Middle Patuxent area hunt nears goal of killing 125 deer


Another 52 deer were killed by hunters last week in Howard County's Middle Patuxent Environmental Area as part of a controlled hunt.

Natural resources specialist Philip C. Norman said 102 deer have been taken in the eight shooting days since the hunt began Oct. 18.

Because the county set a goal of removing 125 deer from the 1,000-acre wooded refuge, the hunt may last only another day or two when it resumes Nov. 8, Norman said.

County Executive James N. Robey said he decided to authorize the hunt because the deer population had grown far beyond the land's ability to support it, causing the animals to roam into residential areas and become a hazard on roads.

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