The annual firearm deer hunting season starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Then it picks up again for another four days between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8.
Swerving to avoid hitting a deer, a driver instead caused a crash that left one person dead and another seriously injured.
The illness, spread by the bite of a certain kind of gnat, has claimed more than 400 deer in Illinois this year, more than 2,000 last year.
The ordinance, which passed 5-2, allows for bow hunting on one-acre parcels of land with the permission of the property owner. It was borrowed almost verbatim from adjoining cities.
The plan would allow full-time Six Flags employees to go bow hunting this deer season on the land around the amusement park.
Earlier this month, a citizens committee recommended bowhunting as the best option for drawing down the number of deer to a more acceptable level.
By a vote of 1,485 to 1,279, voters on Tuesday ended a long controversy by repealing an ordinance that allowed deer hunting.
“The wild deer problem is pretty bad,” Councilman Matt Pirrello said. “What’s interesting is all our surrounding communities allow hunting.”
Much of the problem appears to be south of I-270, around the Meramec River.
17 deer were killed this past season and Chief Glen Eidman says there have not been any incidents in which someone was hurt.