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Re: “Chapel Hill behaves like deer in headlights on bowhunting issue

I feel so sorry for the Chapel Hill residents. Their whole lives are being put at risk. I just read how they passed an anti-tethering law, where it's highly illegal to even tie your own dog out in your own yard, for even a short time.

Now, come on people. What the town of Chapel Hill is doing is endangering their citizens lives! If you got a major problem with deer roaming loose in people's yard, there's no Lyme Disease shots for humans, you could well end up getting lyme disease being forced to walk your dog on a leash several times a day.
Chapel Hill is a very hot place to live in the summer. Vets advice wearing long pants, light in color, so you can see the ticks should they appear on you.
However who wants to wear long pants at all, when the average temperature is 90 degrees or higher. We've had one of the hottest summers on records, and now with the deer population exploding, there's probably going to be a lot of people coming down with Lyme Disease.
Nice going Chapel Hill for passing that Anti-Tethering Law!

You are putting dog owner's very lives at stake with that law and all the deer who roam there! I would say that's a violation of one's constitutional rights.
Write to Governor Bev Purdue and ask her to revoke that law, the anti-tethering law. Until they come up with a vaccine for humans against Lyme Disease and until they can cull the deer population down to a safe level, that law should never be in place!
Her address is: Governor Bev Perdue Office of the Governor 20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-0301. Phone: (919)733-4240. Fax: (919)733-2120 .

Posted by DeerRDangerous on 08/14/2010 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Chapel Hill behaves like deer in headlights on bowhunting issue

They are not the only ones who need desperately to cull the deer in their town. Asheville needs it badly!
They need to have a culling session immediately in South Asheville too. The ball season is going to start up soon and that puts kids & parents at risk. Especially near the Ray Kisiah Ballpark which is on 70 West Chapel Road in South Asheville. There are so many deer running loose in that area, being that it fronts the woods near the parkway.
Not only do you have to worry about trying to dodge a deer and hitting someone head-on a very narrow winding road, but you also do have to worry about the dangers of Bucks getting aggressive and hurting someone.
We had two bucks with their antlers locked together in battle right outside our bedroom window late last winter and there was a doe standing there.
Calling the Animal Control did nothing to safeguard us. Instead the Asheville Police Department answered and the dispatcher, a young female, refusing to give out her name, just told us to step outside, the bucks would run away!

Wrong!!! Don't ever think it's safe to be around wild 8-10 point bucks! They are aggressive during mating season and known to gore people, sometimes to death!
These deer are posing an immediate danger to our very lives. Since the State of NC insists that people can legally feed any type of wildlife, people are doing so, and putting their entire neighborhoods at risk and anyone else visiting that area.
This needs to stop now. Another alarming thing is, it is a fact that deer can carry the deer tick, (that's a fact) which causes Lyme Disease, a horribly crippling disease if left untreated. The problem with Lyme Disease is, it's difficult to diagnose and if you go for months or years with no treatment you'll develop horrible symptoms like arthritis, chronic pain, heart palpitations, diahhrea, facial palsy, confusion, fibromyalgic like symptoms and your whole health will be effected, not to mention your lifespan. In rare cases you can even develop meningitis, and people have been known to DIE from Lyme Disease too!
Not only do we have some of the most narrow, twisty, winding roads in the state, but they are frequently putting our very lives at risk, for half a dozen deer will come racing across our own driveway, literally dozens of times when we tried to get up our own driveway! The deer don't look both ways before running in front of my car, trust me, they don't look at all, they just run.

The deer are also getting unafraid of humans, so often we'll see them in our front yard, yell out to scare them away, and they won't move an inch.
It's because there are people nearby who are deliberately feeding them and also luring them to their yards, so they can collect their antlers with a salt block they leave in their yard year round. The disturbing thing about this is, one of the people who live at the house who does this is a fireman. Fireman's jobs are to save people's lives, not put them at risk on a daily basis. Yet, the Animal Control of Asheville refuses to stop these same people from leaving out a salt block, which is often used to attract deer to a location.
To have a salt block out year round, near a kids' ballpark is highly dangerous, given how many deer are in the South Asheville area. This is only a few miles from Biltmore Forest, where they were also forced to have a culling session a few years back.
Deer are not safe to be around. Might be interesting to see them, but you don't want them coming regularly to your front door or back yard!

Posted by DeerRDangerous on 08/14/2010 at 10:59 AM

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