Researchers fit deer with GPS collars Atherton, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm
The state's Department of Fish and Game announced this week that it has successfully completed the first phase of a project to capture and monitor deer along a 13-mile stretch of Interstate 280 on the Peninsula.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 15, 2011, 10:44 PM
Posted by Fred, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm
What an absolute waste of time and resources. Simply allow licensed ethical hunters to control the numbers during hunting season. The rules are already in place and it could be an enormous revenue generator during this recession. Sedating deer is not a smart thing to do and puts enormous stress on the animal. Their exploding numbers have deer wandering into neighborhoods...followed by mountain lions. The fatalities above are unnecessary and preventable.
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm
As tragic as these types of accidents are, many of these injuries and fatalities can be reduced by opening up these wildlife areas to hunters. There are proven benefits to animal and people by controlling population herds through hunting.
Posted by Deer Friend, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm
This assanine, inhumane project should be stopped at once! It is dangerous harassment to the deer and a waste of taxpayer money. What is the GPS tracking going to tell these junk-scientists, that a lot of deer live in the corridor along I-280? Duh! Try higher fences. Hunters could thin out some but not all and that sport is way too dangerous this close to civilization.
Posted by Anti-Gun Neighbor, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Dec 18, 2011 at 8:10 am
The comments from my neighbors are worrysome to me. All we need are reckless hunters in the I-280 corridor! Perhaps you can get Dick Cheney to join your little NRA rifle-toting group and we animal-loving citizens can sleep well at night knowing that you are out and about protecting us from Bambi and her offspring. Merry Christmas, heartless Scrooges!
Posted by Anti-Gun Neighbor, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Dec 18, 2011 at 10:55 am
The concept of bow hunters does not bother me as much as the thought of gun-toting hunters. However, I think that it is premature to set any group of hunters loose in our hills.
Are bow hunters licensed? If so, is their licensing tied to their completing some level of training? I find that a disturbing percentage of gun enthusiasts are not trained, feel empowered by carrying a weapon, and are, therefore, quite dangerous.
Also, are there enough Fish & Game personnel to monitor the safety of this hunt? Staffs everywhere seem to be being cut.
I really do support the conservative and thoughtful plan that the Fish and Game is implementing with their study. Information is never bad.
Posted by Robin Hood, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Dec 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm
If any of you have seen the statistics and pictures of wild animals running around with arrows sticking out of them, you'd not be an advocate of such a cruel, brutal, archaic sport. It is rare that an arrow kills instantly. The usual result is an arrow lodged somewhere in the body and the poor animal dies slowly and painfully of massive infection or worse. Higher fences, that's the answser to highway deer-collisions. As the deer proliferate, so do the coyotes, mountain lions and other natural predators. Let them control the deer population naturally, not us.
Posted by Fred, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Ignorance shows its face around the world before the educated get out of bed. Hunting is an annual harvest event. Most hunters know the habitat, respect the animals and take the game in a clean, quick manner. They are skilled trackers and never let an animal suffer. Those who act outside of these principles are called Poachers.
Ethical hunters do not tolerate those who act irresponsibly. No one can hunt in CA without completing and passing a thorough examination and aptitude test. It is regulated and a revenue generator for the state from fees collected. Perhaps facts are being confused with Hollywood's depiction of the irresponsible. Amusing those who cite Bambi reveal the extent of their education. Those who are "anti" everything are viewed as simple minded tomato throwers.
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm
I hope Robin Hood in Menlo Park does not make a complaint when a mountain lion is sitting in his backyard. I'm sure the deer would prefer an even slower death after being hit by a car...have you seen those statistics?
Posted by Actual Hunter, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Dec 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Anyone who understands how many people are hiking,biking and otherwise enjoying that area, and supports hunting in that crowded area, are NOT the type of hunters you want. I absolutely support hunting, but not in an area that's so ripe for a tragedy. To simply open it up to hunters is a simple answer for people who don't understand the complex nature of the area.
Posted by R.Gordon, a resident of another community, on Dec 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm
SHOUTING? MENLO VOTER?
This is as large as I am able to print here although I would like to emphasize with huge letters when I see some of the foolish thinking which is mostly controlled by the editor who is on the daily thinking squad's side and eliminates 70% of my posts with due cause.
is there a place to make large fonts on this novice board?