Letter to the Editor: Helping control deer problem in Darien

Two whitetail deer roam just outside the gates of Greenwich Land Trust's American Chestnut Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

Two whitetail deer roam just outside the gates of Greenwich Land Trust's American Chestnut Sanctuary in Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

File / Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media

Overpopulation of deer in Darien is not good for anyone or anything.

For us humans, Lyme disease and deer vehicle accidents are an ever-present menace. Over-foraging is disastrous for smaller animals and birds that rely on a healthy understory for safe habitat; for the deer, this results in a compromised herd as food supplies dwindle. And, if you enjoy a beautiful yard, the residential cost of this over-foraging doesn’t need an explanation.

The key part of this problem is that failure to deal with it this year means an even bigger problem next year as each female can produce twins annually.

Bowhunting season continues through Jan. 15. Hunters will hunt your property with no cost to you, harvesting the venison for themselves or donating it to soup kitchens. If you are interested in being a part of the solution to this health and environmental problem, please contact us or pick up a copy of available bowhunters from the Town Clerk at Darien City Hall.

Laurie and Tom McGrath, Darien Deer Management