Resident objects to deer extermination without warning

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- WUSA9's business and consumer correspondent Jessica Doyle is raising questions about culling deer in heavily populated areas after an incident at her home in Falls Church on Good Friday.

"I'm furious," Doyle said. "The worst part about it is, I would have liked to have known they would be out there doing this."

Two men approached Doyle at her home in the Sleepy Hollow section of Falls Church Friday afternoon to ask if they could come on Doyle's property to collect a wounded deer that had run there and died. The men explained they were members of a non-profit group called Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia who were bow hunting on nearby property to reduce the nuisance deer population in the neighborhood.

Doyle allowed the men to collect the deer and took photos with her iPhone.

However, she is outraged that deer management was occurring nearby without notification to neighboring property owners in her closely packed subdivision.

"I would have liked to have known to keep my daughter inside," Doyle said, noting children were out of school on spring break while the bow hunting was occurring.

They dying deer left a bloody trail across Doyle's front yard, including thick spatters on a walkway reminiscent of a crime scene.

The neighborhood is heavily wooded with a narrow strip of public easement separating homes on quarter to half acre lots.

A Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries spokesman said he is unaware of any requirements to notify neighbors during bow hunting for deer management. A game officer will be assigned to investigate Doyle's complaint, he said.

A special urban deer management archery season designed to reduce the nuisance deer population is open in Fairfax County until April, 26.

According to its website, Suburban Whitetail Deer Management of Northern Virginia matches qualified expert hunters with property owners who inquire about population control. Hunters must pass background checks and a shooting accuracy test before they may join the group.


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