I'm a lifelong resident of Carpentersville. Recently, it has come to my attention that the Kane County Forest Preserve board has approved bow hunting of deer in our forest preserves. I'm very disappointed with this decision.
How could they pass something that many believe to be inhumane and may present multiple safety hazards for people in this community? Who would be liable if someone is accidentally hit with an arrow intended for a deer? Who do we contact if we see a deer roaming our community with an arrow sticking out of its body? What measures will be taken to ensure that this doesn't occur?
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Proponents list many reasons why they believe they an take this risk. One particular reason that I find interesting is that they say it would help decrease Lyme disease. The information that I'm finding shows quite the opposite. Multiple studies show that they is no correlation between a deer population and a decrease in Lyme disease. Information shows that when the numbers of deer are reduced, ticks tend to just congregate at higher densities on the remaining deer. or switch to alternate hosts.
Ticks are not limited to deer. They are also found on birds, mice, foxes, rabbits, opossums and chipmunks. Should we start thinning their numbers as well?
In my opinion, as a taxpayer, it is just too big of a risk to take. I wish this decision would have been put to a referendum to see how the community as a whole truly feels about it. I know that not everyone may share my views on this matter, but I urge those of you who do email or call forest preserve board members and tell them that you do not want bow hunting in our forest preserves.