FOTWD $500 Challenge to EAC, The Sierra Club, and Audubon Society
The Friends of the White Deer hereby offers a $500.00 challenge-donation to the
EAC, The Sierra Club, and The Audubon Society. We challenge these groups to poll their
membership. If poll results prove that members truly support the Park Service's
program to exterminate all of the Fallow and Axis Deer from the Point Reyes
National Seashore, Friends of the White Deer will donate $500.00 to the named
We believe that members of these organizations, many of whom belong to Friends
of the White Deer, disagree with the pro-extermination position that their
leadership has taken. We believe that members favor some kind of management program
that would stabilize Fallow and Axis Deer herd sizes at some sustainable level.
Over half of these approximately 1,200 animals have already been killed. The
surviving deer offer no threat to the environment, and their herd sizes can easily
be maintained at these new population levels.
One solution to this divisive issue would be to now move to either 'Alternative B'
or 'Alternative C' of the Park Service's own Environmental Impact Statement. Both
these plans envision precisely just such reasonable management programs at the now
reduced population levels.
We challenge the EAC, Audubon, and Sierra Club to poll their members and ask them
how they feel about the following two statements:
1. "The Fallow and Axis Deer should be completely exterminated from the
Point Reyes National Seashore."
2. "The Fallow and Axis Deer should not be exterminated, but their herd
sizes should be managed at sustainable levels."
Members should be given a choice of responses such as: agree, strongly agree,
disagree, strongly disagree, and no opinion.
FOTWD challenges your groups to discover where your members truly stand on this
important local issue.