Tuesday, March 4, 2014 —
“There are other places to hunt,” she said.
In the city, she felt it was the place of citizens to learn to live with, and care for, animals.
“We’re constantly taking over their homes. We destroy their food supply and then we get upset when they nibble on our bushes,” Conroy said.
“We don’t need to kill them and we don’t need more weapons in the city.”
Donnie Furr said even without the UAS, he’s found hunting arrows planted in his yard before.
“Not far from where walk,” he said.
“I’m not for or against [the UAS]. But if you do this you’re going to have to be very, very careful.”
While Councilman Dexter Townsend said his initial reaction was much the same, after reading through a UAS ordinance put together by staff, he felt considerably better, particularly about the safety of the UAS.
The city’s UAS ordinance stipulates that deer can only be hunted on properties greater than 5 acres. Hunters must shoot from a stationary, elevated position of at least 10 ft. so that missed shots will stick into the ground.
Hunters must also be 500 ft. away from any occupied or business structure, 250 ft. from any property line, they must acquire written permission from property owners before hunting on their property and make to every effort to retrieve deer that they’ve shot.
“This is actually much tighter than I thought it would be,” Hall said.
Several other towns, she said, didn’t have such lengthy setbacks from structures and property lines.
“I think it shows we’ve taken into consideration residents’ safety. Most of the residential areas will be excluded by [those stipulations]. I couldn’t shoot at my house if I wanted to,” she said.
Even so, the majority of the councilors felt the UAS warranted extra caution.
“I’d like to do just the five week period first, as a kind of trial, before we extend anything,” Townsend said
The city plans to submit it’s UAS application by April 1. If it’s approved, Albemarle’s first UAS will be open in 2015.
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