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Dorchester Struggles With Deer Population

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 CHURCH CREEK, Md.- Deer may look harmless, but they have been wreaking havoc in Dorchester county for years according to farmers, hunters, and the county councilmen. 
Jock Luthy is one of those farmers.  His field has taken a big hit this year from the hungry deer.

"This area was planted twice with beans.  And the deer ate them in such a way that the grass took over and the weeds.  We had to keep it trimmed down so it's a total loss in places," said Luthy.

8 to 10 acres in one of his fields, and Luthy says it comes with a high price tag.
"Well it's in the thousands of dollars, maybe tens of thousands.  It's quite a loss," says Luthy.

So the county council is asking in a letter to the department of natural resources for an extension of the deer hunting season, or an extension of the hours, or something to help bring the population to a manageable level.

WBOC spoke with Brian Eyler, head of the DNR's deer project.  He says the state does have a stable deer population, but it's too high.  He says they will be working soon to convene a stakeholders meeting to discuss some out of the box methods to bring the population under control.

Adrien Hansen owns a hunting club in the county and says just hunting isn't enough.

"Hunting them is not cutting down on the population at all.  The sika deer, they live in the marsh, you'll never break those guys up.  They only come out at after sundown to a little bit before sunup," said Hansen.

Eyler says it's unlikely the season could be extended this year since it is a regulatory process, and would probably take too long to get through the process before the end of the season.

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