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Meeting Date: 1/11/2010

Title of Agenda Item: Response to Petition for an Urban Deer Hunt in the Mt. Bolus Neighborhood. (R-5)

Background: On March 8, 2009, a petition was received concerning the issue of deer overpopulation in Chapel Hill. On October 12, 2009 the Council received a petition from the Mt. Bolus neighborhood asking for a controlled hunt to reduce the numbers of deer. On October 12, 2009 the Police Department proposed to monitor vehicle deer accident data, design a public awareness campaign for motorists and recommend tips on how residents can keep deer out of their yards. The Council directed the Manager to return with additional information on possible options for controlling and managing deer populations. On November 23, 2009 the Chapel Hill Sustainability Committee submitted a petition requesting that the Council consider taking steps necessary to institute an urban archery program within the Town.

Fiscal Note: There would be minimal fiscal impact if the Council decides to approach this issue from the standpoint of developing an educational campaign. However, we anticipate significant costs if a population control method is selected.

Recommendations: We recommend that the Council adopt the attached resolution, which authorizes the Manager to develop an information packet for residents interested in protecting their landscaping and gardens from deer.

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Staff Memorandum
March 8, 2009 Petition
October 12, 2009 Petition
Sustainability Committee Petition
Deer Resistant Plants
Mt. Bolus Area Map