer related accidents is a thing… and it is directly related to over population of deer. My understanding is that these deer are not wasted, but rather used for food etc.

      • Chris Thomas

        Deer have predators. Foxes, coyotes, (bob cats and bear in the woods). To reduce deer/car accidents, speeding shouldn’t happen especially in the middle of the night or early hours while driving on a road through the woods such as Bells Mills. But hardly any deer are ever seen in the Wissahickon Park, so the overpopulation excuse is most likely just that – an excuse to kill them.

        Don’t forget, the lead bullets used by USDA WS break into hundreds of fragments some so small, they can’t be seen by a radio-graph. These are ingested along with deer meat by unsuspecting disadvantaged children, adults and even prisoners held by the state. 60% of ground deer meat contain lead fragments that will possible interfere with renal, endocrine, cardiovascular and nervous systems by mimicking calcium in the body. It’s great you’re a vegetarian!

        • Tiny

          I don’t think there are any coyotes in the wiss. and foxes aren’t likely to take down a full grown deer.

          I never heard anything about the bullet thing… don’t hunters use the same bullets?

          Again, I’m not saying it’s right to kill animals… just saying, there are reasons.