Letter: Death Is Part of Nature

To the Editor:

This is in response to the letter from Mary Erdei regarding the proposed bow hunt for Balch Hill in Hanover (“A Preserve Is No Place for Hunting,” Nov. 2). When is she going to “get it”? Man does not live alongside nature. He is a part of it, and in nature, all life is predicated on the death of something else. She seems to think that deer can be stockpiled in a “preserve” and allowed to live out their lives in happy retirement. Unfortunately nature does not work that way. When an area such as Balch Hill is overbrowsed by too many deer, they are all made more susceptible to starvation or predation by coyotes or free-ranging dogs. A well-placed arrow or bullet is a far more humane way to die. She may not approve of hunting, but the only difference between hunters and nonhunters is that hunters kill their own meat and nonhunters pay someone else to do it for them.

Raymond Fetto