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Suffering begins


for deer, drivers


Now that archery hunting season is here, hunters claim that deer are never left to die of a wound by an experienced hunter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hundreds of thousands of animals are crippled and wounded, lying terrorized in the woods.


Twenty-two published scientific surveys and studies indicate that the average wounding rate for bow hunting is more than 50 percent. More than one out of every two deer shot are never retrieved, and they usually die after prolonged agony from septic infection, peritonitis, blood loss or other complications.


Wounding rates for rifle hunting are also significant. Many of these studies were conducted by state wildlife agencies.


Hunters also pose a safety threat to residents and increase car-deer collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, most car-deer collisions happen during hunting season. The Eric Insurance Group, Pennsylvania’s second largest auto insurer, studied the effect that hunting has on car-deer collisions. It discovered that not only did accidents increase during hunting season, but they increased nearly five-fold on the first day of buck and doe hunting seasons respectively and remained high throughout hunting season. Hunters push the deer out of the woods and into the roads, and frightened and wounded deer run into the roads without caution.


Hunters and wildlife agencies should be legally liable for any deer-car collision damage, injuries and deaths resulting from these deer-killing activities.


Silvie Pomicter


Chinchilla


Too many arrests


for drugs? Pshaw!


I hear many people complaining lately about the plethora of drug arrests in the Wilkes Barre and Hazleton areas. They’re asking, “Why are there so many drugs and gangs?”


They are implying that our local authorities have a lax attitude toward such things.


I say thank you to law enforcement that there are so many arrests. The reason we’re hearing so much about so many incidents is because our local authorities are obviously doing a pretty darn good job.


The worst thing would be if the police blotters were empty and the criminals were left to their own devices.


Instead of being a complaining citizen, get involved. That’s how New York took care of it. Their citizens didn’t cower in their houses and refuse to speak out.


Sure, it’s dangerous. But what’s your alternative? Living in fear.


Mike Mozeleski


Fairview Township


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