St. Louis suburbs move to control deer numbers using sharpshooting, bow hunting

Oct 11, 2011

Officials in two suburbs of St. Louis have approved policies to control the deer populations.

Aldermen in the St. Louis County community of Town and Country voted 7-1 Monday for a six-month sharpshooting program. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the contract will go to White Buffalo Inc., the deer management firm that performed euthanasia and sterilization under previous city contracts.

Also Monday, the City Council in Creve Coeur approved a policy allowing bow hunting to reduce the number of deer in residential areas. Bow hunters will need permission from property owners.

The lone vote against the sharpshooting plan in Town and Country came from Alderman Al Gerber, who proposed sterilizing deer rather than killing them.