Town staff have rejected a proposed deer hunt inside town limits, saying too many people live too close together to take out enough deer.
The Chapel Hill Town Council will discuss the recommendation Monday night. It follows three requests to cull herds that residents say destroy gardens, carry dangerous ticks and pose road hazards.
In November, the town’s own sustainability committee, a citizen advisory board, asked the town to join the state’s urban archery program. It sets up a special hunt outside normal hunting season for bowhunters to kill deer in designated areas. The earliest Chapel Hill could implement it would be 2011.
In a memo to the council, staff say a hunt would be safe in only limited areas. It would have to kill a large number of animals and be repeated, and some wounded animals would need to be tracked onto private property.
“We do not believe an urban hunt is a viable option for the town,” says the memo from Parks and Recreation Director Butch Kisiah, Police Chief Brian Curran, Public Works Director Lance Norris and Asisstant Parks and Recreation Director Bill Webster.