Frank Juliano, Staff Writer
The Connecticut Post

MILFORD — Why are birds more important than deer?

That’s the question that a spokeswoman for an animal rights group had for state officials Friday as she led a protest over the shooting last week of 17 deer on Charles Island.

Wildlife biologists from the state Department of Environmental Protection killed the deer, which they claimed were trapped on the island, to protect a sanctuary and nesting area for rare birds on the offshore island.

Choosing one life form over another isn’t something that government should be involved in, said Nancy Rice of the Darien-based Friends of Animals. To interfere with nature in that way is to risk upsetting its delicate balance, she said.

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