Residents react to MDI deer hunt proposal

BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Earlier in July, the Bar Harbor Deer Herd Control Task Force proposed bringing deer hunting back to Mount Desert Island. It's been prohibited since the 1930's.

The idea behind it is to control an overpopulation of deer.

A short term plan would would allow property owners to hunt deer on their own land under the supervision of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife once a year for the next two to four years. All forms of deer hunting would be allowed, including the use of guns. After that, a long term plan would allow for the public to hunt on MDI every October, but using bows only.

Some Bar Harbor residents are not happy about the idea.

"Well if you have deer that are eating your crops or bothering you on your own land, you can go to the town and get a nuisance permit to eliminate that problem," said biologist and Bar Harbor resident, Michael Good.

Residents will be able to voice their concerns to the Bar Harbor town council next week, the proposal will be heard at a public hearing on August 5th.


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