Council Hears Deer Management Strategies
In his April 4 blog post, City Council President Rashid Burney invited people to come hear about the program and said it was not just about culling deer. But in fact killing deer is largely the bottom line in the program, though contraception methods were also discussed. Rather than try to replicate the presentation by Principal Biologist Susan Predl, I will direct your attention to this link to the information.
Burney expressed concern about Lyme Disease and was also interested in deer repellents and fencing, but the presentation was strictly on getting rid of deer using methods applicable to neighborhoods.
Because the deer population has expanded so much, in rural areas hunters can now kill as many deer as they want. The Division of Fish and Wildlife even began a program to have excess venison distributed to hungry people so hunters could kill beyond their own immediate need for venison.
If a municipality decides to undertake a Community Deer Management plan, the governing body must give approval, costs must be borne by the municipality and the plan must receive state approval before it can happen. As Burney pointed out, the presentation was informational only at this point.