“The other side of the equation is, what would happen if we weren’t killing the deer, and ultimately the population goes up to the point where they are eating out their food supply, and they become unhealthy. Starvation is certainly one of the options there, that’s not a particularly pleasant way to die,” says Gibbs.
Montgomery County averages about 2,000 car crashes a year due to deer.
“The other thing to consider, and people don’t like to hear this, the simple truth is it’s not a Walt Disney movie out there. Most wild animals die a traumatic, painful death,” says Gibbs.
“They’re captured by a predator, in the case of deer, they’re hit by a car. They get a disease. They starve to death. None of those by human standards are a pleasant way to die. So the reality is being shot is not a bad way to go.”
Carol Grunewald, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, disagrees.
“This is not what we want in the nation’s capital. This is a world-class city. People are civilized here, and we would really like to move on to the 21st century and use rational, scientific technology that we have at our disposal,” says Grunewald.
“We don’t need to go back into the dark ages and kill, kill, kill.”