The National Park Service was preparing to use sharpshooters to bait and kill deer in Rock Creek Park. When activists brought suit in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, they were rewarded with a stay until the court rules sometime in March 2013.
According to a news story, “Over the years, animal-rights activists have suggested a range of solutions for thinning the herd, ranging from trapping and relocating to reintroducing more predators into the park.”
As with any urban park where there are no predators to balance nature, certain prey populations flourish. This has been the case in Rock Creek Park, which cuts through Washington, D.C., and has over 2,000 acres of green land, recreational facilities, and paths.
Living with wildlife, especially in heavily congested areas, does create some issues between human and nonhuman animals. However, the solution should not be to destroy life but to determine better ways to manage life.
Take Action: According to Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” If there is an animal-related issue in your community, why not gather your group of thoughtful, committed citizens and change your world?
Washington, D.C. residents, please send a polite note to the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court expressing your concern that killing nature is not the best way to manage nature.
Honorable Royce C. Lamberth
Federal District Court for the District of Columbia
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tele. No.: 202-354-3000