Had one hit in front of my house this morning. I heard a gunshot and ran outside to check out what was happening. A cop came up to me and told me a woman hit a deer and he had to "put it down". He said he pushed it off the road and pointed to the area.
After everyone left I went over to check it out and it was STILL ALIVE. No bullet holes. The cop missed completely and left the deer to suffer.
I can understand the chief's concern for discharging a firearm in a non life threatening situation, but if you can get close enough and shoot towards the ground it should be ok. We use a .22 in Franklin Lakes.