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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Success Story: Community Vetoes Urban Bow Hunt and Sets Example for Other U.S. Towns at Odds over Suburban Deer WASHINGTON (October 20,
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 21, 2006
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      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
      look.²

      For more information on humanely resolving conflicts with wildlife go to
      www.wildneighbors.org.

      Media Contact: Karen L. Allanach (301) 548-7778, kallanach@...







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