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Darien suspends town deer hunt indefinitely

November 09, 2011 | Deer / Free-Living Animals / Hunting & Wildlife Management

The Darien Times

Written by Susan Shultz

Darien-based animal rights organization Friends of Animals has vocally opposed the hunt each year since it started in 2005. The organization also filed a formal complaint with the state's Freedom of Information office regarding lack of response by the town to its requests for information regarding the Deer Management Commission.

The seventh town-sponsored deer cull, which was to start this week in Selleck's Woods, has been suspended indefinitely by town counsel John Wayne Fox because of unresolved problems with the town deer commission and the town's insurance.

In a press release from Kent Haydock, chairman of the Deer Management Commission, sent out Wednesday morning, he said the commission had been advised by Fox that the cull would be suspended "pending resolution of certain issues."

"This does not affect hunting on private land, which accounts for the vast majority of annual deer reduction here," Haydock wrote.

Outgoing First Selectman Dave Campbell told The Darien Times that the cull was suspended pending the resolution of some organizational problems with the commission in order for it to be covered under the town's insurance plan.

Campbell said the commission had been operating "on its own," appointing its own members and other organizational steps independent of the Board of Selectmen, which could go against the Town Charter. In order for it to be covered by town insurance, the commission would have to be more formalized and have appointees made by the board.

The deer commission has been accused of not abiding by the Freedom of Information Act.

Campbell said the cull will not be resumed this year and there's a possibility a town-sponsored cull in Selleck's Woods might be discontinued.

In Wednesday's press release, Haydock apologized to residents surrounding Selleck's Woods "who were again anticipating this special protection of their families and neighbors from deer-tick disease, dangerous deer-vehicle accidents, and loss of foliage due to continuing over-abundant deer."

He also apologized to the bow hunters "who were donating their deer harvest to homeless shelters."

In December 2010, the cull in Selleck's Woods was cut short due to interference by some dog owners, Haydock said. It ended up killing six deer.

Darien-based animal rights organization Friends of Animals has vocally opposed the hunt each year since it started in 2005. The organization also filed a formal complaint with the state's Freedom of Information office regarding lack of response by the town to its requests for information regarding the Deer Management Commission.

Haydock also suggested residents interested in having a private bow hunter to inspect their wooded property to call 203-655-7371.

Comments

lets evolve enough to STOP ALL VIOLENCE! Please! No hunting, ever.

Thank you!

Good news that a deer kill has been suspended indefinitely! There are far healthier alternatives to eating deer and other animals, and several ways to detract deer from communities. Thanks, Friends of Animals!

What is with the newspaper-sponsored promotion/advertisement of a private bow hunter at the end of the article? Um, does that look like unbiased reporting to you? Hope not! Please know that many of us who oppose murdering deer also oppose the murder of chickens, cows, and pigs. I mention this to further increase the awareness of the inhumaneness of killing ALL animals (usually done in horrific, prolonged, ways) when it is simply not necessary. It costs so much more to raise cattle, etc., than grow vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains and it is amazing how much better you feel without dead flesh in your stomache! To whoever can look at an innocent deer, cow, pig, or chicken in the eyes and kill it without remorse...I feel sorry for you. And to anyone who cannot do it themselves, but eats the dead animal anyways, I feel even worse for you. This could only occur if you have so entirely desensitized yourself to the suffering of a fellow creature that a part of your conscience itself has died. To live a life where you go out of your way NOT to harm a fellow creature is such a happier, more beautiful way to live.

everyday i go out i see deer hit on the side of the curb people in new jersey need to slow down with their cars speeding all the time. IT HURTS ok

this is fantastic! it hurts me as well to see deer hit by the side of the road. i was very happy to hear this!!!!

as an american i think is awful that people hunt creature of god. i am animal lover a true me. i had to take early retirement and i feed two of own cat plus 3 other,on a very tiny income. there so many people that go out of there way to protect criminals, of all kinds and not do it for animals that are god's most valuable creatures, here in florida and in miami, there people from countries that mis-treat animals, that's their culture, well dam them, and they call themselves believers of god ways, they're phony. keep up the good work/god bless you all

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