Deer vote on ballot

BAR HARBOR — Town councilors recently approved signing the warrant for a special town meeting on Nov. 4 for a vote on the proposed deer herd reduction plan.

The plan, developed by the deer herd control task force in conjunction with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials, calls for special wintertime firearm hunts to reduce the deer population, followed by regular, annual fall archery seasons. It would represent the first time since the 1930s that deer hunting would be allowed on Mount Desert Island, and is a response to increasing numbers of car/deer accidents, landscape damage and Lyme disease cases.

The plan will be voted on by written ballot.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, in town council chambers, beginning at 7 p.m.