Town & Country Renews Contract to Lower Deer Count
TOWN & COUNTRY, Mo. (KMOX) – The City of Town & Country has voted to continue its contract with White Buffalo Inc. to kill up to 100 deer in 2014.
The Board of Aldermen renewed the contract unanimously on Monday night with no discussion.
City Administrator Gary Holser says last year the city approved $58,000 for the company to kill 125 deer but will be spending less this year, $40,000.
“We have seen an 11 percent reduction in deer-vehicle collisions in 2013 so we’re hoping with this addition effort, we’ll see the reduction in crashes continue,” he said.
Town and Country has about ten square miles of land and the city estimates there are 400 deer living in that area.
Holser says city leaders would like to see that number drop to about 300.
“It’s really been a long path to travel,” he adds. “We started out with about 650 to 700 deer in those ten square miles so we’ve just been working at it since 2009 to get it down to about 300 just to see what it would do for our crash rate.”