JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The governing board for Jekyll Island has approved using government sharpshooters to thin the deer population on the island state park. <br />
The Jekyll Island Authority board voted unanimously Monday to move toward controlled killing of some of the white-tailed deer on the island after three years of grappling with the issue. Surveys going back to 2011 have shown the park has far too many deer to support a healthy population. <br />
Residents who oppose the plan say any deer killing would clash with the wildlife conservation mission of Jekyll Island, which has a sea turtle hospital and signs urging drivers to watch for terrapins crossing the road. <br />
Officials estimate Jekyll Island would pay $10,000 to hire U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters to kill 80 deer. Details must be approved later.
Memorial Day means the beginning of summer for many families, as well as the celebration of those who gave their lives to defend our country. Below is a list of events in the area to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.
North Georgia's sunny sky and comfortable temperatures brought out the visitors Saturday to the 20th Annual 'Day at the Fort' at Fort Hollingsworth, nestled in the rolling Banks County countryside near Alto.