Stop slaughtering deer in Fairfax County parks for the 13th year in a row!

The slaughter will not stop unless we have enough people calling or emailing those in charge. Please do this immediately to help stop the bow hunts in our parks.

Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay:

phone: 703-324-2321 

email: chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov

They are putting our community at risk, increasing vehicle accidents, torturing our wildlife and not listening to the tax payers/residents of Fairfax County!

Fairfax County, the largest, most prosperous county in Northern Virginia (bordering Washington, D.C.) has turned 112 public parks into killing grounds for bow hunters. After sneaking plans past public scrutiny, the Park Authority initiated bow hunting in over 100 Fairfax County Parks without permission of the public or residents in the county.

Neighboring Fairfax City has adopted effective and humane deer sterilizations that have already proven to lower deer-vehicle collisions dramatically. There is no reason Fairfax County should not adopt the same humane, safe and effective deer management plan as Fairfax City. Other projects that are affordable, quick, safe and effective include male sterilizations that are currently taking place around the country in areas larger than Fairfax County parklands, including the Hamptons in New York. Arlington County has chosen to leave deer in their county at peace, which is another option- leaving nature alone.

Bow hunting is dangerous, extremely inhumane, and unpredictable. Visitors to the parks and residents in the surrounding area can be injured by this brutal activity.
Even the "best" bow hunters seldom kill the deer immediately. The hunter waits 45 minutes or more for the deer to run, bleed out and become exhausted. Then the hunter attempts to follow the blood trail to find the deer and kill him or her, possibly in front of children or other visitors to the park. This exposes children and adults to extraordinary animal cruelty.

Bow hunters have a high rate of injuring, rather than killing deer, as seen in the photo posted. This leaves the deer to die a slow and agonizing death. There is no way to know how far a wounded deer will run, if or when she will die, or where her final suffering will occur. Deer sometimes scream when in pain. Local bow hunters have expressed delight at such suffering. Is this really what we want in our community?

Bowhunting and other forms of hunting increase deer-vehicle collisions. Yes, these bowhunts are increasing car accidents. Since the deer flee from the hunters once they are wounded or frightened and in a desperate attempt to escape often run into roads. A recent study by Erie Insurance Company in Pennsylvania concluded that the rate of collisions between deer and vehicles increased three to four times during hunting season. VDOT data analyzed over the last 5 years, shows an increase in overall deer-vehicle collisions in Fairfax County with 93% of deer-vehicle collisions taking place within 1 mile of Fairfax County parks where Fairfax County's deer management program aka "urban archery" or bowhunting program is taking place.

Our representatives need to understand that the following methods have proven to decrease deer-vehicle collisions significantly, some as much as 100%. Here is a list of highly effective methods for deer and wildlife management, including methods involving technology that can be used to prevent deer-vehicle collisions.

Alternatives that Fairfax County hasn't even considered implementing:
- Patented roadside deer warning system - "Deer Deter" (80% decrease in deer-vehicle collisions in several states including MN)
- Advanced warning signs
- Roadside reflectors (100% success rate, installed on Telegraph road but purchase of reflectors discontinued by county)
- Noise/Sound/Whistle devices, sprinkler systems or sound systems with motion sensors for gardens
- Fencing
- Wildlife crossings, culverts, overpasses, underpasses
- Vegetation control
- Reduced speed limits
- Smell pots
- Motion detector/light beam systems
- Male or female deer sterilizations and contraception

Over-population of deer is often blamed for deer-vehicle collisions (DVCs).  Killing the deer will not decrease the incidence of DVCs. The HSUS states "Deer culling programs generate an endless succession of removal and replacement in which animals die unnecessarily while the root causes of problems go unaddressed. As long as attractive habitat remains, other deer from surrounding areas will move in to occupy the newly vacant niche resulting in a perpetual kill cycle."

Wiping out large populations of deer will allow surrounding deer to enter the previous herd's territory and have twice or three times as many resources. This will increase the chances of twins and triplets being born into a herd, further increasing the population of deer.

It is also important for us to understand that deer do not "carry" or "spread" Lyme disease nor do they increase the likelihood of your contracting it. In fact, deer provide a protective buffer between ticks and  humans: "Current research on the spread of Lyme disease suggests that deer may only play a very small part and that it is likely that some species of birds are far more significant carriers of the infective organism.

Initial infection of ticks with Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) occurs not from deer, but while the subadult juvenile ticks are feeding on smaller animals (voles, mice, rabbits, and small birds). Indeed surveys of different wildlife species indicate that amongst the most significant carriers of the Borrelia bacteria are blackbirds, thrushes, and robins.

By contrast, the bacteria are unable to maintain themselves in deer of any species. Once they have reacted to their first infected bite, deer produce antibodies, which not only prevent infection of the deer but also carry on circulating in the bloodstream.

These antibodies may have an active role in cleansing any subsequent ticks, which feed on them, removing the Borrelia from the ticks system and thus preventing it from infecting anything else."

-https://bds.org.uk/information-advice/out-about/lyme-disease-ticks/

Please let your voices be heard and make sure that our tax money is being used effectively and humanely and that our representatives do their jobs and pay attention to these alternatives instead of ignoring technology, solutions, and concerned residents of Fairfax County. Simply leaving our native wildlife alone and stopping developers from chopping down every last tree on purchased land, is another option.


Fairfax County, the largest, most prosperous county in northern Virginia (which borders Washington, D.C.) has been turning its public parks into hunting grounds for bow hunters. After sneaking plans past public scrutiny, the Park Authority initiated bow hunting in Colvin Run Park and is expanding it to other Fairfax County Parks without permission of the public or residents in the county.
Bow hunting is dangerous, extremely inhumane, and unpredictable. Visitors to the parks and residents in the surrounding area can be injured by this brutal activity.

Even the "best" bow hunters seldom kill the deer immediately. The hunter waits 45 minutes or more for the deer to run, bleed out and become exhausted. Then the hunter attempts to follow the blood trail to find the deer and kill him or her, possibly in front of children or other visitors to the park. This exposes children and adults to extraordinary animal cruelty and teaches them that killing animals is okay.

Bow hunters have a high rate of injuring, rather than killing deer. This leaves the deer to die a slow and agonizing death. There is no way to know how far a wounded deer will run, if or when she will die, or where her final suffering will occur. Deer sometimes scream when in pain. Local bow hunters have expressed delight at such suffering. Is this really what we want in our community?

Bowhunting and other forms of hunting increase deer-vehicle collisions, since the deer flee from the hunters once they are wounded and in a desperate attempt to escape often run into roads. A recent study by Erie Insurance Company in Pennsylvania concluded that the rate of collisions between deer and vehicles increased three to four times during hunting season.

Alternatives that Fairfax County hasn't even considered implementing:

- Patented affordable, low maintenance, solar powered, roadside deer warning system "Deer Deter" (90% decrease in deer-vehicle collisions in several states including MN)
- Advanced warning signs
- Noise/Sound/Whistle devices, sprinkler systems or sound systems with motion sensors for gardens
- Fencing
- Wildlife crossings, culverts, overpasses, underpasses
- Vegetation control
- Reduced speed limits
- Male or female deer sterilizations
- Motion detector/light beam systems 


Over-population of deer is often blamed for DVCs.  Killing the deer will not decrease the incidence of DVCs.  The HSUS states "Deer culling programs generate an endless succession of removal and replacement in which animals die unnecessarily while the root causes of problems go unaddressed. As long as attractive habitat remains, other deer from surrounding areas will move in to occupy the newly vacant niche resulting in a perpetual kill cycle."
It is also important for us to understand that deer do not "carry" or "spread" Lyme disease nor do they increase the likelihood of your contracting it.  In fact, deer provide a buffer between the host (white-footed mouse) and humans by "collecting" the ticks on themselves.
According to John Rohm of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, "There is no direct correlation between deer density and prevalence of Lyme disease.  Reducing deer density by X will not = X% reduction in Lyme disease cases."
He also states that "Deer should not be blamed for the current Lyme disease situation.  Integrated pest management would be more effective than focusing solely on deer."
One effective alternative to killing deer to decrease Lyme disease is the 4-Poster Deer Feed Stations that provide effective tick control.
An environmentally friendly deer feeding station developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service can reduce tick populations by up to 77%, according to a new study.
Ticks can carry diseases that infect humans and animals alike.  In the northeastern U.S., the blacklegged tick is a known vector of Lyme disease.
Here is how it works: a deer feeds from a plastic feeding station. The design of the device causes the deer to tilt its head toward the application rollers, ensuring that tickicide is transferred to its head, neck, and ears.
The patented feeders, called the "4-Poster" Deer Treatment Bait Station, use four paint rollers to apply tick killer to the deer as they feed on corn placed in the feeding tray.  Tick counts on Gibson Island, Md., showed that the treatment annually achieved at least 77 percent control of several tick species, compared to pretreatment years.
The 4 poster deer stations may be the best alternative to traditional outdoor treatments for ticks, which require the application of pesticides across large areas.
There are numerous 4-poster tick control programs in use throughout the U.S, but Fairfax County continues with redundant studies instead of implementing the proven, effective 4-poster program to protect citizens and reduce tick numbers.

As our representatives we expect you to do your job and pay attention to these alternatives instead of ignoring technology, solutions, and concerned residents of Fairfax County. We refuse to continue to allow you to spend our tax money on these extremely inhumane and completely ineffective methods.
Please consider these highly effective alternatives, especially deer sterilizations, that are already in place all over the United States. 

Update #523 days ago
For the 13th year in a row, Fairfax County is allowing bowhunters to enter our parks for 5 months, bait and slaughter our native deer. Please contact Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay at 703-324-2321 or chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov and ask him not to allow this brutal slaughter that is scheduled to start again on September 10th. Please share far and wide and call his office as soon as possible.
Update #423 days ago
Please call Chairman McKay to stop the 13th year of this violent slaughter of our innocent native deer.
Update #323 days ago

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Update #123 days ago
Bowhunters have been entering our peaceful parks, baiting and violently slaughtering native deer in our county parks since 2009. Please help stop this for the sake of these innocent animals.

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