Hey Tree-humpers, have you met ‘the law of unintended consequences?’ You have now.
If you work for a naturalist society and your job is to restore a nature sanctuary eaten alive by ravenous deer, your options for eradicating the pesky but otherwise charming creatures are somewhat limited.
For instance, you can’t kill them.
So before sunrise Sunday, the director of restoration for the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Md., organized more than 100 volunteers at the organization’s Woodend Sanctuary for a deer drive.
Yeah, in this deer sanctuary in Chevy Chase Maryland, there are more deer living on the land than the land can support.
Normally, that is handled by natural predators or hunters who know a thing or two about wildlife management.
What are the unintended consequences?
Along with the rest of the region, Woodend Sanctuary has been overrun by deer — at their worst, about 30 of them, which is roughly 24 times as many as the land can support. In scientific terms, the deer have been “browsing excessively.”
They are eating everything in sight.
The natural layers of plants and shrubs have been gobbled up and invasive species have taken over. When trees die, there are no saplings left for new ones to grow.
“The degradation has also caused the loss of ground-nesting and understory-adapted birds at Woodend such as the eastern towhee and the wood thrush,” the society says in informational materials, “as well as myriad insect communities that support local food webs but require a lush forest understory to thrive.”
Source: Washington Post
But of course, these ‘compassionate’ animal-rights activists are so much wiser than the rest of us. This is the first time EVER that ‘helping nature out’ has gone wrong. Right?
Because nothing like that happened at Yellowstone. Or anywhere else in the world, right?
If a person looked to Scripture and paid particular attention to the passages within the Bible that address the topic of hunting, then they’d walk away thinking not only is hunting animals tolerated but it is endorsed by God. And that’s exactly what this little book is about: proving that God, from Genesis to Revelation, is extremely cool with hunters and hunting. I’ll go out on a biblical limb and claim right off the bat that you cannot show me, through the balance of the Bible, that the God of the Scripture is against the responsible killing and the grilling of the animals He created. ~Doug Giles