Archive for Thursday, February 18, 2010

Letters: Speak up on deer

February 18, 2010

To the editor:

The Basehor City Council will be voting on an ordinance at its Feb. 22 meeting that would allow bow hunting on three acres in the city.

The ordinance prohibits arrows landing closer than 50 yards of property lines. The hunter is to inform the police if a wounded deer leaves the property. The hunter attempts to contact the property owner before entering the property. The hunter is to notify the police when they harvest a deer.

We have been stressing the safety factor but there are some other issues to consider. The city compares this ordinance to one adopted in Leavenworth. Basehor’s topography is different than Leavenworth. There are many three-acre tracts in the city surrounding subdivisions. Our police department is already spread thin patrolling satellite areas of the city. If this passes they will have to monitor deer kills and bow hunters.

Does Basehor have a deer problem? Is it safe to have any type of weapons discharged in the city limits? Would you want to have hunters entering your property looking for wounded deer? There have been car accidents caused by deer, but this is not limited to Basehor. Do we want our police patrolling our streets and protecting our homes or monitoring deer hunters?

This ordinance goes before the council at 7 p.m. Feb. 22. There is an opportunity for citizens to be heard at this meeting.

Janice and Richard Maleta



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