This is undoubtedly one of the news stories that, regrettably, tears our hearts. In order to “ensure the sustainability of the park,” the City Council of Longueuil in Quebec, Canada, has lately come under fire for choosing to cull half of the deer that dwell in Michel Chartrand Park.
Animal advocates and campaigners are perplexed by the tragic news.
Other choices were made, but none appeared to convince the authorities, who believed that the planned bloodbath was the best choice.
There are 32 white-tailed deer in the park, and 15 of them will be killed because they are endangering the park’s long-term viability.
The Longueuil City Council declared the following in a local news release:
“Since it is considerate of both animal welfare and public concerns, the Michel-Chartrand park’s choice is not the one that the City Council would have preferred to implement. However, a unique approach was required given the park’s distinctive surroundings.
The excessive quantity of deer in the park is destroying the forest, according to the officials. These animals consume the young plants, which drives up the cost of planting for the local government.
Not only do they draw attention to the overcrowding of these little creatures, but they also emphasize that deer overpopulation is a sign of a high danger of traffic accidents in the area of the park as well as damage to nearby properties.
Although the City of Longueuil looked into alternative possibilities, including approving the hunt or relocating the deer, nothing of those were pursued. Evidently, the latter would put the animals through a lot of stress, and the hunt would be dangerous for outsiders.
In light of this tragic development, Olivier Kolmer, a spokesman for Greenpeace, said:
“We must go more into ways to prevent reaching this awful and unfortunate point. The state of this park is a reflection of how we interact with nature and where we leave it. It is directly affected by what we do.”