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Town and Country residents demanding changes to city's deer killing policy

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Many in Town and Country are concerned about the city's current policy about deer population control. Credit: KMOV Many in Town and Country are concerned about the city's current policy about deer population control. Credit: KMOV
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Residents in Town and Country are asking the city to reconsider the way they control the deer population, by holding a vigil Monday night in protest.

For the last decade, the city of Town and Country has spent $578,508 in taxpayer dollars to help control the deer. They have tried trapping and transporting, sterilization and most recently hiring a private company to shoot and kill the deer.

City administrator Gary Hoelzer says they are seeing positive changes since starting their Deer Management Program.

“We’ve made some progress, we started in 2009 with approximately 650 deer in 10 square miles and our latest estimates is approximatly 480 deer in the same area,” said Hoelzer.

Barbara Ann Hughes is one the residents who has been fighting the city’s deer control methods for years.

“I love animals, I don’t like to see animals hurt but I also like to see public money well spent,” said Hughes.

Hughes would like the city to re-consider sterilizing the deer.

“This approach may add additional costs in the first year or two of implementation, but is more cost-effective in the long run,” said Hughes.

Hoelzer says the city will evaluate the program next month. But their main goal of keeping drivers safe is working. Last year they reduced the number of deer and car related crashes from 90 to 61.

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