For the Gazette
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mayor Frank Mullens introduced an ordinance Thursday evening to establish urban deer hunting in South Charleston.
During a city council meeting, city attorney Michael Moore said the ordinance would allow property owners who hold more than five acres to apply for hunting permits.
"It's somewhat a mirror image of what Charleston has had in place for several years without incident," Moore said.
Part of the application process includes a safety and training session as required by the state Division of Natural Resources three weeks prior to the Sept. 7 start of the season, according to Moore.
"There are restrictions," Mullens said. "People won't be running through your neighborhoods shooting deer."
City Engineer Steve DeBarr said there are only about 15 possible tracts that meet regulations in the city, limiting areas under consideration.
A second reading of the ordinance -- as well as discussion and a vote -- will take place at the next city council meeting.