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Public forum held on Chapel Hill's deer population

Posted April 19, 2010

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— A public forum was held Monday evening to explore ways to address the deer population in Chapel Hill.

A panel of experts from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other agencies talked with the Town Council about how the deer population affects the environment and human health.

At the end of the three-hour meeting, council members asked that more information be gathered about the size of the deer population in Chapel Hill, the loss of natural vegetation attributed to deer, the connection between deer and tick-borne diseases and options for curbing deer population.

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  • HereswhatIthink Apr 21, 2010

    continued. How many people that hunt go out and say "I am going hunting today to do my part in culling the deer population" more like " I shot a 10 point buck today while he was feeding at the deer corn I put out and I took my 5 year old son along with me. Can't wait to cut off his head and hang it on my wall so my buddies can see what I did today". Not to mention the ones that run deer with dogs which I think is about to be stopped. Thank goodness for that. Show me some real hunting experts trained in wildlife and I might change my mind about reducing the deer population but stop deer hunting purely for sport!

  • HereswhatIthink Apr 21, 2010

    So some people believe the deer population has exploded - how can you know this? You decide this because we humans continue to tear down their natural habitat to build on then because of this we see more deer? Does that really mean their population exploded or that we invaded it and gave them no other option on where to go. Do I have to be a vegan because I don't think dead animals should be paraded around on top of a truck while some redneck with jaw full of tobacco thinks he's done something to make himself a man? We see a lot of dead o'possum too so do we need to hunt them as well? Killing for sport is plain WRONG! I don't want to see any animal suffer ever. But are they suffering because of what we have done? No matter how many you hire someone to come in a kill, there will still be car accidents with deer. This will not go away. What about these young kids that hunt with their dad - you think they can hit a deer and kill it quickly and humanely? I don't!

  • froggytroat Apr 20, 2010

    >>Some of you want to hunt the deer and some of you want them left alone because it is their home. I say give the deer the guns and let them hunt the residents of Chapel Hill.

    They don't need guns, go look up some stats on damage to vehicles and cost to car insurance premiums sometime, and you'll realize they already fight back...

  • delilahk2000 Apr 20, 2010

    WILDCAT, I AGREE WITH YOU, IN MY AREA THEY HAVE TOTALY DESTROYED THE HABITAT AND CUT DOWN A LOT OF TREES. STOP GETTING RID OF THE TREES. I HAD RATHER SEE TREES THAN A LOT OF USELESS BUILDINGS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME VACANT ANYWAY.

  • GWALLY Apr 20, 2010

    I would think a little wine and cheese at the council meeting as well as PETA, THA (tree huggers of America) and ACORN...along with strong representation of the deer...aka Odocoileus Virginianus...should be in attendance to discuss the situation. SURELY they can all just get along...can't they..??? ;I

  • Capitals Fan Apr 20, 2010

    OK, I have a compromise. Some of you want to hunt the deer and some of you want them left alone because it is their home. I say give the deer the guns and let them hunt the residents of Chapel Hill. That way both sides of the argument are winners.

  • 4Cats Apr 20, 2010

    I would hope that if they choose to hunt the deer that they will at least make use of the meat.

    I would like to think there could be a way to reduce the population without having the kill the existing ones though. Perhaps they could be fed some sort of birth control pill. I've heard about this being done with other species in areas...

    Reduced building might help too...the deer were here first, although I agree that too many deer is a problem for the deer as well.

  • dirtydozen431 Apr 20, 2010

    In reference to the lack of predators there have been bigfoot sightings in Orange County.

  • copforlife Apr 20, 2010

    Health care going up. No pay increases in sight. The county they're in is cutting jobs and talking about possible layoffs, and the CH Town Council is worried about the deer population. For some reason the word "Priorities" keeps coming. up.

  • MskoorB Apr 20, 2010

    Take off the sky-blue apparel, throw on some camo and do something about this problem like real men.

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