February 19th's issue of the Cornell Daily Sun had an article about the methods in which Cornell will attempt to curb its deer population. I have no problem with taking measures to control deer populations for ecological reasons, since humans have eliminated their natural predators and overpopulated deer can overgraze and alter the natural habitat. However, I do have a problem with the motives this article listed for Cornell's deer control program: deer-vehicle accidents and damage to crops, ornaments, the Arboretum and Botantical Gadens, and research plots. I believe that limiting deer-vehicle accidents is a more serious factor than the other motives listed in the article, but it is still mostly a superficial motive for curbing the deer population because deer are usually to small to harm a person in a collision, they usually just damage the car. The article also said that that Cornell fences was considering putting errecting 8 foot tall fences arround the core of the campus. These fences would be much more of an eyesore than the eyesore of whatever landscaping or "ornamental damage" the deer might cause. Furthermore, I would gladly sacrifice seeing some obscure plant in the Botanical Gardens, that the deer would eat, to spot a deer there instead. As I said before, I am not opposed to controlling Cornell's deer population, but I am opposed to the superficial motives for controlling the population listed in this article.
The article is titled Program Aims to Limit Number of Deer and is written by Alix Dorfman.