Connie Kesselring looked out her back window recently and saw 13 deer grazing in her backyard.
They’ve destroyed plants and shrubbery and are even eating her evergreens.
“There’s deer poop all over the yard and, of course, the dog wants to eat that,” she said.
Kesselring moved six years ago to a Lenexa home that is next to Shawnee Mission Park.
She was among 40 people who spoke Wednesday at a public hearing on the deer overpopulation at the park. The hearing, held at the Shawnee Civic Centre and attended by more than 100, was conducted by the Johnson County Park and Recreation Board.
All Things JoCo: “The bill to kill the deer is dead, but the deer are not!”
Once again, the Johnson County BOCC doesn’t get it! The problem is not the deer, it’s the disease, Lyme Disease or Deer Syphilis. And they have now wasted three MORE months avoiding the problem, by trying to foist the problem and the solution off on the Kansas Legislature. Which is about as lame as thinking Congressman Barney Frank will cure the banking meltdown by screaming at signholders and interrupting both Tim Geitner AND Ben Bernanke in the middle of their testimony.
The problem in Johnson County is we have a deadly epidemic, Lyme Disease, at Shawnee Mission Park, but because it’s also the 40th anniversary of the County’s vaunted Theatre in the Park, they are covering it up. Annabeth Surbaugh and the Six Dwarves refuse to talk about it or treat it. They call it the Deer Problem. That is as lame as Obama calling this recession a short-term budgetary issue that will be reversed by 2010.
And they lie to the public by pretending that culling the deer herd, in 6 months, to half its population, will address the deadly outbreak of a health emergency that is killing our residents, including a teenage girl from Olathe South.
Cutting down the population of tick-infected deer, twice a year, when ticks reproduce 4x a year, is like running a virus program on your computer-twice a year. Well, good luck.