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Re: Deer

Welcome, Claire

> I should not be drawn to this but would comment that I fence 1 and 1/2
> acres.  I own a great many more than that.  The rest is free to all wildlife
> but the balance is upset.  I have owned my farm for nearly 12 years and spent
> my young years in NYC alternating with the Adirondacks.  I have seen a lot of
> deer, bears as well.  We in our family, by choice, do not shoot anything.
> This discussion does show the many sides of a situation, I am welcomed and
> cautioned in the same post.  Worry not, Marge and I have been around with the
> deer for years and have heard most of these comments.  Would I live in a
> suburban area and wish to garden, I would fence the garden.  Gardens are
> history, they are therapy and I thought the subject of this list.
> Environmental differences are not a garden topic though related.
> Environmental issues widen the subject beyond the scope of gardening though I
> expect that statement will also be challenged.  My comment now and the
> previous posts allude to new thinking on the subject with both gardeners and
> animals being considered.  A fence, there are fences in the Bible, is not
> blemish on the environment.  With that I retire from the deer issue.  I sat
> on regional board for a while that dealt with deer.  Nobody on that board
> rejected any thought presented. This issue is not going away.  From longtime
> listening to hort. lists I have learned there is vast difference in culture
> (gardening method) from one end of the country to the country and it follows
> that opinion also differs.  There is, I hope, room for all.
> Claire A.Peplowski
> NYS z4
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