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Memo to Bambi: Avoid Framingham

Posted by Ralph Ranalli September 25, 2007 09:32 AM

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(Globe staff photo by Tom Herde)

FRAMINGHAM

For the first time, the town's Conservation Commission is considering allowing bow hunting for deer in Wittenborg Woods and Macomber Woods and is inviting residents to a public forum at Town Hall Oct. 1 to discuss the issue.

The continued growth of the deer population in eastern Massachusetts has led to adverse effects on vegetation and other wildlife, said conservation agent, Michele Grzenda.

"The commission is looking at this strictly as a land management tool," she said. The Town will not impose a fee on hunters, she said.

According to the commission, Framingham has roughly 18-20 deer per square mile, which is twice the density that would thrive in a balanced, natural environment. The Town's proposal would allow 10 bow hunters per parcel from mid-October to mid-December.

The forum will include a presentation by Tom O'Shea, assistant director of wildlife for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. O'Shea will do a slide presentation on deer population trends, issues related to the overpopulation of deer, and offer options for residents.

The commission will vote on the issue Oct. 3 and make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen, who will make a final decision Oct. 16. The public forum will be held in the Public Hearing Room at Town Hall at 150 Concord St. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Officials are urging anyone interested in more information to call 508-532-5460.

-- Tanya Pérez-Brennan

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