Deer hunt: Town offers fact sheets

Fact sheets on deer and deer hunting in Ridgefield have been prepared by the Conservation Commission and are available online to inform people interested in participating in the June 5 public hearing on the town deer hunt.

The public hearing os Wednesday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. in town hall's lower level conference room.

The eight fact sheets cover a range of topics and were prepared by the Conservation Commission at the request of the Board of Selectmen.

The facts sheets are compiled into one document, which the Conservation Commission delivered to the selectmen last week.

The topics examined are: What is the history of the deer hunt in Ridgefield?

What are other towns doing with respect to deer hunts?

How many deer are there in Ridgefield?

How many deer are harvested in Ridgefield?

How is town open space affected by the hunt?

Are there conflicting population theories?

What other methods of deer control are there?

Do deer have natural predators?

What have we learned from Yale University?

What is the history of deer/automobile collisions?

How have deer affected the open space forest understory?

What is the relationship between deer and Lyme disease?

How have deer affected horticulture?

What is the way forward?