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Westport Favors Education Over Deer Hunting

WESTPORT, Conn. – The deer population in Westport needs to be controlled — that's the conclusion that members of three Representative Town Meeting committees came to Wednesday night.

Last year, a petition led by resident Peter Knight called upon the Representative Town Meeting, the town's legislative body, to implement a deer management plan. Since then, the RTM's Environment, Health and Human Services, and Public Protection committees have held a series of public hearings on deer management options.

During Wednesday night's meeting, members of these committees voted 9-5 that there is a deer overpopulation problem in Westport that needs to be addressed. However, the committee members ruled out hunting as a method of control in a 13-1 vote to support the town's longstanding hunting ban.

Instead, these RTM committees are in favor of better educating residents about deer through a deer education campaign. The campaign, for example, would offer safe driving tips, information on ways to avoid ticks and tips on ways to keep deer out of gardens.

Members also agreed to recommend the administration create a deer control board or appoint a deer warden to oversee deer management issues in town.

What do you think is the town's best option to control the deer population? Leave a comment below.

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