Individual's Letter to the Sierra Club
Don Foreman Editor,
Here's why I, for one, didn't renew my membership in the Sierra Club
Without determining how the membership feels, our club's leadership has
endorsed the National Park Service's plans to completely exterminate
the 850 Fallow and 350 Axis Deer from the Point Reyes National Seashore
because they are "not natives".
After being here for over a half century, these beautiful animals have
become a fully naturalized part of this park's ecosystem. At present
population levels they present no measurable threat to the environment
or any other species. But as with the native blacktail deer, if these
animals ever do become so populous that their numbers need controlling,
the herds should be managed, not exterminated. Modern dart-gun
administered contraceptive techniques are but one of the tools
available for this purpose.
We cannot return to some pre-columbian Garden of Eden. This "natives
only" mentality is a bit of bureaucratic ideology that makes no sense
at all; particularly for public lands near civilization. Wild
mustangs, honey bees, cows and Sierra Club back-packers are also not
native to this part of the world, but they are with us whether we like
it or not.