Letter writer Helen Smith [“A deer price to pay,” Dec. 7] feels ashamed that humans are taking up arms to control the rampant deer population in our suburbs. Deer might be “peaceful, gentle creatures,” as Ms. Smith wrote, but they have the potential not only to destroy plant life in our gardens but also, when they invade our roads, to kill human beings. I would much prefer to hear that we took control of our deer population so that I never have to hear about an automobile accident in which even one human life was lost because of a deer.

When a deer can be a doctor, a nurse, a hospice worker, a teacher or a social worker, then I might take sides with the animals. 

Hilary Donovan, Arlington