The Wilton Deer Management Committee will shift gears with a new plan after “an unacceptably low harvest last year,” according to Patricia Sesto, Wilton’s director of environmental affairs.
The plan, which was approved Monday by the Board of Selectmen, aims to recruit private land owners to allow controlled hunting on their properties.
“It’s a change in focus,” David Lynch, chair of the Deer Management Committee, told The Bulletin. “We are very pleased with the forward-thinking of the selectmen in approving this plan, which is in the public interest.”
The overpopulation of deer in town poses a “a very serious public health issue,” Mr. Lynch said. “There is an epidemic of Lyme disease in Connecticut and other parts of the country.”
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