Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Towns to Start Slaying Deer

December 23, 2013
Plain English Version

Hunting is a popular pastime in the United States. The two main reasons to hunt are for trophies and for food. Another reason is taking hold in communities around the country.

Animal habitats are being destroyed by development. Bear, deer and other animals are heading for the suburbs to find food. Of all the animals, deer pose the most problems.

Deer are overrunning many towns. They are eating plants and hedges. They are foraging for food. They carry ticks that cause Lyme disease. And they are causing car accidents. Many farmers say the deer are hurting their crops.

A town on Long Island, New York is trying something new. They are hiring sharpshooters to reduce the deer population.

The deer will be shot after dark. The rifles will have night sensors and silencers. The town will not be disturbed. Government money will pay for trained professionals who work for the Agriculture Department.

There is disagreement about the project. No one doubts that the deer population is growing. No one says they are not an annoyance to the community. But some people think killing defenseless deer is just plain wrong. They say the deer are simply living creatures. Said one resident, “These are beautiful, gentle creatures that have no voice.”

Even those who are in favor of the project are sympathetic. They say they have tried fences and other ways to control the deer. They believe is no real choice but to slay them.

One official said, “This is not an easy subject, but the deer are owned by the people of the state.”

The venison from the deer will go to food pantries.

Source: The New York Times                                                                                              December 18, 2013

Print Friendly


Watch That Juice Drinking

Of course, you thought fresh orange juice was good for you and your children. Who does not? Some experts do not.

A good many Americans...

Do You Feel Well? Do You Feel Good?

Health is mind and body. It is also the world around you.

The good in germs

 A human begins life in the...

How to Add Three Years to Your Life

The results are in. An hour of running adds seven hours to your life. The effect does not get much greater if you run...

News on Skin Cancer

The lighter your skin, the more freckles, and moles you have, the greater your chance of having skin cancer.

A new study said we need...


  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!