Deer hunt denied at Gaithersburg site

January 09, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Gaithersburg City Council has ruled out hiring a sharpshooter to kill 200 deer to help clear the way for a 1,700-home development.

Council Vice President Geri Edens said the council decided unanimously Tuesday not to allow a deer hunt on the 383-acre site for Lakelands, a development on the outskirts of the city.

The council decided instead to work with Montgomery County )) and state officials on a regional solution to the area's deer overpopulation problem, she said.

The council also agreed to look into forming a partnership with the Gaithersburg-based Humane Society of the United States to come up with a plan to protect the deer and prevent accidents, Edens said.

Gaithersburg requires developers to have a wildlife inventory and management plan for their project before it can be approved.

Wildlife experts had advised developer Tom Natelli that the surest management plan for the 200 deer at the site would be to hire a sharpshooter to kill them.

But Edens said that even if the hunt had been carried out, no way exists to ensure that other deer would not migrate to the property after the hunt was over.

She said that the council did not formally vote on the proposal but that its decision was unanimous, based on an informal poll of the five members at a public hearing Tuesday night.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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