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Deer hunt in Colorado Springs? City Council discussing deer overpopulation

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Deer over population and what to do about it in Colorado Springs is expected to generate a lot of discussion in the months ahead. A plan has to be decided on before the fall if City Council decides numbers need to be reduced.

There was a study that broke the city into 39 zones to get an idea of deer numbers. As expected there are numbers way above what is considered natural and healthy.

Colorado Springs City Council members get regular complaints about deer destroying landscapes. More concerning are vehicle collisions and close calls with deer. Last year, just in Colorado Springs city limits more than 300 dead deer had to be removed from the side of roads.

To go ahead with reducing numbers City Council has to decide on a method. "The idea of opening up hunting to the general population inside the city limits is not something we're really looking very strongly at,” said City Councilman, Andy Pico, “It's a dense population inside the city and wouldn't be particularly safe." One that is safer and more cost effective than others is paying a professional company to go after the deer. There is a number of locals who would prefer either moving of sterilizing the animals. According to the division of wildlife those methods are less effective and very expensive.

The plans is to schedule public meetings to get more input on the issue.

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