NUN UNDER FIRE for THIS PHOTO With Hunted Deer POINTS OUT Something ANIMAL RIGHTS Folks Will NOT ADMIT …

VIA| Sister John Paul Bauer never went hunting as a child. But she learned to shoot while serving in the Navy and took up hunting after returning home to become a Catholic nun and teacher in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania. She explains:

“In St. Marys, this is what you do. You go hunting. And everybody goes hunting. The coach, myself, the students.”

This season, after just a few hours in her deer stand on opening day, the Sister felled a ten-point buck. She laughs and says that there may have been some Divine Intervention on her behalf:

“I’ve always prayed the Rosary on the tree stand. That’s a tradition. You get up in the morning. You pray the rosary in the tree stand. So, I just think the Blessed Mother did smile upon me.”

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The post immediately generated comments, and not everyone was congratulatory:

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But Sister John Paul Bauer, who said she had read some of the hurtful Facebook comments, claimed that she hunts for conservation, rather than sport. Then she made the claim that most animal activists don’t like to admit:

“Without the deer harvest, the animals would starve.”

The overpopulation of deer doesn’t just lead to the starvation of the animals. It can also lead to dangerous overlaps between deer territories and areas that have greater human populations.

The results of overlapping territories can be as simple as deer eating flowers and vegetables from people’s gardens. But it can also be as deadly as increased motor vehicle accidents caused by deer crossing through residential streets more often.

As it states in the Diocese of Erie Facebook post, the deer shot by Sister John Paul Bauer was butchered and shared to feed several local families.