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DNR meetings in Cleveland, other cities allow citizens to speak out on deer management

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SOCIAL CIRCLE - State wildlife biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources say Georgians have a love-hate relationship with the state's huge white-tail deer population.

State Deer Biologist Charlie Killmaster said in an interview on WDUN's Afternoon News Wrap that deer are the most sought-after game species in the state, and he said they are beautiful animals.

"But, they also cause a lot of problems - deer/vehicle collisions, damage to agriculture and landscaping," said Killmaster.

Because of the challenges of managing the state's deer population, DNR's Wildlife Resources Division has once again scheduled a series of public meetings around the state to give citizens the chance to discuss issues ranging from hunter education to urban deer management to bag limits. A total of eight meetings will be held at various locations across Georgia; the one north Georgia meeting is scheduled for August 21 in White County. (See detailed schedule below.)

These meetings are the final opportunity to allow members of the public to provide input regarding the Draft DMP - or Deer Management Program.

"We value the public’s awareness of and participation in this important process" said John W. Bowers, Chief of Game Management.

DNR said in a press statement this week approximately 300,000 deer hunters harvest nearly 400,000 deer over the course of the deer season. The annual economic impact of deer hunting in Georgia exceeds $890 million and supports more than 11,000 jobs.

Public Meeting Schedule for Draft Deer Management Plan (DMP)

All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Monday, August 18
City of Monroe Community Center
602 East Church Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Monday, August 18
Town’s Bluff Heritage Center
54 Riverwood Trail
Hazlehurst, Georgia, 31539

Tuesday, August 19
Fire Station Community Center
1190 Evenflo Drive
Canton, GA 30114

Tuesday, August 19
Leesburg Library
245 Walnut Avenue
Leesburg, GA 31763

Wednesday, August 20
Monroe County Library
62 West Main Street
Forsyth, GA 31029

Wednesday, August 20
Greystone Power Auditorium
4040 Bankhead Highway
Douglasville, GA 30134

Thursday, August 21
Loudsville Methodist Church
1493 Highway 75 Alternate
Cleveland, GA 30528

Thursday, August 21
Susan Shipman Building,
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, GA 31520

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