Deer group to disband

BAR HARBOR — The deer herd control task force will disband after their term expires next spring, town councilors agreed earlier this month.

Task force chairman Rob Kelley told councilors that the group could stay together in the wake of the defeat this fall of their proposed management plan, but that any more conservative options they might be able to present would have serious flaws.

Councilors voted unanimously to let the group’s term expire in June 2015 as it is currently set to do, but not without much praise for the group’s work. “I know that the whole committee worked very, very hard to come up with this information,” councilor Peter St. Germain said. “It was an exhaustive effort and a very comprehensive study.”

The task force worked for two years to study deer issues locally, and along with state wildlife officials, developed a proposal for reducing the deer population.

That proposal, which would have had short-term firearms hunting and long-term archery seasons, was defeated by voters on Election Day this fall, with 46 percent of voters coming out in favor and 54 percent coming out against.


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