SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston will begin studying the possibility of adopting an urban deer hunt, the mayor announced Thursday night.
More than 20 residents attended a meeting earlier Thursday to discuss an "infestation" of deer in the Thousand Oaks community and Weberwood area of the city, said Councilman Jeff Means.
"Where I live it's not unusual to look out and see six or eight deer," said Means, who lives on Ashlawn Drive. "The other night, two bucks were hooked up [by their antlers] and woke us up."
Residents who attended the meeting, conducted by state Division of Natural Resources officers, showed photos of deer caught in fences and ruined vegetation in yards, Means said.
"There's a lot of car accidents and [the deer] are starting to become so domesticated they don't run from people or dogs," he said.
About two years ago, residents from the same residential neighborhoods, which border the West Virginia Regional Technology Park and are surrounded by woods, asked the city to look into the deer problem.
At the time, Mayor Frank Mullens and Police Chief Brad Rinehart opposed the idea, citing the number of homes in close quarters and few tracts of land large enough for a hunt to take place.
However, Mullens said Thursday that something must be done about the overwhelming number of deer.