A mis­fire

Wa­ter­shed bow hunt did lit­tle to de­crease Truro’s deer pop­u­la­tion

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN

Early re­sults from this fall’s bowhunt­ing ex­er­cise in the Town of Truro’s wa­ter­shed area in­di­cate it did lit­tle to re­duce the town’s grow­ing deer pop­u­la­tion.

“Two (hunters) were suc­cess­ful in get­ting a deer,” said Joel Dawe, act­ing di­rec­tor of the town’s Parks Recre­ation and Cul­ture De­part­ment. “ irty ve weren’t.”

at was based on the re­sponse of 37 of the 54 hunters who reg­is­tered for the hunt, Dawe said.

The town de­cided to al­low bow hunt­ing in the wa­ter­shed area as a way to try to cut down on the deer pop­u­la­tion, which has be­come a nui­sance for many home own­ers, com­plain­ing about the an­i­mals de­stroy­ing their plants and gar­dens.

Con­cerns have also been ex­pressed by mo­torists be­cause of the po­ten­tial for vehicle col­li­sions with deer, along with in­creased fears of peo­ple con­tract­ing tick­borne Lyme dis­ease.

A sur­vey con­ducted ear­lier this year in­di­cated the ur­ban deer pop­u­la­tion was at least dou­ble the rest of Deer Man­age­ment Zone 107, which in­cludes South Colch­ester and East Hants. But based on re­sults of a ba­sic sur­vey con­ducted with the hunters, that over pop­u­la­tion does not seem to have spread into the wa­ter­shed area.

“We had a num­ber that scouted it out and didn’t see enough sign or what­ever,” Dawe said.

A num­ber of hunters also felt the area where bow hunt­ing was per­mit­ted was too far away from the down­town ar­eas where the deer have drifted into.

Dawe said 26 of the 37 hunters who par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey spent less than ve hours hunt­ing in the wa­ter­shed while the other 14 spent “con­sid­er­ably” more time there.

e town will be con­sult­ing with the De­part­ment of Lands and Forestry to de­ter­mine whether the wa­ter­shed hunt will con­tinue in fu­ture years.

FILE PHOTO

It’s be­com­ing an all-too-fa­mil­iar sight, to spot deer within Truro’s town lim­its. These three have been spend­ing a fair bit of time in the Vic­to­ria and King streets area.

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