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Ingberman 1 Stan Ingberman Mike Wright English 111 Essay 3 Final Draft November 21, 2007 Small Town Divided As residents of Solon, Ohio look around town they see many things like houses, restaurants, stores, and people which all seem to be multiplying by the day; however, one thing they do not see a lot of anymore is deer. Starting on February 15, 2005, the city implemented a plan to reduce the population of approximately 1200 deer, 50 per square mile, to a number of 600. Those in favor were residents who were fed up with deer eating their roses and tulips and congesting the roads. Those in opposition were animal rights activists, both residents and outside groups. Even though the decision was controversial to say the least, both sides of the argument agreed that there was an overpopulation of deer in the Cleveland suburb, and something should be done. The city proposed a military-style assault to gun down nuisance deer while the opposition proposed nonlethal ideas such as contraceptives, fencing, wolf urine, special reflectors to deter deer from crossing roads, deer repellents and garden plants unpalatable to deer . In October of 2004 the Solon City Council approved a plan to hire sharpshooters with high-powered rifles to shoot deer as they fed on corn bait. The plan was to be employed in February and continue for six weeks (Solon Will). The goal: reduce the current population of about 1200 to 600. City Council initially agreed to pay $500,000 over two years to White Buffalo Inc., a nonprofit wildlife research and sharpshooting company based in Connecticut (Solon Will). The rifles would be equipped with sound-reducing mufflers and the sharpshooters
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Ingberman 2 were told not to shoot if they see any humans nearby. The meat, about 40 pounds per deer, would be donated to local food banks. Police Chief Wayne Godzich argued that the police department could handle the deer population for a mere fraction of the cost of White Buffalo Inc. Concluding that sharpshooting poses too great of a danger to residents, he suggested that the police department capture the deer using traps, and use a penetrating captive bolt gun to terminate them. The special gun would use either compressed air or gun powder to release a four inch steel rod into the forehead of the trapped deer (Solon May). The rod would then retract back into the gun making it reusable. This
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