WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Deer hunting is currently permitted on town-owned lands in: Andover Dover Duxbury Framingham Medfield Sudbury Weston issues independently. She maintains hunters use arrows that can travel the length of a football field. In designated areas with trails and sections that border backyards, "People are up in trees and their accuracy shooting is not always reliable," she says. "The specialists the Conservation Commission consulted are bow hunters and DFW people who are interested in sport hunting. They have been coming into communities and alarming people about Lyme disease but they have an ulterior motive. They want to hunt." She anticipates fewer deer eating low-lying brush will mean taller grass along the trails, putting humans and pets in contact with more infected nymph ticks. "People are upset about deer eating their hostas," says Anderson. "A more humane way to deal with this is to find out which plants are more deer resistant. Bow hunting is an incredibly cruel way to manage wildlife. What are hunters going to do if a deer is hit but doesn't die right away? Will they follow it into someone's yard and shoot again from the ground? Is the town pre- pared for kids and other residents to see dead and dying deer? What does this teach our children about being kind and caring about the environment?" Donahue and Grzenda said applicants for permits underwent background checks and were required to demonstrate their proficiency so deer will be taken as quickly as possible. "No hunting 112 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013 MICHELE GRZEND A

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