Saving The Deer

April 22, 2011 Updated Apr 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 22, 2011 Updated Apr 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY ( WKBW ) In recent months, at least eight deer have lost their lives on the historic fence that surrounds the Williamsville Cemetery.

Now, officials say they have a plan to make both preservationists and wildlife advocates happy.

Mark Beatty lives across the street from the cemetery, and he tells Eyewitness News it is getting hard to keep track of how many deer have been impaled on the current wrought iron fence.

"Two weeks ago on North Lawn, they had to shoot one twice. A month ago they had to shoot one right here. I see it all the time," Beatty said.

Morgan Dunbar of Animal Allies of WNY stated, "What's happening is they are getting caught up at night, and they are most likely just suffering and hanging here literally for hours and hours."

Some wildlife advocates wanted to tear down the fence down to protect the deer, but ran into opposition from historic preservationists that want the nearly two hundred year old fence to stay.

On Thursday, a compromise of sorts was unveiled. A "C" shaped bracket that dulls the fence points and maintains the look of the cemetery will be installed.

Joel Thomas, a wildlife administrator for the SPCA thinks it is a great solution.

Each bracket costs ten dollars to make, and there are over 4,000 points to cover. As a result, this will be a costly project. Donations can be made to www.williamsvillecemetery.com.