Maine to award archery permits to limit island's deer herd
Posted November 22
EASTPORT, Maine — Maine will award 30 archery permits for a two-week hunt in December aimed at alleviating an overpopulation of deer in a town of islands.
The Kennebec Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2gHv8WT) the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Advisory Council approved the hunt Monday. Eastport is a small area of islands along Maine's northern coast. An estimated 20 deer roam per square mile, walking down public streets and even eating from locals' vegetable gardens.
Normally people in Eastport can only hunt buck. The permits will be to hunt by archery, as Eastport has a firearms ban. Twenty-two of the permits will go to Eastport residents and the remaining eight will be darwn from a lottery.
The town reported 20 car accidents involving deer in 2015.