LETTER: Humans are the invasive species

Deer, squirrels and rabbits are not an invasive species, but we are.

Re: Cull only solution to get rid of deer (News, May 6)

Deer, squirrels and rabbits are not an invasive species, but we are.

These animals coexisted in the green spaces and woodlands of their natural habitat for centuries. But that habitat was taken from them over many years to build and build and build. Now that we have destroyed their habitat and natural sources of food, we complain about them being “pests.”

They are not here because they wanted to be around people, noise and traffic.

Mr. Forbes mentions that his family has lived in Victoria since the late 1800s. Well, I am sure his ancestors killed off more than a few of the ancestors of the “pests” and why? To survive, of course – just what the deer are doing. They are not “destroying” his produce and flowers – they are eating them to survive. They are not a danger to humans, but we are a danger to them.

To quote Mr. Forbes:  “Left alone they will continue to expand their numbers and territory.” Those words could well be applied to us.

Elaine Sheridan, Saanich



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