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Bob S
06-10-2008, 07:47 PM
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By Annette Kingsbury • Eccentric Staff Writer • June 10, 2008

The city of Rochester Hills may turn to sharpshooters to deal with its overpopulation of deer.

Responding to pleas from residents, especially in the Christian Hills neighborhood, City Council members on Monday heard from city naturalist Lance DeVoe and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. DeVoe said Rochester Hills’ deer herd is large, perhaps 1,000 deer or more, far more than is manageable.

Tim Payne, district supervisor for southeast Michigan for the DNR’s Wildlife Division, said the DNR would make permits available if the city chooses to allow sharpshooting. The city currently doesn’t allow hunting or trapping of any kind. The state also prohibits hunting within a 150-foot zone around an occupied dwelling.

“We as an agency are willing to step in and help you implement a plan that you might choose,” Payne said. “We prefer hunting as a more economical approach, but in some areas it’s not safe. We recognize that totally.”

Council President Greg Hooper said he doesn’t favor hunting on public lands, calling it hard to control. Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi sounded a bit more interested, “If we establish a target (deer population) and set up control methods,” he said. “We should continue this dialogue to reach a good solution, and do it quickly.”

DeVoe, who doesn’t favor hunting, urged the council to consider the repercussions sure to follow such a decision. “You are going to have to accept the bad that goes along with the good,” he said.

Councilman Martin Brennan said there didn’t seem to be many options.

“We are going to have to consider some drastic measures, so you might as well start talking about it and bring it out now,” he said.

Mayor Bryan Barnett said he would report back to the council within six weeks with the financial impact and expected outcomes of the options discussed.

“It has to be safe for our community,” he said.

Bob S
06-10-2008, 07:50 PM
The state also prohibits hunting within a 150-foot zone around an occupied dwelling.

This information from the article is incorrect. The safety zone is 150 yards(450 feet).