A large crowd showed up tonight at the City Council meeting. I would estimate the crowd to be about 100. After listening to about 40 minutes of commentary it was clear that about 90% of the crowd was against the current ordinance allowing deer hunting in the city. Of the 10% that were not there to oppose the ordinance they too were not in favor but were there to support the need to control the deer population.
Channel 9 and Channel 12 had cameras and it appeared that a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer was there as well. Two officers were on hand to keep order but were really not needed. Many of those there were very emotional about what they saw as a hastily crafted ordinance that is doing more to endanger the public than avoid a nuisance.
Of the more interesting things of the evening I spoke with an officer who indicated he was just happy he didn't have to shoot the deer. It really did appear that no one outside of the 6 decision makers at the front of the room were interested in continuing with the hunt. It will be interesting to see what happens now.