The encounter between the doe and the lions at the National Zoo has caused me to wonder:
What are the practical and ethical problems with using the excess deer population ,common to many suburbs, to feed big cats in zoos?
Big cats are effectively made to stalk and kill large herbivores, and deer are effectively made to be hunted by apex predators.
Would it be wrong, specifically, to catch a deer, turn it loose in a lion’s habitat, and let them do what millions of years of evolution have designed them to do?
Would it be cost prohibitive?
Would it be too much like bear baiting if people were allowed to watch?
Since the deer can’t really escape a fenced in enclosure, they wouldn’t really have a fair chance to escape. Is this a problem?
What if the deer were given an escape route/hatch which would allow it to get away if it were quick enough/nimble enough/strong enough? Sometimes the lion would get dinner, and sometimes not.
Not being facetious here. Just curious.