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Sunset Hills Considers Culling Deer Population

Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun, mrcalhoun@cbs.com)
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SUNSET HILLS (KMOX) – Growing deer populations are causing problems in yet another St. Louis County community — this time, Sunset Hills — prompting the formation of a committee to consider the issue.

Deer Control Committee chair Mike Sawicki, also the city’s collector, told KMOX News that two of four surveys of the population are complete and a full census of the situation should be available by the end of March.

“We don’t have a lot of car accidents,” Sawicki said, “but as soon as I spoke up, everybody started coming out of the woodwork” with complaints.

He said much of the problem appears to be south of I-270, around the Meramec River.

The firm instructing the committee on how to do the sampling has an interest in the results. White Buffalo Inc. contracts with Town & Country, among other cities, for sharp-shooting services to cull deer populations.

Should Sunset Hills decide to take that route, a change in city ordinance would be required.

“Currently the only people that can discharge firearms in Sunset Hills are the police, so we’d have to make arrangements to alter that,” Sawicki explained.

Three people attended the committee’s inaugual meeting Wednesday night. One said his wife would be upset if there weren’t as much of the animals around and another said he and his family feed the animals and have taken precautions to protect their trees and garden.

A representative from the Missouri Department of Conservation also gave an informational presentation.

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