Twin Cities: The buck in the backyard December 8, 2011 Minnesota

The buck in the backyard  December 8, 2010  Minnesota  Minneapolis Star Tribune  The Twin Cities area - home to 3 million people, skyscrapers and miles of asphalt -- is also home to thousands of whitetail deer...

Last year, hunters killed 3,600 deer in the metro area -- the highest in the past seven years. Hunters have already exceeded that number this year, and the hunting season doesn't end until Dec. 31. Another 800 to 1,000 deer are removed annually by sharpshooters or by other means.

"People like seeing deer, but they also don't like to hit them with cars,'' said Bryan Lueth, DNR metro area wildlife manager.

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