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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Buck Stops Here: Town & Country Makes It Open Season on Deer

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 8:51 AM

click to enlarge OCTAVIO DIAZ
  • Octavio Diaz
After more than a year of debate, the Town & Country Board of Alderman approved last night a plan to decrease its deer population.

The issue has prompted sharp debates at city hall between people who enjoy the deer and those who eye the creatures as a nuisance. In November, an angry and injured ten-point buck entered a Town & Country Home Depot. Police killed the deer with an assault rifle only after the animal refused to succumb to two shots from a pistol.

Today Town & Country estimates its deer population at between 600 an 800. Drive through the quiet streets of this west county suburb at night, and you're bound to see at least a half dozen of the creatures roaming the neighborhoods. They're sort of like squirrels out there.

Under the measure approved by the board, the city will spend approximately $50,000 for sharpshooters to kill the animals. Another $75,000 will be spent sterilizing some of the female deer.

As I understand it, the sterilization could be messy. It requires conservationists to trap the does, sedate them and then perform a tubal-ligation surgery on the scene. Each sterilization will cost between $750 and $1,000 -- or about twice what you'll pay for a good deer mount on eBay

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