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“…The wild deer population has been increasing rapidly in the last 40 years and may now be higher than at any time in the last 1000 years…”

Every time such a ridiculous statement is made we must challenge the “science”: put up, or shut up.

One of the problems is that there are a large number of people who are still sufficiently naïve as to believe that if a Govt. Minister says so, then it must be true.

“…Evidence has also shown that deer carry Lyme's disease which is transmitted by ticks and can cause disease in humans…”

Thank God he hasn’t realised that anything else that gets bitten by ticks is in the same boat, including sheep, their shepherds and dogs.

Remedy: to some extent, pluck English Nature off our backs in order to allow the countryside to be managed by countrymen and women, who understand what they’re doing. Then remove from office the culpably ignorant, politically correct, brown nosed, self-serving, blood-sucking parasites who cause a greater degree of anaemia in their victims than any number of ticks.

Richard.


Ref: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2004/041230b.htm

Ben Bradshaw, Minister for Nature Conservation, today launched a new strategy and action plan for the sustainable management of wild deer in England.

This new strategy unifies a range of policy initiatives working towards a common goal - the sustainable management of wild deer and the protection of England's native biodiversity.

The wild deer population has been increasing rapidly in the last 40 years and may now be higher than at any time in the last 1000 years.