POA complete 2015 deer culling
By Laura Link
In February 45 deer were removed from the herd in Big Canoe through the annual culling program begun in 2002, according to John Lomax, liaison for the POA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Because of the bumper acorn crop this past fall the number taken was lower than the previous year of 78 taken out. The number of deer removed varies based on their presence at removal sites and weather conditions at the time. Over previous years this number has ranged from a high of 105 to a low this year of 45. The amount of effort and expense each year is the same and the difference is due to the weather conditions at the time of the reduction which is scheduled in the previous October. Meat from these deer is donated to charities in Pickens County.
The POA plans to continue to effectively manage the deer population in Big Canoe in order to provide the appropriate balance for the deer and human populations, as well as the broader ecological system.