Deer Hunt On Church Grounds Shocks Parishioners
GERMANTOWN, Md. -- Some members of a Maryland church are dismayed that hunters were allowed to shoot some of the deer that roamed the property.
On Monday, hunters used shotguns to kill deer that were stripping vegetation from the Dayspring Church's 206-acre property in Germantown.
Dayspring is part of the nondenominational Christian Church of the Saviour, whose 10 congregations are known for their commitment to the environment and opposition to war.
One member objected that culling the deer was an act of violence on holy ground.
But Dayspring's pastor, the Rev. Jim Hall, said officials estimate the number of deer in the area at about 200 per acre -- so many that the habitat for other animals was being damaged.
During the hunt, church administrator Andrea Burgard said she and two other employees held a silent prayer for the deer, because the animals were "part of our church community."
There's got to be a Dick Cheney joke in there somewhere, but I haven't thought of it.