If good fences make good neighbors, then tall fences make better neighbors of deer.
At least that’s what Princeton councillor Randy McLean believes, and he is pushing for a review of the municipality’s fencing bylaw to see if there is a way to keep deer out of peoples’ yards.
McLean raised the issue under new business at Monday’s regular council meeting, after council approved a variance for a Luard Avenue property to allow for the construction of a six foot fence for the safety of the owner’s dog.
The bylaw currently limits front yard fencing to four feet.
“Should we investigate whether that may be a change that we might look into making?” he asked. “I’m concerned a four foot fence is not a protection against deer. They get over it no problem at all. I’m not even sure they can’t get over a six foot fence…They are better leapers than they used to be,” he joked.
Following the meeting acting CAO Lyle Thomas said the fencing bylaw could be referred to the town’s recently announced bylaw review committee.
McLean said he was motivated to make the suggestion after hearing concerns from local residents and from his own observations of urban deer in residential neighborhoods.
“Everyday there are just deer are all over the place. If people don’t mind it…and they put up with it that’s fine,” he said.
“But then there is the person who is trying to protect what they grow and the way their yard looks and everything else.”
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