Somewhere a Democrat’s head is exploding. Up to Here in Deer: As Fewer Vermonters Hunt, the Growing Herd Is Becoming a Problem.
Chittenden County forester Ethan Tapper surveyed the scene with dismay. The woodland was “a little ecological disaster zone,” he declared.
White-tailed deer had ravaged the area, Tapper said as he crouched to examine a cluster of three-inch-high ash saplings in a thicket of ferns. Hungry deer had munched them down to the ground repeatedly, he said. The acres of maple and ash seedlings all around him had been decimated.
As a result, no understory of trees is growing to replace the overstory of 80-year-old maples. The forest is open to an invasion of buckthorn, honeysuckle and other nuisance species.
Go read the whole thing. But to the point, forward the Vermont article to anyone who questions why people should hunt.
That’s what it comes down to, sometimes, when calling 911. Police: Quick 911 response requires some luck
If a town has its own police force, that is one thing, but if they contract with the sheriff’s office, you might have to wait a while, and if town can’t afford 24 hr support, you might have to wait on the State Police.
Maj. Rick Hopkins, commander of the Field Force Division of Vermont State Police, said unlike a municipal police department, troopers have a lot of ground to cover. Hopkins said “sometimes it’s just luck of the draw” when it comes to getting a quick response time from State Police.
Even if you can call 911 BEFORE bad things happen (no guarantee there), you are going to wait some number of minutes. If you are in a small town, you are going to wait longer, and if your town relies on state troopers it may be quite some time before a cop arrives.
Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. They can dispatch all kinds of help to you. But that help won’t be there in an instant. What are you going to do while you wait?