SILVER SPRING, MD – To help reduce deer-related traffic accidents and other negative impacts in Montgomery County, MD, an interagency working group program recommends a variety of non-lethal and lethal strategies including new deer population management initiatives on public land.
The Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group has released its annual report and recommendations on deer management in the county for fiscal year 2006. Available online at www.ParksDeerManagement.org, the report presents an overview of the county’s deer management program, actions implemented since the program began in 1995 and lists specific recommendations for implementation in the next year. For more information or to make comments on the report, residents can send e-mails to MCP-DeerManagement@mncppc-mc.org or call 301-949-2909.
The Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group continues to work closely with state and county agencies to address and reduce deer-related impacts. For instance, more than 1,200 homeowners have attended workshops held by the Cooperative Extension Service and Park and Planning to learn tips on landscaping, repellents, fencing and other methods. Homeowner and community associations that would like a free workshop on controlling deer damage around the home can call 301-590-9650 or 301-949-2909.
Managed deer hunting and police-based sharpshooting have been used in 14 county parks, two state parks and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission land to reduce deer populations in communities experiencing a high level of deer-related impacts. The state’s Department of Natural Resources continues to make changes to state deer hunting regulations in an attempt to increase the annual harvest of deer, with an emphasis on deer without antlers. The State Highway Administration and the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation are investigating and implementing measures such as wildlife passages under new roads, wildlife reflector systems, and new signage and driver warning systems to reduce the occurrence of deer-related automobile accidents. Collectively, these strategies are intended to reduce deer-human conflicts countywide.
New deer population management operations, including additional managed hunts and sharpshooting operations, are proposed for this year at several locations throughout the county. More specific information about these actions will be announced later this summer.
This year, M-NCPPC will initiate a new method of notifying residents about M-NCPPC managed hunts and receiving public comments. Rather than holding public meetings, which have had very low attendance in recent years, M-NCPPC will publicize this information through mailings to affected civic and homeowner associations, news releases to local newspapers and the Internet. This new approach will provide convenient opportunities for citizens to learn about and comment on deer population management actions that are proposed on parkland throughout the county. Residents will be able to submit comments through the mail or via e-mail. Information will be provided at www.ParksDeerManagement.org when the new deer population management operations are announced.