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Weston may allow bows for deer hunt

A proposal to allow bow-hunting on town-owned conservation land is stirring debate in Weston, where residents question whether using archers to cull the fast-growing deer population is practical and necessary, or cruel and dangerous.

Officials say deer have badly damaged the town’s conservation land, eating so many saplings that they have begun to change the makeup of the forest. They carry deer ticks, which can cause Lyme disease. And deer that wander into busy roads can cause car accidents.

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