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News Reports of Public Safety Issues Related to Suburban Culls and Hunting in Populated Areas
... “I understand the deer issue with the property damage and destruction, and the over population, but, if even just one mishap occurred while hunting, nothing could make up for that,” ...

Ann Arbor, 'Stop the shoot!' crowd tells Ann Arbor council about deer cull January 5, 2015 Michigan, MLive
... Robert McGee, founder of Ann Arbor Residents for Nonlethal Deer Management, criticized the city for asking the state to classify the cull as a non-hunting activity so a safety-zone requirement wouldn't apply. The DNR responded last month by saying there does need to be a safety zone and no shooting can occur within 450 feet of occupied buildings without written consent from the owners or occupants.  ...

Ann Arbor, Group files lawsuit against Ann Arbor in attempt to stop deer shoot January 2, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... More than a dozen members of a newly formed group called Ann Arbor Residents for Public Safety have filed a 97-page lawsuit against the city — as well as a long list of city, state and federal officials — in U.S. District Court... characterizes the deer cull as a risky "urban assault  ... an appreciable chance of causing serious injury to plaintiffs or others within the sphere of danger ..."

Charlotte, Deer stands in south Charlotte? November 9, 2016 North Carolina, WCNC.com
... Families are on high alert after reports of deer stands in a south Charlotte greenway ... it's against the law to hunt deer within city limits...

... A "notice of dangerous condition" was served on Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum ... hunting within a municipality "may cause serious injuries to the general public as a result of impaling, goring, shooting or death, along with emotional and psychological distress ... Animal Defenders of Westchester ...

 ...the City Attorney says that if the City tests cullers for competency and there is an incident, that the City becomes liable because it has certified the vendor... our City Attorney requires that our vendors carry a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy .... 

Boxborough officials mulls deer-hunting plan February 11, 2011 North Carolina, WickedLocal.com 
... Boxborough town officials are mulling an idea to allow hunting on private land in an effort to stem the deer population and Lyme disease. However, after consulting with town counsel, Town Administrator Selina Shaw said maintaining a list of hunters would pose a liability to the town.

Hanover Discusses Deer Herd September 9, 2014 New York, Valley News 
... Balch Hill resident, Ned Whittington, said that he had found an arrow lying on the ground near where his neighbor with small children lived, and complained that the town had advised residents that it was still safe to hike in the area. “There is no place you can stand with a bow and arrow that’s more than 75 feet from surrounding trails,” he said...

Williamsburg, Options limited to control deer herds February 4, 2014 Virginia, VAGazette 
... A few years ago, for two years in a row, Martin said city hunters tried to hunt William and Mary's 566-acre College Woods. Even with police blocking access points, hunters still found mountain bikers and hikers in the woods.  "We didn't wait until an incident made us stop," ... For now, as long as the deer in College Woods stay off of city and Colonial Williamsburg land, and the roads, they are relatively safe...

Islesboro rejects deer sharpshooter plan October 20, 2014 Maine, workingwaterfront.com 
... Linda Gillies, a member of the town's deer reduction committee who supported hiring the sharpshooters, believes a majority voted against the proposal out of concerns for safety ...

Nuisance deer bow hunting rules raise safety concerns October 31, 2014 New Brunswick, CBC
... Gordon Gilmore says he recently saw a deer in distress on his property and when he went outside to investigate, he found a hunter.  Gilmore's land is not approved for deer hunting ... Gilmore says he's afraid for his safety and has started wearing an orange vest ...

... The bullet shattered a living room window at the family's rural home near Saltsburg on Sept. 25 as Jeremie Iverson, 42, cuddled his son on the couch a little after 7 p.m.
The bullet exited through Shayne's eye socket, blinding him in that eye and possibly compromising vision in the other...

Mayfield, Park-goers find blood at North Chagrin Reservation after deer culling February 14, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
... As many moms, kids and other park-goers enjoyed 30-degree temperatures Thursday, the snow was stained with what appeared to be blood in several spots near the playground, public restroom and shelter. Animal prints, tire tracks and footprints weaved through the open field to the woods ... "Everybody knows their annual, ugly campaign of killing deer is going on here ...

Smaller crossbow hunting safety zones could endanger children, others October 2, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com, Rose Ann Scotti, former mayor of Colts Neck Township
... Hunters in attendance at local meetings often cite the new parameters for bows as a “right” because it falls within in state statute, and they threaten lawsuits if local ordinances are not brought into compliance...  I deeply resent state representatives implying that the municipality must bring its ordinance into compliance with the state when the tenet of local rule is well-grounded in court precedent....

West Manheim residents express concerns over potential watershed hunting November 3, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Evening Sun
... The fear is the possibility of being shot while standing in the middle of the kitchen making breakfast, said West Manheim Township resident Richard DeFord ... "There are deer in my yard all the time from out of the watershed," said Cheryl Kavanaugh, who lives on Bair Circle with her husband Dennis. "What's to stop a hunter from shooting through the safety zone at those deer and hitting my house or me?" ..

Man shot by deer hunter at Bald Mountain Recreation Area November 27, 2014 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... A 34-year-old Oakland Township man walking with a friend was accidentally shot by a hunter ..  lost sight of a deer he'd seen running in the area and when he heard movement, discharged two rounds of buckshot ...

... "My younger son was standing next to the horse only about five feet away ... well when the gun shot went off the horse more or less hit the ground." ... a bullet intended for a deer that instead struck Cheyanne between the eyes ..

Pelham man escapes injury when shotgun slug penetrates wall December 16, 2014 Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune
...a bullet flew over his head and penetrated his living room wall... Crooker had shot at a deer in a nearby wooded area, missed and the shotgun slug went through the Gladus' outside wall ...

Matthews, Should Bow Hunting Be Allowed In Neighborhoods? September 12, 2014 Wccb Charlotte 
... Flying arrows and dead deer aren't exactly what property owners like Liz Teifer had in mind when she moved into her quiet, family-friendly Matthews community... Teifer's neighbor is one of six applicants asking the Town of Matthews to allow them to shoot deer with bow and arrow on their property. "There's a place for hunting, but it's not in a neighborhood. It's full of kids...

Emerald Isle, Deer hunt comments encouraged February 11, 2015 North Carolina, carolinacoastonline.com
... I awoke ... to find a police truck parked in front of my house and an officer trampling through the yards... they had shot a deer during the night and not retrieved it. I was shocked to learn they were shooting deer on the streets... When did my street become a “limited wooded area?” This takes place from midnight until 4 a.m...

Hunter shot as Steuben deer hunt goes awry December 1, 2015 Indiana, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
...  it seemed like a good idea at the time: placing eight hunters around the perimeter of 50 acres of woods and fields... landed one man in the hospital with a shotgun wound to the face Saturday afternoon...

... Ripley, whose 18-year-old daughter, Megan, was shot and killed by a hunter ...“In the nine years since my daughter’s death, there has been no significant headway in protecting private property or public safety,” Ripley said.

Bernardsville, Liability concerns over Bernardsville deer hunt promotion June 5, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... potential liability issues were raised by Borough Attorney John Pidgeon and Police Chief Kevin Valentine... The Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club has for years hunted deer in nearby towns ... 

Kensington Metropark, Genoa man criticizes killing of white deer at park July 10, 2015 Michigan, Livingston Daily 
... Muelle said the sharpshooter did identify the target, but did not notice its antlers or coat against the snow. He has said his sharpshooters were told to avoid the white deer if possible, but the conditions were terrible on the night in question ...  sharpshooters are all trained and certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. ... 

Shots hit home in OOB hunting incident November 20, 2013 Maine, WLBZ-TV
... A woman in Old Orchard beach says she's lucky she wasn't seriously injured this morning when hunters shot in the direction of her home...

 ... A resident living in the 1900 block of Forest Park Road told the Muskegon Chronicle that she didn't feel safe after a bow hunting neighbor shot a deer, which eventually died near her and her neighbor's property line....

Genesee legislators table vote on deer hunting plan for county park April 22, 2015 New York, The Daily News Online
... Several legislators expressed reservations about parameters of  the pilot archery program, particularly allowing the public in the park at the same time as hunters.
“My concern is the safety of the public,”  ...

Avon Lake residents oppose deer legislation June 30, 2014 Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... Residents expressed their opposition to allowing the city’s residents to bow hunt deer in an effort to decrease their population ... “Safety should be your objective, not the slaughter of innocent deer.” ... I must fear being in my own yard, this reckless proposition.” ... 

Oxford continues deer hunting program for city, public safety employees July 25, 2011, Ohio, Oxford Press
... “I have actually observed this deer enter our fenced yard.” “I am frightened for the other children in our neighborhood,” he said. For the third year, Oxford will allow bow and arrow hunting of deer by approved hunters ...

North Olmsted residents offer divided opinions on deer hunting proposal October 15, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... Residents speaking Tuesday night were nearly evenly divided between supporters of culling deer and opponents... Steve Wolf, a Butternut Ridge Road resident and attorney, said the city should consider liability issues if injured deer run off...

 Sampson State Park, Deer-hunting rules change at Sampson State Park September 7, 2014 New York, Auburn Citizen
... it will be archery only at Sampson State Park, and it will be year one of a five-year deer quality management plan involving antler restrictions... In 2003 an individual hunting the park with 17 other hunters was shot in the nose by one of the hunters in his group during a drive. Seven of the hunters were driving deer to the rest of the members ...

... it appears that two men were "red-tag hunting" for deer on a neighboring property when a stray bullet entered a window of the home, seriously wounding the baby and grazing his father...

Kick Off Rifle Deer Hunting Season Safely November 14, 2014 Vermont, mychamplainvalley.com
...  this year there is a change to “road hunting.” A hunter cannot take any animal while within a 25 mile radius of a highway that is traveled by using firearms, muzzleholder, bow and arrow, or crossbow.  Safety should always be taken seriously while hunting...

...  headed east on Highway 34 ... "I reached over to turn the thermostat up in the car and there was this big loud pop and glass was all over the place," ... Margie assumes it was a hunter since the bullet came from a high powered rifle...

Hunter shoots house on first day of gun deer season November 16, 2014 New York, WGRZ-TV
...  A stray bullet broke a first-floor window and lodged in the desk of a home office at 3006 River Road on Saturday, the first day of hunting season ...

Change to USDA Sharpshooter Regulations

State halts deer management programs; local leaders confused why August 16, 2017 New York, CNYcentral.com
... USDA Wildlife Services, spelled out what will no longer be covered:   Use of bait within 300 feet of a public highway.  Possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.  
Discharge of firearms at distances less than 500 feet from a dwelling house, farm building, etc.  Discharge of a firearm from a road.  Use of rifles on Long Island and in Westchester County...

Risks of Donating Urban Deer as Food

Deer carrying domestic cat disease ... December 24, 2014 Ohio, Penn Live
... Researchers with Ohio State University have found a large percentage of the Greater Cleveland area's white-tailed deer infected with a parasite associated with feral domestic cats, according to a study published in the journal EcoHealth... Similar estimates for deer infections have been found in Iowa (53.5-64.2 percent), Pennsylvania (60 percent), Mississippi (46.5 percent) and Ohio (44 percent) ...

The cat-deer connection also affects humans March 22, 2015 Ohio, Goerie 
... peer-reviewed study published in the journal Eco-Health found that a large percentage of white-tailed deer in the Cleveland area is infected with toxoplasmosis ... When one animal, say a human, eats an animal, say a deer, which has tissue cysts, and tissue which contains the cysts is eaten, the human becomes infected.  Ironically, it is very unlikely that a person would be infected from a cat ...
Third deer hunt in Blue Hills draws opposition August 23, 2017 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger
... “Last year, we had a series of gunshots close to our house, ... All we need is one bad shot.” ... The lone speaker in favor of the hunt was Paul Johnson of the Plymouth County League of Sportsmen...

Batavia, Deer Management Task Force settles for non-lethal recommendations July 10, 2017 New York, The Daily News Online
...  it was determined by the task force that the City should not take a lethal approach to managing the deer population, but rather manage deer-related impacts,” the final report states... citing the city’s density and inadequate hunting environment in most areas...

Toledo council falls short in changing law for kill January 25, 2017 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Toledo City Council narrowly failed to approve a proposal Tuesday that would allow the Metroparks of the Toledo Area to conduct deer kills in Swan Creek Preserve Metropark ...  many South Toledo residents oppose killing the deer, and some were shocked the city would allow high-powered rifles to be fired within the city limits...

... A moratorium is now in effect for hunting deer in Ellisville... The call for the practice to stop came after a child found an arrow on his property. The Mayor backed the moratorium, saying allowing residents to hunt the deer really wasn’t curbing the over-population problem...

Urging Upper Dublin Township to ban deer hunts April 21, 2016 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News
...  Dangerous arrows found by adults and school children on private properties and a preserve...

Joseph rejects Hansell's deer bill December 13, 2016 Oregon, Wallowa County Cheiftain
... Sen. Bill Hansell’s draft bill included a population control plan that said ODFW could kill deer, after live trapping and moving them ... citizens were worried armed men would march through town shooting deer...

Shelter Island, Tempers flare over extending deer hunt July 13, 2016 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... Mr. Amann raised the issue of liability should anyone be injured during either April or September when the Island’s [deer] population is higher than it is during the winter months.  Who would be responsible for a hunting accident — the property owner or the town, Mr. Amann asked.  There was no clear answer...

Decorah, Decorah City Council tables deer hunting proposal August 15, 2016 Iowa, decorahnews.com
...  the board had concerns about public safety; needed more education on the issue; wanted more data on the local deer population; and wanted to consider a shorter hunting season...

Grand Haven, City to consider deer management actions November 19, 2016 Michigan, Grand Haven Tribune
... “When they killed (deer) in 2009, there were families walking their dogs in the cemetery while armed men rode around in trucks shooting at deer ... This is an accident waiting to happen. Government's first responsibility is the safety of its citizens.” ...

Bay Village City Council once again discussing deer issue June 14, 2016 Ohiom, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... "Half our residents think there is a deer problem and the other half think that there isn't," said Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland... an area that's large enough for culling?  ... "I'd rather sustain the damage to my hostas than in any way danger our residents," ...

... A 78-year-old man has been injured after being shot by a York Regional Police officer who was attempting to put down a seriously injured deer in Thornhill...
     Shoot the Deer, NOT the Human! November 10, 2015 Ontario, 640toronto.com
...a senior was injured during the takedown of an injured deer Monday...officers used a gun to end its life. The may have nearly ended the life of a nearby 78-year-old man ...

Silver City, Town manager says no hunting in city limits March 9, 2016 New Mexico, Silver City Sun-News
... “It’s within the Game and Fish Department’s purview to recommend hunts, but within the Silver City town limits it is against the law,” Brown said. “That is within our purview.” ...

Ann Arbor, People in shooting zones posed a challenge during Ann Arbor deer cull  June 7, Michigan, MLive.com
...  "During every management visit, individuals were observed in closed parks at the same time deer were being observed and the operation had to be suspended,"  ...  people, including joggers, dog walkers and sledders, entering and exiting parks at times when the parks were closed for shooting, and people were unaware of the shooting taking place ... read the report

...    people I spoke to handed me 2 arrows shot right at their homes and both landed very close. One landed just 20 feet away from where I often see a sweet 2-year-old named Charlie play every day....

Ottawa Hills, Deer debate continues in Ottawa Hills March 16, 2015 Ohio, 13abc 
... using hunters in Ottawa Hills was met with some strong opposition...  the village turned down hunting in the village 5 years ago ...

How to control those deer overrunning Detroit suburbs? March 7, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey said ... Culls are out of the question because you could have "the bullets missing the target, hitting a home, hitting people," ... 

... Mayor Margot J. Garant said ... “The bow and arrow can be a very deadly weapon ... We just don’t want to condone that in the village.” ... some residents have reported seeing deer apparently wounded by arrows wandering the community...

Toledo, Beheaded deer found in Toledo city park February 5, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
 ...  "Not only is it a public safety issue, it besmirches the tradition of responsible hunting... " crossbows were used to kill three bucks in Delaware Park ...

Ottawa Hills, No to deer cull October 8, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... until Ottawa Hills exhausts reasonable, nonlethal methods to control its deer population, carrying out a potentially hazardous hunting program to solve a largely aesthetic problem appears unjustified. The Blade recommends a NO vote on Issue 13... In 2010, Ottawa Hills voters rejected a similar proposal to repeal the village’s ban on discharging firearms to cull deer...

Pinehurst Village Council Votes Down Proposal to Kill Deer January 14, 2015 North Carolina, The pilot
... Council voted 4-1 Tuesday afternoon to formally reject a recommendation from a task force to implement a "selective" hunting program to manage the deer herd.  "I am not and never will be in favor of shooting deer, killing deer, in the village of Pinehurst," Mayor Pro Tem John Cashion said after making a motion. "In the end, if there is one minor mistake, we'd never survive it...
     Village Council Rejects Proposal to Kill Deer December 10, 2014 North Carolina, The pilot 
... "As for us shooting deer in Pinehurst, I will never vote for it," Mayor Pro Tem John Cashion said, drawing applause from many in the audience. "I am not willing to take and cull the deer in the village of Pinehurst and put our citizens at risk." ... 

Deer slug enters home and nearly hits man in the head November 27, 2015 New York, WKBW-TV
... A deer slug from a hunter’s shotgun entered a Bank Street home and nearly struck a man in the head Thursday morning...

Elba Man almost hit in the head with deer slug while inside his home



... The administration last September proposed allowing licensed hunters, with permission from the state and city, to bow hunt deer on private property. However, residents' reactions were mixed, with concerns about safety and whether many residents had large enough properties to allow bow hunting... Tuesday night, council voted 5-2 to remove the bow-hunting provision entirely from the proposed ordinance ...

Hunter fires at deer, strikes home in Arcade December 21, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
...  man hunting in Arcade fired a rifle and the bullet struck a home ...

... A 54-year-old hunter in a tree stand shot an arrow from his compound bow that struck the 24-year-old victim on the ground about 30 yards away. The injured man was airlifted to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit. After he was stabilized, he was airlifted to a Maryland hospital, where he underwent surgery today...

Stray Bullet Bulldozes Into Deer Park Home November 6, 2015 Washington, KHQ Right Now
... "There could be 40 deer out there at a time," ... But, the preferred peace on this Deer Park property was punctured when a hunter's bullet bulldozed into their home...

Hunting safety in crosshairs after fatal shooting November 12, 2015 Colorado, The Coloradoan
...  two recent shooting-related fatalities on Colorado’s public forest lands ... have intensified the conversation about the safety of recreational shooting and hunting.  In September, a 14-year-old boy bow hunting with his father on Grand Mesa on the Western Slope was killed by an errant rifle shot from a Minnesota hunter. In July, a 60-year-old man camping in Pike & San Isabel National Forest was killed by an errant bullet from a recreational shooter...

New Castle County cancels controversial deer hunt April 3, 2015 Delaware, Delaware Online 
... Certified master hunters were to sweep the park targeting female deer with arrows... "It had the prospects of turning into a circus. It is an issue of public health and public safety. We are getting suggestions that there were going to be protests and that would be a public safety issue," ...

 ... Misfired and ricocheted bullets and projectiles are a serious lethal threat. You only have to look to Amherst, N.Y., where a bullet fired by a police sharpshooter in a tree stand aiming down toward a deer on the ground ricocheted into a residential neighborhood blowing a baseball-sized hole in a young couple’s home while the father was inside with his son...

... "It is frightening to have people stalking deer around your home and the mental anguish of having to witness the pain and stress the deer endure is heartbreaking," Reid said... asked the District put an end to archery hunting ...

Pinehurst confronts deer problem, but won't use culling February 16, 2015 North Carolina, Fayetteville Observer 
...  The Village Council agreed to post deer crossing signs and continue a prohibition on feeding wildlife, but stopped short of starting a program to kill deer in the village... "Council's primary concern about the culling was being able to do it in a safe manner," said Jeff Batton, interim village manager. "They basically said not at this time." ...

Hunter's bullet passes through deer, hits home in rural Prairie du Chien November 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Telegraph Herald 
...  hunting nearby when he shot a deer ... the bullet traveled through the animal and struck the window, which was about 140 yards away...

Deer neighbors December 28, 2014 Toledo Blade 
... Ottawa Hills voters agreed four years ago that shooting isn’t a good solution to the village’s deer-population problem ... Open shooting in a densely populated suburb poses a hazard not just to deer, but also to the people who live there...

  Mt. Lebanon deer culling effort gets OK December 10, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 ... hunting on public land was a prerequisite for state game commission approval of other deer control measures Mt. Lebanon wants to use. ... Cornell had about the same number of deer on campus, because clamping or cutting does' fallopian tubes didn't prevent heat. That brought more bucks to campus, Curtis said. [ovariectomy would prevent the does from going into heat, Cornell used tubal ligation]  “I'd settle for a safe, legal, less effective program so we can move forward,” Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Dave Brumfield said...

... Bountiful City leaders and volunteers are collaborating this winter in an effort to trap and move urban deer from suburban neighborhoods to remote locations across Utah...  Highland residents told council members they worry about the safety of allowing archery hunting in city limits....

Hunters Getting Ready To Head Into The Woods For Buck Season November 28, 2014 Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh
... Every year, we hear of hunters accidentally hitting a home, building or business, so the Game Commission wants those heading out to remember this.  “Safety zone distance for archers and crossbow hunters is 50 yards from any occupied dwelling, and 150 yards if you’re a gun hunter,” ..

Bullet Holes in Iron River School Were Intended for Deer December 4, 2014 Minnesota, WDIO-TV 
... two bullet holes in the elementary school door. the rifle shot was fired from a vehicle, and was intended for a deer that was standing in the road near the school. …

Jogger shot by deer hunter on Cape Cod December 9, 2014 Massachusetts, CBS 12 News 
...  a deer hunter has been arrested after mistakenly shooting a jogger in the woods... reported in stable condition ...
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