Baltimore Co. Approves Controlled Deer Hunts

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County parks like Oregon Ridge have been approved for deer removal, though the word “hunting” is nowhere in the paperwork.

Alex DeMetrick reports something different will be tried, even though the end result is still a bullet.

Managed deer hunts, like the ones at Loch Raven Reservoir, have relied in large measure on the arrows and bullets of recreational hunters.  That has not set well with many nearby homeowners.

“It’s horrible.  We had deer on the side of Dulaney Valley Road that aren’t dead,” said Enid Feinberg.

But at county parks like Oregon Ridge, too many deer are devouring too much foliage.

“They are hearty eaters and they are destroying [forests],” said Shannon Davis.

That put the Baltimore County Council in the middle.  To hunt or not to hunt?

“We don’t want it to be a managed hunt, so to speak,” said County Councilman Tom Quirk.

For activists like Feinberg, there is a more humane way.  This past winter, she helped support the spaying and release of 32 wild deer.  It’s a practice deer cooperator programs can do.

“We want an ongoing dialogue about alternatives,” Councilman David Marks said.

But a bullet is still cheaper than a vet hired to sterilize a deer.

It’s not likely park visitors will see much.  In the interest of safety, the law that doesn’t call deer killing “hunting” and it will be done at night.

Even though the county is choosing to use private contractors for deer removal in its parks, the state Department of Natural Resources will set the rules and standards.

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  1. Josh says:

    This not a good idea…They should open the parks to bowhunters and then designate areas for them to hunt.

    1. Kimberly Blackwell says:

      i agree josh just like they did last year down gunpowder!!!

  2. Bunky says:

    Gimmmmmmme a break! It’s unlawful for me to hunt deer at night. (It’s called POACHING) How then is this any different? Oh yeah—there are rules for you and rules for us.

  3. sheriff says:

    All of you a….hole would be putting arrows in each other drunker than chief big dic.

  4. SILLYMAN MICHAELS says:

    SHOULD APPROVE 2 LEGGED HUNTING AT NIGHT

  5. Spider Monkey says:

    the picture dosn’t match the animal in the stroy

  6. Jim says:

    You could have at least used a whitetail picture or why not bambi for all the tree huggers to whine over!

  7. Middleriverfun says:

    CAN ride down to LOVER’S lane that would be Gunpowder park in chase anytime of night. THE ROAD is filled with deer. ASK ME HOW I KNOW?!?!! Yea my cheeks faced the moon once or twice..lol

  8. sheriff says:

    Middleriverfun,
    I hope you used a condom when banging your sister lest we have more ignorant inbreds form M.R. Essex.

  9. marian says:

    sheriff, didn’t know you were the only perfect person in this area. middleriver, essex and chase are 3 different locations. please go back to your opinated hole

    1. sheriff says:

      Marian the maid, I know where M.R. & Essex are dimwit. They border each other in Baltimore county & such a bunch of red neck ignorant low I.Q.’s. These idiots can’t even get out of the way of oncoming trains.

  10. Greg says:

    I am not a hunter but this is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of! The activist is worried about wounded deer by hunters. Wounded deer are typically the result of human error. This deer removal company is run by humans unless I missed something? I don’t care how good you are, everyone misses. The result is wounded deer!
    Way to make yourself look like a complete idiot on local TV!

  11. sheriff says:

    They should use AK-47 & shoot all their useless a$$es.

  12. MINZZ says:

    THE DEER, LET ALONE ALL THE ANIMALS WERE HEAR BEFORE WE WERE…ITS ACTUALLY THEIR LAND AND WE TOOK IT OVER…LEAVE THEM ALONE…..THE FOLIAGE IS THERE FOR THEM TO EAT…….THEY SHOULD BAN HUNTING ALTOGETHER,,,I TOTALLY DESPISE IT AND HUNTERS SHOULD BE KILLED. THEY ARE ALL INNOCENT CREATURES OF GOD, I LOVE ALL ANIMALS……….AND YOU CAN NOW MAKE ALL THE COMMENTS YOU WANT ABOUT MY POST IT WON’T MATTER…………HUNTING SHOULD BE A CRIME

    1. Mark says:

      hey dummy, do you mean they were HERE? they eat foliage and we eat THEM. it’s NATURAL

  13. Todd says:

    Minzz…So I guess you don’t eat any meat of any kind? If you do, how is that ANY different than a hunter shooting a deer to eat? Yes, you are right, the deer are innocent creatures of God.. put here for us to EAT. It’s called the food chain my friend. They eat the foliage and we eat them. If you would like to skip a step and eat nothing but the same foliage that they do, that is your choice, but don’t judge others for eating them.

  14. 7 point Steve says:

    Minz… back up your words with actions, demolish your house, plant trees where it stands now, and move into a cave, otherwise you are just another useless mouthpiece with no commitment.

    What? You won’t do that?

    Why not?

    Oh…. you want the rest of us to do that… but you get to keep yours… right?
    unless your house is older than mine(built in 1929), you go first. Until then…. you are nothing but talk..

  15. docmom says:

    shame on baltimore county! my daughter and 22 and counting of her 5th grade pals have vowed to chain them selves to trees the night of the slaughter-they have researched that there are more humane ways to decrease deer populations. food with birth control is more scientifically effective for example. of course that civilized optuion does not allow these ” hunters” to get their jollies slaughtering bambi to compensate for their educational and anatomical deficits. this fight is not over.

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