Weston opens public lands to first deer hunt in memory October 28, 2012 Massachusetts

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Weston opens public lands to first deer hunt in memory October 28, 2012 Massachusetts, Boston Globe
... The new policy has provoked fierce debate in Weston. Supporters say hunting is necessary to protect private property, restore ecological balance to the woods, and stem the spread of deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease to humans [deer density not correlated with Lyme disease]. Opponents decry the practice as cruel and dangerous... State wildlife officials estimate that Weston has 25 deer per square mile, while the community is more suited to just six to eight deer per square mile. [U.S. forest service estimates that 15 to 28 per square mile is optimal deer density]


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