Despite tabling a proposed bow-only urban deer hunt in the corporate limits of Buckhannon this past August, City Council might reconsider the idea at the request of Mayor Kenny Davidson.
At the first regular council meeting in June, Davidson asked for the previously tabled Urban Deer Hunt Ordinance be raised for discussion. Councilman Scott Preston made a motion to return the ordinance to the table, and he was seconded by Councilman Dave Thomas.
Councilman Keith Queen, however, reminded the council that a petition with more than 200 names was filed against the ordinance last fall when it was tabled indefinitely.
The motion to put the issue back on the table was approved 3-2, with Queen and Councilwoman Pam Cuppari voting against it.
At that August 2011 meeting, during which the proposal for a bow-only urban deer hunt was tabled, about two dozen residents attended the public hearing. Of those residents, nine opposed the measure and four supported it.
Residents opposing the proposed hunt cited reasons ranging from safety to animal rights issues in urging the council to abandon the deer hunting plan. Those opposed to the measure presented a petition to council with more than 200 names of people opposed to such a hunt.
Proponents of the hunt said there are too many deer within the city limits and too much damage is being done to landscaping and gardens.
On a motion from Thomas and a second from Queen at the August meeting, council members voted to table the hunt indefinitely.
In the following 10 months, Davidson said 30 people have asked him why the city has not gone forward with the urban deer hunt. The issue has been placed on the City Council's regular meeting agenda for discussion Thursday evening.