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Pookie July 23, 2014 at 05:32 PM
Say what? Put down the crack pipe..
PatC July 23, 2014 at 08:32 PM
de·lir·i·um - An acute mental disturbance characterized by confused thinkingRead Morean d disrupted attention usually accompanied by disordered speech and hallucinations.
Willow July 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Buddy is VERY FRIENDLY, was wearing a multicolored bandana around his neck, recentRead More"puppy-cut&q uot; hairdo... So grateful for any assistance
Pookie July 08, 2014 at 02:24 PM
And Pamela, you're the nut bag's lackey..I don't agree with bow-hunting as a means of controllingRead Moreth e deer population, there are more humane methods, we need to evolve our thinking.
Pamela Findley July 09, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Pookie, I checked out the link you posted. While the procedure does seem to have some merit, it is Read Morestill a very long way from being a financially feasible and effective control method. I would be interested in knowing the cost per procedure and what the mortality rate is, during capture, during surgery, and postoperatively. It can work to an extent in a closed population, as was done in MD a few years ago, and I would love to see it done in more areas, if it could be done safely and cost-effectively. The fact remains that there are far more deer in Fairfax County than could be handled currently by this method. There were only 18 deer spayed this year, which barely puts a dent in the population. As this method moves forward, there is still a need to cull the herd in a more humane method than vehicularly. Furthermore, I don't appreciate your personal, derogatory attacks on me and other posters on this thread. If you can't defend your position without personal attacks, then, IMHO, you don't deserve any response whatsoever. I suggest you consult more than one source on the topic, if you haven't done so. I agree that there are unethical and/or unskilled hunters, as in any activity, but the majority that I know almost always make a clean kill, and if not, they end the suffering quickly. One more question for you: Are you a vegan and/or do you wear non-animal sourced clothing? This is and can be a good discussion, if all involved maintain an open mind.
Pookie July 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Pamela, well I can't seem to reply to your post so I'll write a new post. This is the fifth post on Read Morethis topic I've joined including a lengthy one in the Washington Post, I'm frustrated with the lack of empathy for the animals who can not speak for themselves and the self interested parties involved. There has been no real study of an overpopulation deer problem in Reston. This was simply a complaint by three homeowners on a residential street in Reston. Who are you to say we need to the cull the herd? We need an assessment to see if we do indeed have a deer overpopulation problem and then we need to look at other methods than bow-hunting to curb the problem if there is a problem. Hunting behind three homes in Reston will not control the deer population, new deer will simply move in, no gain except for the bow-hunting company who can return to kill more next year..why don't you get your facts straight before you go on an attack.
taffy/toby June 30, 2014 at 06:08 PM
i absolutely agree...
Pamela Findley June 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Just to claify: Each of the methods I listed has its pros and cons, including financialRead Moreconsiderati ons. I just do not know of any other alternatives. Without control in some form, the deer population will continue to grow, increasing the likelihood of defoliation of landscaping and natural areas, encounters with automobiles, deterioraton of overall deer health, and potentially starvation of the deer themselves. I personally like seeing deer--in the proper places and in proper numbers.
taffy/toby July 01, 2014 at 12:18 AM
the optimum word here is control not eradicate…you are correct..there are too many that will Read Moredie a more cruel death if wildlife authorities don't take action and have a controlled hunt by experts...
restonlife June 21, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Check www.restonnow.com. They have been covering this . Reston Now says it is closed for good.
Pookie June 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Thanks, the last article I could find was from May, and it just said it looked like they would notRead Morer eopen but it was not definite. It's weird as they still don't have a lease this space on the window, and all of the interior is still intact, chairs, tables, etc. has not been cleared out yet. I thought they may be in litigation over the matter, it has been a couple months now. Well, we will miss the place, great food, fun staff, decor was awful but we didn't care, they also let local artist's use their walls to promote themselves. Had some true local flavor.
Jeff June 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Is the Reston Patch an appropriate place to broadcast one's position on abortion?
Pookie June 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM
no it's not..
garetrichmond June 06, 2014 at 04:27 PM
WOW! She's grown since her little "trip". So happy "PJ" is safe and sound. Read MoreT hanks for the update.
Liz Pierce June 11, 2014 at 07:38 AM
that is really cool when a pet is lost and when found, people hear the good news. take care ofRead Morethat dog and love him and keep him safe.
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