Unusual Deer Population Management in a Missouri City

UNUSUAL DEER POPULATION MANAGEMENT IN A MISSOURI CITY

Ellisville, Missouri faces an overabundance of deer in its city limits. In the average U.S. city, officials would set out a plan to carefully cull the population by allowing hunters to do what they do best. In this instance, however, Ellisville city officials have decided to go a different route. Over a ten-day period, two police officers and one city employee plan to curb the number of deer themselves using bait and rifles as opposed to another proposed option that would’ve allowed resident urban bowhunting. The city currently contains 50-60 deer per square mile and they would like to decrease that total to 30 per square mile. Residents have many concerns about this plan. One, they believe that deer hunting programs can be successful and safe on their own, and by limiting who can hunt them, it will make controlling the population much more difficult. Two, there is a safety concern in allowing rifle use in city limits, even if they are being used by trained shooters. Finally, there is the belief that this task does not fall under the police department’s job description. Suburban Bowhunters spokesman Lou Salamone had this to say about the unique situation: “They should use the police for more important issues, not hunting deer. Do not stop bowhunting, fuel it forward.”KMOV.com Do you believe the police department should be tasked with handling situations like this with rifles, or do you believe that the use of experienced bowhunters would be a more effective way to cull the deer population?

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