Humane answer is possible
One of the reasons my family chose to live in this beautiful coastal area 16 years ago was because of its unspoiled beauty and obvious respect for nature.

Recently, however, there have been things which concern me greatly about the future of our barrier islands and mainland.

Talk of problems with the deer population on Jekyll island has prompted some talk of introducing bobcats and using sharpshooters to reduce the population. It doesn't seem logical to introduce another predator whose unchecked growth comes with another set of problems to deal with in the future.

Sharpshooters in a highly populated tourist area and state park is disconcerting as well.

Birth control for deer has proved effective in similar situations and is not as costly as one would think.

Another issue as of late is the growing numbers of proponents of euthanizing feral cats in great numbers. Trap, neuter and release programs do work. I speak from experience.

The culture of respect for life as evidenced by the lighting changes on Jekyll Island for nesting turtles, the turtle center, the no kill shelter at the Humane Society and the preventing of unnecessary defoliation of the flora for more development are wonderful things which make this area unique and inviting. I would hate to see that change.

There are humane ways to control species without killing them. Nature also has a way of taking care of some the problem without human intervention.

Karen Kaphingst

St. Simons Island

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