Hikers Wear Blaze Orange During Blue Hills Deer Management Program

Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

CANTON, Mass.(WBZ NewsRadio) — Bow hunters are helping to manage a local deer population starting on Monday morning.

Many hunters gathered at Blue Hill Reservation to kick off the Blue Hills Deer Management Program, running until Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving. Department of Conservation and Recreation Tom Bender said there are anywhere between 20 to 40 deer per square mile, far too many for the ecosystem to thrive and regenerate.

“We actually do post a big sign at the trailheads, each trailhead that’s in the hunting area, that there is hunting in this area,” said Bender.

Hikers were walking through the park, but most were wearing blaze orange jackets, caps and vests to make sure hunters didn’t mistake them for deer.

“It was very intentional. In fact, we got a message this morning from our hiking friends, saying this is day one of bow season,” said one of the hikers.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasMMJ) reports.

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