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Ellisville residents worry about new plan to cull local deer population

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ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Residents in Ellisville are concerned about a new plan to cull the local deer population.

The Ellisville City Council has approved a plan to have police officers use rifles to handle the problem instead of hiring an outside firm to come in and thin the herd.

A Ballwin resident who lives on the border of Ellisville worries about the current plan to use rifles.

“Yeah sure it does. Sure it does. You talk about the kids, a lot of people out working on their yards. I'm not for it,” said Joe Schibig.

According to police, the city currently has 50 to 60 deer per square mile; officials would like to get that number down to about 30.

“The perception that officers are driving around shooting at deer is a big misconception,” said Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate.

Only a few officers will be selected to take part in the program.

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