OXFORD – Mayor George “Pat” Patterson addressed the emotional nature of his decision to thin the city’s deer population at Tuesday’s city board meeting.
The city secured a state depredation permit last week after years of complaints that deer riddle landscaping and pose frequent traffic hazards, and Patterson authorized about 20 experienced bowhunters to kill them over a 10-day period.
Patterson said he consulted with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officials and a biologist from Mississippi State University before taking the action. City officials, wildlife officials and hunters will meet Monday at 5:30 at City Hall to review the depredation effort, and the public is welcome.
Patterson read e-mails from both supporters and opponents of the deer kill.
“We strongly object to killing deer in our neighborhood,” said one. “No one has permission to come on our property to chase or harm any deer.”
Another said, “Our grandchildren love to play outside, and the deer are even threatening to them. … Please, rid us of these dangerous, disease-carrying pests.”
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