What, guns and archers in urban parks? To murder Bambi’s mother?
Sure, but how, exactly?
Just leave them alone.
Many deer will starve. Many will get hit by cars. Much landscaping will be eaten.
Each method has pros and cons, some large, some small, some rational, some not. But each is inherently unworkable, impossible to implement because of vehement opposition from a bunch of people with a radically different perspective.
But perhaps we can find grounds for agreement, if we all start from the same premise: The root cause of today’s overpopulation is that we long ago killed off or drove away all natural predators of deer.
Accordingly, I propose that the best — and most natural — solution to controlling the deer population would be to reintroduce at least two established wolf packs into Rock Creek Park — one in the northern portion of the park and one in the south. There is clearly sufficient prey for both packs to thrive, thereby thinning the deer herd. Also, since deer are hardly the dumb creatures some imagine them to be, many would flee the area, probably forever.
The downside would be some degree of increased danger to bikers and runners throughout the park. Adrenaline junkies, however, might take up these sports just for the thrill of it; imagine: Running with the wolves! How’s that for a D.C.-style, Type A, recreational outlet? Of course, there might be the occasional disappearance of a dog, cat or child.
Alternatively, though they generally prefer a larger geographic roaming area, we could bring in a small number of mountain lions. Or grizzly bears. Everyone loves grizzly bears, right?
Bottom line: Urbanites can’t have everything, all possible ways. Nature just doesn’t work like that.
What’s it going to be?