Deer in Grenseyde Cemetery: Langenhagen hires poachers

Langenhagen. It has long been known that deer frequently feed on freshly planted flowers or feed on graves in Grensey’s Cemetery. In some places, the bereaved protect the graves of deceased relatives with wire mesh. Some time ago, the city of Langenhagen also reported regular wildlife damage at the entrance gate – and required cemetery guests to close the gate after entering and leaving the site. But all this is not enough: the city has now assigned a hunter to hunt deer in the territory of the resting place.

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The sign specifically indicates the date. The main entry reads: “The deer recently caused so much damage to the cemetery that we had to make the decision to hunt them down.” The cemetery administration announced, for security reasons, that the cemetery will remain closed from Friday, September 23, 7 p.m. until Saturday, September 24, most likely at 1 p.m.

Safety Measures: Protect grieving graves with wire mesh.

“You can’t shoot all the animals at once”

For cemetery visitor Julia Hurtie, hunting plans go a long way. She also tends the graves of her relatives on the site, as she knows: “A bouquet of roses is eaten by deer quickly.” However, animals cannot be shot immediately. “You can also seal up holes in the fence or raise the fence around,” she says. The cemetery is designed very openly – eg in an area of ​​an adjacent pasture field.

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Her parents and a close friend – who are also regular cemetery visitors – are dismayed by the planned search. But they had yet to reach anyone in the cemetery administration to express their displeasure. “I have already seen deer in the cemetery, but they are very shy and immediately run away,” Hirte says. Rabbits also see them regularly. “But you can’t kill all the animals that forage there.”

A 59-year-old man is also critical after tending a grave. “Then the animals eat the flowers. That is the case,” he says, pointing to cemetery sites whose floral decorations are protected from wildlife with wire mesh. “You can do it this way.” In a conversation with the 43-year-old shepherd, other criticisms arose. Both discuss the new residential area nearby in Weiherfeld. “The deer now lacks a retreat area,” says the woman.

Shows little understanding: Julia Hurtie criticizes hunting plans.

Shows little understanding: Julia Hurtie criticizes hunting plans.

A municipal cemetery worker reported: “We used to have a maximum of one deer in the cemetery from time to time.” Now there are three to four animals on a regular basis. “In the spring they like to eat the lantern,” he says. This is the reason for the annoyance of the bereaved. In another municipality, deer were hunted in a cemetery to avoid legal action, the employee explains.

Many actions have already failed

The city of Langenhagen presents the situation from their point of view: “This decision was not easy for us,” confirms spokeswoman Julian Stahl. The city has been trying to ease the situation for years. The height of the fence is 1.70 meters and is fixed with ground anchors. “We have tried a lot and regularly repair the damage to the fence,” the spokeswoman said. However, deer will always find their way into the building via different routes, and during the day they can even be observed in front of the entrance gate. So the city has equipped a locking mechanism so that it closes “on its own”. “Foul odors were also distributed along the outer edge of the cemetery to scare off the animals,” Stahl says. The city also allowed a hunter and a hound to roam the cemetery to drive out deer. All this is not the desired success.

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Waiting to enter: Deer can also be observed in front of the cemetery and during the day.

Waiting to enter: Deer can also be observed in front of the cemetery and during the day.

The speaker can understand the position of hunting critics. Only: “We get letters every week from bereaved people who are very angry or sad because their grossly complex care is being destroyed,” Stahl says. Tomb decorations are sometimes associated with high costs for relatives. The problem sums up “they lovingly decorate the burial place after the loss of a loved one, and then the flowers are eaten or uprooted.” The cemetery law stipulates that graves must be maintained.

For this reason, the city has now applied to the relevant authority in the Hanover region for a special permit to hunt in the peaceful area. “We’ve checked if it makes sense to stun a deer and move it elsewhere,” the spokeswoman says. However, one expert advised against doing so because the deer “will come back sooner or later”. Now a hunter is supposed to kill some of the animals in the cemetery on Saturday.

Gap: There is a large hole on the cemetery fence near a grazing field.

Gap: There is a large hole on the cemetery fence near a grazing field.

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Hunters indicate shooting plans

The head of the Hannover-Land Hunters’ Association, Christian Schaumburg, made a diplomatic statement: It is not uncommon to hunt animals such as rabbits in cemeteries due to the increased damage. But this is the first time he has heard of a cemetery looking for deer. “About 1.1 million deer are shot across the country each year,” Schomburg explains. There are accurate imaging plans with quantitative specifications for areas. “If deer are shot in a cemetery, fewer animals may be shot in the forests and field marks of the area,” the expert confirms.

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