In response to discussion here, the Town of Mamaroneck has posted its regulations regarding hunting.
As far as the deer found on the Leatherstocking Trail (see below), Town Environmental Planner Elizabeth Paul says, “It is not known what property the deer was on when it was shot, but it died on Town property. As a reminder to residents, Hunting is prohibited in any of the Town Conservation Areas.”
A heated discussion that began on the website Nextdoor has neighbors debating the legalities and dangers of alleged deer hunting in residential and conservation zones in the Larchmont area.
A resident writes that last Thursday, “Someone shot a large male deer with a bow and arrow on the Leatherstocking Trail. The details are not confirmed but I believe that the disgusting person shot the deer, removed the arrow and left it to die a horrible death. We got help from Elizabeth Paul of the Mamaroneck Town Conservation Department and the police. He died before they could shoot him. The deer was on the trail just north of the Rockland Avenue bridge next to the vernal bog.”
Another person posts that her husband saw a buck on their front lawn with “a huge laceration and an arrow hanging out his side… A few minutes later a pick up truck drove slowly down our street as if looking for him. He came back twice to our dead end street. And another pick up truck came along later as well. Driving slowly and looking in the brook.” She says she called the police, but “the cop acted like I was bothering him with a non issue.”
In the discussion, a Mamaroneck Village resident posts the map below, indicating bow hunting is legal in Westchester Count this time of the year.
But should it be allowed in densely populated neighborhoods?