Town and Country residents address deer overpopulation

5 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Thursday, January 08 2015 Jan 8, 2015 Thursday, January 08, 2015 5:07:39 PM CST January 08, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (AP) - Residents of a suburban St. Louis County community plan a Thursday night candlelight vigil to opposed city-sponsored deer hunts meant to control the animal population.

Town and Country has struggled for years against deer overpopulation. The western St. Louis County town has relied on a nonprofit wildlife management company since 2009 to kill an average of more than 100 dee annually.

Opponents include a former town alderman who says the city can't afford the nearly $50,000 it plans to pay the wildlife company this year. They favor surgical sterilization and other non-lethal methods.

City officials say the controlled hunts are needed to reduce the number of collisions between deer and cars.

 

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