Ga. historic site trims fence that's killing deer

Ga. historic site trims fence that's killing deer

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Wormsloe Historic Site entrance (Courtesy: Georgia Department of Natural Resources) Wormsloe Historic Site entrance (Courtesy: Georgia Department of Natural Resources)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Park rangers are trimming the century-old fence around Georgia's oldest surviving colonial estate because the pointy tips of the fence pickets were proving deadly to deer.

The Savannah Morning News reports deer trying to jump the six-foot fence at the Wormsloe Historic Site were impaling themselves and ending up either mortally wounded or dead.

Chris Floyd, the historic site's manager, says the state Historic Preservation Division agreed to allow his staff to remove the pointed tips from the wrought-iron fence's 3,200 pickets. Floyd says they've been working since October and are about halfway there.

Wormsloe is the site of the colonial estate of Noble Jones, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with the colony's founder, Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe. The estate's tabby ruin is Savannah's oldest standing structure.

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