Managed deer hunt set in Edgewater Swelled population, Lyme disease cited

November 03, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

A burgeoning population of white-tailed deer and an outbreak of Lyme disease have prompted the state Department of Natural Resources to approve a managed deer hunt at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater.

"It's hard to pinpoint the exact number, but I'd say we definitely have a deer problem," said John Verrico, a DNR spokesman. "There's been damage to crops, shrubs, and devastation of the forest floor and an increased number of vehicular collisions with deer."

In addition, there have been seven cases of Lyme disease among residents of a nearby road. And 20 Smithsonian employees have contracted the disease, which is carried by the deer tick, Mr. Verrico said.

The hunt will be conducted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, and will be limited to the use of shotguns with rifled slugs.

Only 20 hunters will be allowed each day, and no hunting will be allowed on Sundays.

Hunters who want to participate must submit their names for a lottery by Nov. 15. The drawing will be Nov. 16.

Hunters chosen must have completed a hunter safety course and must pass a mandatory firearms sight-in proficiency test to be conducted Nov. 20 for $5 per hunter.

Each applicant must submit a 3-by-5-inch card listing name, address, telephone number, current hunting license number and a valid hunter safety certificate number, as well as a list of five hunting dates in order of preference.

Hunters who wish to hunt on the same date may submit their application together on one card, but should list no more than three names per card.

For more information about the hunt, contact DNR's wildlife division at (310) 372-8128 or (410) 974-3195.

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