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Holly Lake Ranch to thin out deer population

Gary Edwards Gary Edwards
Larry Bowman Larry Bowman
WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

By Jamey Boyum - email

WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Holly Lake Ranch is over-run with deer. Residents say they are starting to see them on the golf course. Now, local leaders and Parks and Wildlife officials have decided to thin out the herd.

Holly Lake board member, Larry Bowman, says some of the deer must go. Holly Lake resident, Gary Edwards, feels the deer will survive the winter and wants them to stay.

"Texas Parks and Wildlife told us that you will begin to have deer that will be sick and malnourished, and you're going to lose a lot of your vegetation and that's exactly what happened," said Bowman.

"They've eaten everything we ever planted out here, and I really don't care because I like the deer," said Gary Edwards, a Holly Lake resident.

"To be good stewards, we need to thin them down so that the health of the herd is maintained and more importantly that the vegetation here at Holly Lake is not destroyed," explained Bowman.

"There are a lot of deer out here," said Edwards. "I just don't know that there are too many to be supported by the vegetation. The fact is they can stand on their hind legs and eat these leaves all up in here and they haven't done it. They haven't stripped the leaves off over there so they're obviously not starving."

"If they kill it, it could be 5, 6, 7 years before some of this vegetation comes back," said Bowman.

"I will even give it to those who say there are too many deer," said Edwards. "If you want to remove some of the deer and take them somewhere else...have at it. But, don't tell us we can't feed the deer."

But, according to Bowman, this month 300 deer will be trapped, moved, euthanized, and dressed. The venison will be donated to the Texas Prison System to keep the herd healthy.

The deer will be trapped with nets. The remains will be buried on another property away from residents of Holly Lake.

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