I found this snippet from 2004 on the BBC's web site here and thought it worth posting as a reminder of the degree of ignorance that exists amongst those who cannot grasp the basic arguments that make deer management a necessity. I'm sure other similar gems of ignorance are out there, lurking on the web, so if you come across anything please add it to this thread.
National deer cull 'disastrous'
Working for Wildlife's secretary Douglas Batchelor told BBC 1's Countryfile: "What actually happens is in the wild most populations balance according to available resources of feed and everything else.
"When people start interfering and trying to decide which ones live and which ones die, you interfere with the process of natural selection.
There certainly needs to be control of certain species in some situations -equally there are other places where, in fact, the deer self regulate
"It can often be pretty disastrous and we believe these things are much better left to nature and that the policy of intervention is one that's failed again and again and again."
John Fawcett, a Mammal Society deer specialist who has studied roe deer populations in the New Forest, said some areas need culling and others do not.
He said the deer numbers in the New Forest halved for the 20 years until 1992, despite no culling, because the roe deer have less children.
Children???!!! (and its fewer, not less )
As for Mr Batchelor's assertions that deer self regulate - utter tripe! This man never fails to amaze me with the conviction of his ignorance.
(edited to include the title of the article)