WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - All sides have agreed on a solution to stop deer from dying on a cemetery fence in Williamsville.
Cemetery officials and members of an animal advocacy group believe they have the solution. They're doing it with the help of a Williamsville-based company specializing in historic preservation.
Joseph Jakubuk of International Chimney Corporation said, "If a deer comes against it, they'll be bounced back in. They will not be able to come down on the spike. This will not rotate."
C-shaped steel brackets, designed to prevent deer from impaling themselves on the iron spikes, will be attached to the top of the fence.
Mark Beatty, Sr. lives right near the Williamsville Cemetery. He's seen the deer problem with his own eyes, and supports the idea of safety shields.
"I don't expect them to take the fence down. Fence is what, a 100, a 150 years old. If they hide the points that'll be a good idea," said Beatty.
SPCA wildlife administrator Joel Thomas was asked to consult on the concept, which he endorses.
"It should stop or seriously reduce any kind of injury to deer and other wildlife, and it's a good conservation, good stewardship decision," said Thomas.
Morgan Dunbar, founder of Animal Allies of Western New York, has been pushing for a deer friendly fence. She says about 4,400 of the steel safety brackets will be needed. They're counting on donations from the public to fund the project.
"We're asking for a $10 donation, and $10 will buy you a deer shield. So, that you can know that I had a role in fixing this problem," said Dunbar.
The stakeholders hope to accomplish two things: protect the deer and maintain the historic aspects of the fence.
Jakubik said, "We did not want to change the original design of the fence and still make people be able to see it."
The Williamsville Cemetery is in the process of filing a certificate of appropriateness with the village's Historic Preservation Commission. For those interested in donating to the deer project, follow this link.
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