In-city hunt seems to make sense [UPDATED]Published 7:51am Friday, August 10, 2012 Updated 12:52pm Friday, August 10, 2012
While it’s easy to see both sides of the situation, an in-city deer hunt in Fergus Falls certainly seems to make sense.
First of all, safety seems to be well accounted for. We commend the police department for putting tight area and proficiency standards on hunters, and for holding the number of hunters to 10 for the first year.
The first hunt is in many ways a testing ground for a new idea here, and the restrictions seem both manageable and safe.
It also seems like a good way to curb the in-city deer population while not destroying it. Remember, this is not a “bonus” hunt. The 10 people who partake in the hunt this year will not then go out and shoot more deer in the area around Fergus Falls.
The council is simply hoping that a few deer that might eat a garden or hit a car will be taken care of before they can cause property damage, and that a few more deer might take the hint.
We understand the opposition. Fergus Falls is situated in a beautiful part of Minnesota, and it would be a shame to banish wildlife from the area completely.
But if the city can decrease the number of car/deer accidents or reduce other property damage issues, we can stand to see a few less deer frolicking in our nearby woods.