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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Deer Hunting in Fort Thomas

OK - this is my last post on deer hunting. This blog was supposed to be about development and working to try to bring retail to Fort Thomas but I can't ignore a very short-sighted decision by our city council last night as this has ramifications on our ability to attract retail. The reason I say it has ramifications is because it distracts our city leaders from working hard to bring retail to town, it is a divisive issue, and it creates a negative perception about our community.

I am dumbfounded as to why we are going to allow bow hunting on private property in our city. As I mentioned in a previous post about demographics Fort Thomas is densely populated and when you have arrows traveling at over 300 feet per second this poses a public safety threat. I never thought that the very people charged with protecting its citizens would put them in harms way. And all this for 4 extra car accidents per year. I would love to hear from anyone out there who knows someone who has had a car accident with a deer in Fort Thomas because I know no one. The potential cost of this proposal absolutely does not outweigh the benefits.

Here is a link to the Cincinnati Enquirer article. Some of my favorite quotes from it include:
  • Jeff Sudkamp apparently can't pull into his driveway because of the large deer hurds that prevent him from doing so. He indicates he has multiple people interested in hunting deer on his property which is located at Woodland off of Highland and .3 miles away from Ruth Moyer Elementary, Highland Park, and the Swim Club.
  • "Our primary concern is safety," said Councilman Roger Peterman. "We were faced with issues of increased traffic accidents and human-deer confrontations." Again - anyone out there have a recent human-deer confrontation? I'm not even sure what that is and it is almost laughable that our councilman's primary concern is safety when he has now endangered the community with the solution.
  • Violation of the specific ordinance will result in a $250 fine. This seems like a slap on the wrist if an arrow ends up in my yard or a dead deer carcass.

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