(WLNS) – On Tuesday night, the Jackson City Council passed an ordinance that allows gun fire within the city limits.
“We have to waive the restriction of firearms within city limits for specific employees that are contracted to handle the deer culling,” said James Smith Mayor of Jackson.
The ordinance passed so that the overwhelming deer population can be contained. It allows for a contracted company to hunt deer in Ella Sharp Part and some surrounding areas.
“It’s the most humane way for us to deal with the deer problem – is to have them called, at night and the evenings,” said Derek Dobies, Vice Mayor of Jackson.
The mayor tells 6 News that there are plenty of deer in the city of Jackson – actually more than the city can handle. Ella Sharp Park is home to many of these deer, and there are tracks all over the place.
“You hate to see them getting into neighborhoods and getting into gardens and plants and things like that and then the natural progression of into traffic,” said Smith.
The meat will not go to waste. It will be donated to local food pantries and other places to benefit the public. The city council surely did all they could to turn this problem into a positive for the city.