In spite of the annual Presque Isle deer hunt held every year, the park’s deer population continues to increase. “The peninsula is a fragile ecosystem.’ says park ranger Pat Dexter.
“The park can really only handle a deer herd of about 15 to 20 head, and right now there are over 100 deer out there.” Dexter said that the annual winter hunt has failed to significantly reduce the deer herd to a sustainable number. “The problem is that we are not getting enough hunters applying for the deer hunt here.” he told us. “On one hand they love the easy close range shot at a deer that’s very accustomed to people. On the other hand there is the very real concern that their fellow hunting bros will call them sissies for shooting tame deer.”
To solve this problem Dexter approached Scott Mitchell of the Erie Zoo. “We brainstormed,” said Dexter…
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