Town and Country: Deer reduction plan approved in Town and Country June 28, 2010 Missouri

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Town and Country: Deer reduction plan approved in Town and Country June 28, 2010 Missouri STLtoday.com

The Board of Aldermen on Monday evening approved a plan to begin the culling of some deer in the city and the sterilization of others in response to the burgeoning, and often problematic, deer population. ...The council set aside $150,000 to enact the measures. Advocates for the deer complain about the brutality of that solution, with some of them suggesting sterilization of the animals to more humanely, and slowly, reduce the population of deer. Deer, many residents say, are part of the town's charm, albeit in smaller numbers. But the sterilization option comes with a hefty price tag — $750 to $1,000 per deer. Town and Country has essentially decided to split the difference, contracting with a company to both shoot some deer and capture and sterilize others, which will be tagged and released. About $75,000 was budgeted for sterilization late last year, with another $50,000 to put sharpshooters in tree stands to take aim at some of the animals.


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