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Success Story: Community Vetoes Urban Bow Hunt and Sets Example for Other
U.S. Towns at Odds over Suburban Deer
WASHINGTON (October 20, 2006)The Humane Society of the United States
applauds the Board of Supervisors of East Goshen, Pennsylvania for voting
against a proposal to allow bow hunt to kill deer to take place in their
community this fall. Citizens packed the room of the board¹s meeting earlier
this month, where it voted overwhelmingly against a suburban bow hunt.
³We praise the East Goshen Board of Supervisors for their decision against a
bow hunt,² said John Grandy, Ph.D. wildlife biologist and senior vice
president of The HSUS. ³This method of killing results in high incidents
of wounding causing unnecessary suffering for the targeted animal,² he said.
³We encourage other communities to follow their lead and adopt humane
solutions to deer conflicts.²
Nationwide, communities are going head to head with white-tailed deer, and
there is much controversy on how to handle the conflict. A recent study
shows that 1 out of 3 deer may be crippled outright, not killed, by an
arrow, and many of those deer are left behind by the hunter.
The HSUS advocates non-lethal means for resolving conflicts between people
and wildlife and cultivates understanding and appreciation for wild animals
commonly found in cities and towns. Non-lethal solutions are working in
other suburban communities. For example, a day-long workshop on solving deer
problems was provided for citizens of Westchester County, NY and it included
approaches such as appropriate fencing, effective repellents, how to choose
deer-resistant plant varieties and other innovative techniques. In Waterton,
Canada, so many residents and businesses routinely use fencing and mesh to
protect prized vegetation to the extent that it becomes part of the ³town
For more information on humanely resolving conflicts with wildlife go to
Media Contact: Karen L. Allanach (301) 548-7778, kallanach@...
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