Homer Glen residents trying to stop deer kill
BY Jaime Angio Correspondent November 30, 2011 10:52PM
Residents turn out Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Homer Glen village hall to oppose a planned deer kill by the Will County Forest Preserve District. | Jaime Angio~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 3, 2012 9:14AM
About 40 Homer Glen residents turned out Wednesday night to organize opposition to the Will County Forest Preserve District’s planned deer kill this winter.
Residents have been pressuring the village board to help them deter the district from holding another deer kill. Some have suggested that the village hold an advisory referendum on the issue in the March primary election, but that would do nothing to prevent deer culling this winter.
County board member Kathleen Konicki (R-Homer Glen) called the meeting and told residents that she sympathizes with them in their concern over a reduced number of deer around the village.
Rather than killing deer in eight forest preserves, including Messenger Woods and Messenger Marsh, to reduce their population, Konicki said the forest preserve district has to better manage the herd to control the population.
“I look outside my back yard and don’t see the deer anymore,” she said. “ ... Any money (the district is) spending this year to kill deer is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.”
Konicki told residents that no killing would occur until the district does a recount, probably in late December or early January. District officials initially said about 250 deer would be killed this winter.
Some residents criticized village officials for not supporting them more in their effort to save the deer.
“Right now I have a feeling of helplessness,” Marlene Hughes said. “We have very little time. None of us see any deer in our yards anymore.”
Dorothy Christiansen, a 36-year Homer Township resident, said she used to see deer underneath her apple trees.
“There aren’t any this year. None of them are coming to eat our falling apples,” she said. “The excuses (district and village officials) are giving are bogus; no one is listening to us.”
Last winter was the first deer kill by the forest preserve district.
Trained sharpshooters killed 134 deer, and more than three tons of venison was donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Meat from this year’s kill also will be donated to the food bank.