Ban on deer hunting is shot down

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WESTON – A proposed hunting ban in Weston’s town forests failed with a show of hands by residents packed into a standing-room-only Town Meeting at Weston High School Wednesday night.

The ban proposed by local anti-hunting group Weston Deer Friends would have ended the town’s year-old deer management program that last fall allowed 26 prescreened bow hunters to set up tree stands in five narrowly defined stretches of conservation land in a bid to reduce what officials consider to be an overpopulation of deer.

The Conservation Commission unanimously recommended continuing the hunting program as part of an overall strategy to reduce collisions of cars and deer, to combat Lyme and other infectious diseases spread by ticks that feed on deer, and to protect crops, residential landscaping, and local forest ecology.

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