Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Urban deer hunters

Did you see this?

A plan for sharpshooters to shoot 300 deer in Helena, Montana. Apparently there are so many deer roaming the streets and gardens they need to cull 300 mule deer. That'll leave about 380 deer in town, city commissioners say.

Helena has a population of about 30,000. Another 20,000 or so live in the surrounding area. That DOES seem like a lotta deer.

Some residents offered to shoot the deer themselves. Some wanted the deer to be trapped and moved elsewhere. Worry about spreading disease nixed that idea. It'll be August, they say, before state officials rule on the plan.

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