Roddie Perks isn't happy about the idea of Six Nations hunters coming into Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area to help quell the deer population.

A Mountain resident who frequents the Ancaster conservation area, Perks says she's not even convinced the figures testifying to the abundance of deer on the land are correct.

But if allowing some kind of hunt will quash rogue activity, Perks is willing to put up with it.

"If the only way to keep the Confederacy out of Iroquoia Heights ... is to have a deer hunt, then that seems to me that that's the only solution," she said.

"Otherwise we're going to have them in there all the time and sooner or later someone is going to get killed."

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) recently confirmed it was in talks with the Six Nations Confederacy to allow crossbow hunting to help decrease the deer population.

In recent weeks, there have been complaints from residents about native hunters on the land.

Six Nations representatives have said an environmental assessment was taking place.

Some Six Nations hunters argue they are entitled to hunt at Iroquoia Heights under the Nanfan Treaty of 1701, which gave the Iroquois Confederacy perpetual hunting and fishing rights in southwestern Ontario.

But Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, who sits on the HCA board, said there are still limits under Nanfan.

And he's not in favour of any hunting at Iroquoia Heights.

"It's too close to urban area, it's a park where people walk," he said.

"I just think you're putting people in harm's way and there's got to be a better way if there's an overpopulation of deer in there."

In January, an aerial census found 102 deer where ideally there would be 12 or fewer.

Ferguson said he's not sure how a hunt, if it was allowed, would be affected by a city bylaw that prohibits discharging a firearm within 100 metres of a dwelling or park.

Jim Howlett, another HCA board member, said he imagines a hunt would involve luring deer into a zone where they could be hunted safely.

He said he has been informed the haul from Six Nations hunting is intended to feed the elderly, sick and infirm.

Brian Skye, one of the men involved in the study, stressed that talks with the HCA are in the very early stages.

Skye said the need to do something about the overpopulation of deer was identified by the authority earlier this year.

Howlett also said the authority has been dealing with the issue at Iroquoia Heights for a few years, and if the conservation authority doesn't do something to solve the problem, the province will.

"Iroquoia Heights is one of the places that the ... Hamilton Conservation Authority manages. They have quite a large land base," Skye said.

"And places that they identify of having a hyper-population of deer, we'll look at. But ... we haven't even gone that far yet."

Howlett said people who are concerned about hunting close to them need to have more faith in the hunters.

"They need to trust in the training that the government has provided for all these people," he said. "Hunting is not a practice where people just go running willy-nilly about with firearms."

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