After speaking with a few people about the Deer Survey and asking if they responded to it, the answers were all the same, “No I didn’t because nothing is going to change anyway, so what is the point.” Also, those that don’t get junk mail in their post box would not receive the survey.
I don’t receive junk mail in my post box, however, I learned of the survey and picked up a few from the Town office and gave them to friends that did not receive one.
There are probably two reasons why there was only a 26 percent return of the surveys, not because of someone assuming that Princeton residents are not really concerned about the deer in town. —I don’t think so!
The booklet/pamphlet on living with the deer is of no use. So, is it any wonder that repellants; regulations of plants/trees, public education and no action were deemed unacceptable in the survey? — And remember too, that there are height restrictions on fencing.
When I moved here 23 years ago, there wasn’t a deer to be seen. Then, about five or so years later, the deer started coming into to town. Because residents became complacent with the situation and thinking they were “cute” —started feeding the deer, encouraging them to stay instead of deterring them from being here.
Hence the problem that now exists! If you care so much about the wildlife, do the right thing and help them return to their environment.
Kay Goglin, Princeton