Oh Deer! County posts it’s Deer Managment Schedule
Is it me or has there been A LOT MORE DEER out this year. Just driving into my neighborhood, there seems to be an explosion. And that explosion comes at a cost to the driver on already congested county roads. Deer collisions have caused over 200 deaths and over $400 billion in damage according to the Insurance Information Institute. Now I love these little critters like the most of you and it pains me to see these guys strewn all over the roads. I had the experience of hitting a deer and it was not fun so I do not want to experience that again. Now with sprawl coupled with lack of natural predators, the deer got real busy and it quite precarious to drive on the roads, especially this time of year . The county is addressing this problem and have posted the 2013/2014 Deer Management Program.
It reads, “The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks has announced its fall/winter schedule for managing deer through sharpshooting. This program will be held in an effort to help maintain a stable, balanced white-tailed deer population on county lands where deer browsing has been shown to reduce biodiversity.
The sharpshooting program is different from the managed hunts, which were announced in September. Specially trained and qualified personnel using highly accurate, noise-suppressed rifles, remove deer under a special permit issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. All the meat from this operation is donated to charitable organizations in the area. All properties will be closed to the public during the hours of operation, 3:30 p.m. to midnight, unless otherwise noted.”
The county also produced a manual that details how to avoid deer collisions and keep them out of your perennials.
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