Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Feeding Wild Animals; Controlling Deer Population

Last night's meeting went well. Over 20 residents were in attendance and many expressed their thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding these issues. There was a great deal of support for an ordinance regarding the feeding of wild animals and very little opposition. As for the deer population control, it was agreed that the deer population is increasing, the number of traffic accidents related to deer are increasing and there is an increase in property damage and resident complaints due to deer in residential areas.

As a result of the meeting, the committee will take the next steps:

1. The law director will prepare a draft ordinance prohibiting the feeding of wild animals;

2. The law director, committee members and police chief will conduct further research regarding deer population control, particularly crossbow hunting, with those cities that currently have a program.

It was decided that "culling" of the deer population, which involves the use of sharpshooters with firearms, would not be a viable alternative due to the potential cost and the concerns about safety.

The next meeting will be announced on this site under "Upcoming Events" and those in attendance at the last meeting who left contact information with the Clerk of Courts will be notified as to the date and time of the next meeting. If you are interested in being contacted, send your email address to me and I will add you to the notification list.

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