California members of Congress have requested a halt to the culling of non-native deer at Point Reyes National Seashore after the release of a Humane Society of the United States report.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and U.S Reps Lynn Woolsey, George Miller and Anna Eshoo signed a letter to halt the killing of nonnative deer at Point Reyes National Seashore.
The letter urged officials to "halt the planned shooting for four to six months" and look into non lethal techniques.
The letter came after the release of a Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) report questioned the use of lethal management.
A wildlife biologist for the national seashore said that the drugs proposed by HSUS are less advanced than the one already in use and it is not practical to use just contraceptives with such a large population.
Since last summer 670 fallow and axis deer have been harvested in the park, prompting outcry from HSUS. The National Park Service (NPS) plans to rid the park of exotic deer by 2021 using contraceptives and rifles. There are currently 100 to 150 nonnative deer in the park.
Park officials are considering the request.
Source: U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance