Plans to cut deer population studied

October 30, 1992|By Staff Report

The deer population in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park far exceeds its normal level, prompting state officials to consider limited deer hunting there.

About 185 deer inhabit each square mile in the Sweet Air section, compared with the normal average of 40, a Department of Natural Resources official told about 300 people at a meeting on controlling the deer population.

The department is considering allowing "a controlled managed hunt" in January 1993, 1st Sgt. Michael Browning said at the Fallston High School meeting Wednesday night. For two weeks, except Sundays, 35 hunters a day, selected by lottery, would take part in the deer harvest.

Others proposals to control the deer population include turning predators loose to prey on starving deer and firing capsules of sterilization drugs into as many female deer.

Residents have until Nov. 10 to send written comments on the proposals to Lt. Col. Steve Sholl, Department of Natural Resources, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, Md. 21401.

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