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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Deer Hunt to End?


After not seeing many stories published at all from The Community Recorder over the past few weeks, I checked out my bookmark on The Fort Thomas Community Page on Cincinnati.com and saw a myriad of stories.

Turns out the paper and its reporters are being furloughed, so they had to turn out double the amount of stories they normally would to make up for not working this week.

Bad news, yet again for print journalism, but good news for FTM and its readers as it gives us plenty of information to sift through.

Sure enough, everyone's favorite Fort Thomas hot topic is coming back to the forefront, as the Deer Hunt Ordinance is set to expire on January 21 of this year. The city council will consider whether to renew the bow and arrow ordinance to control the deer population this spring.

The council will also look at traffic crash statistics involving deer and the number of deer killed in the city in the past hunt in November and January. Reporting deer kills to the city is voluntary and no tally from November was available. The first hunt in December 2007 and January 2008 had 42 deer reported killed. The November 2008-January 2009 hunt culled 16 deer. In November 2009, 13 deer were reported killed.

A deer count in March 2010 performed by a company using thermal infrared cameras and a helicopter found 205 deer in the city limits and estimated a total population of 238 deer, or 37 per square mile. That was greater than what many council members thought

Other than Lisa Kelly, I'm not sure which other council members are against the deer hunt, but from the article written by Scott Wartman, it seems as if other members, including Roger Peterman, Eric Haas and James Doepker, are now unsure if the ordinance should continue.

I would love to ask them why. Obviously the hunt has at least had some impact on the deer population. And those statistics given are given voluntarily. Who knows what the actual number really is. They are still a problem. No one has been hurt. Let's keep the ordinance as is and beef up efforts to control the population with some additional deer management techniques.

1 comment:

  1. Mark - I agree wholeheartedly. The deer hunt should in fact continue. I've had the benefit of enjoying much delicious venison since the deer ordinance passed, and truly hope it continues. I can also say from personal knowledge that about 70% of the deer we took in for processing (and we took in quite a few over the past three years - not all reported to the city) had had legs broken legs due to being hit by cars. And you are correct, no one has been hurt, no stray arrows or bloodied deer running around. Keep the ordinance. Obviously 37 deer per square mile is way too many for a small city to handle. If the council is smart (unlike those that file suits against their own city they represent) they will keep this ordinance in place. Thanks for keeping us all informed on the topic.

    Sincerely,
    Deer Ordinance Fan in Ft. Thomas

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