Police were forced to shoot two deer that were found hanging from the controversial wrought iron fence being installed around the Dublin, Ohio club. The club said it is working with city officials “to understand ways to mitigate what sadly is not an isolated situation within the Dublin area where there is a dense population of deer.”
The wrought iron fence being installed around the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio has been a controversial topic from the beginning, and a recent incident involving two impaled deer is adding fuel to the fire, the Columbus (Ohio)-based NBC4i reported.
Officers from the Dublin Division of Police were called to the country club after residents found two deer hanging from the fence surrounding the course. The animals were still alive and neighbors said officers were forced to shoot them, NBC4i reported.
It is against the law to try to rehabilitate the animals, according to city officials.
Mike Bickley said he has lived near the course for nearly 20 years and that the community has never faced a problem like the one surrounding the fence, NBC4i reported.
“Can you imagine telling your grandkids why the police shot Bambi in your backyard?” said Bickley. “One of our neighbors was woken up to a gunshot in our backyard.”
Dublin Nature Education Coordinator Mimi Migliori said she doesn’t know why the deer were unable to clear the fence. Wildlife experts told her the deer should have been able to jump over the 5-foot-tall fence without injury.
Neighbors want to see a change from the course, NBC4i reported.
“We understand the President’s Cup is a big deal, but not at the expense of the community,” said Bickley. The fence is being installed in preparation for the tournament in October.
Muirfield representatives denied a request for an interview but emailed NBC4i the following statement:
“The club shares the concerns of the community over this serious issue we are currently working with the city of Dublin officials to understand ways to mitigate what sadly is not an isolated situation within the Dublin area where there is a dense population of deer.”