Neighbors are questioning temporary fence put in by the Muirfield Village Golf Club after two deer were impaled.
Anne Gentry says she has a front-row seat from her backyard at the Memorial Golf Tournament every year and now for the President’s Cup, coming in the beginning of October.
“We really do enjoy them,” she said.
Her family has lived just off the fifth fairway for 23 years.
But ever since the temporary fence started going up in her backyard, she’s had a big question on her mind.
"We were really shocked, because when they first put it up, it has these arrows on the top of it,” she said. “And everybody, of course, thought about the deer, because we have so many deer here. Everybody was concerned this would hurt the deer jumping over it.”
Last week, their fears came true.
One deer lacerated its abdomen as it tried to jump over the fence.
Then last Thursday, another deer broke its legs trying to get over.
Both were shot and killed by police officers.
"Putting them down is the humane thing to do, especially if they were suffering," said Mime Migliore, Dublin’s Nature Education Coordinator.
Migliore says she monitors the city's deer/vehicle crashes -- about seven per year -- which reflect national numbers.
But she says it's difficult to scientifically track the total deer population.
She says the city typically sees a spike in deer movement during spring fawning and again in the fall during mating season.
"It's just odd to see this occurring," Migliore added.
Migliore says the 5-foot height of the fence should not be a problem for a healthy, adult deer to jump over easily.
"It's unfortunate, and I'm sure it's not what anybody wants to have occur," she said.
Gentry lives just a few houses away from where the latest deer was impaled on the fence.
"It's a very sad thing,” Gentry said. “I hope this makes them do something about it, and maybe fix the fence so it doesn't happen again."
A Muirfield spokesman told 10TV that the club takes these deer deaths very seriously and is working with the city to reduce or eliminate these incidents from happening again.
The club says it will evaluate the structure and operation of the fence to see if any changes should be made.
The city of Dublin granted Muirfield Village a community event permit for the 7 miles of fence constructed around the course.
Since the fence is temporary, it will be dismantled after the President’s Cup in October, then put up again before the Memorial Tournament next spring.
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