From correspondent Tammy Grubb
The Carrboro aldermen voted last night to prohibit residents from feeding deer but postponed deciding whether bow hunters can cull local herds until early next year.
The feeding ban comes in response to concerns about the town’s growing deer population and the effect on landscaping, gardens and public safety. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission estimates Orange County has 30 to 44 deer per square mile.
The new ordinance prohibits residents from placing fruits, vegetables, salt and other materials outdoors on public or private property to feed or attract deer. The law does not apply to natural vegetation, crops or feeders used for domestic animals or livestock. The town will give violators 48 hours to remove illegal food or feeding devices before levying a $25 fine.
A group of hunters and residents also petitioned the board Tuesday to revisit its October 2010 decision to focus on public education about deer management and give new consideration to letting bow hunters harvest deer within town limits. If bow hunting is allowed, the board also would have to change a town ordinance that currently bans the discharge of any projectile, including arrows.
While some aldermen said they are open to hearing both sides of the issue, they also said they remain concerned about public safety and animal welfare. A public hearing on the issue could take place in January.
“I think this is one of the issues where we need to hear from more residents,” Mayor Mark Chilton said.
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