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.
State officials are warning drivers in Missouri to beware of deer crossing roadways.
They are more active in the fall, which is their mating season. Fall harvests and hunting also contribute to deer being more mobile this time of year.
Data collected by the insurance company State Farm for its 2010-2011 survey period ranks Missouri 19th in the nation for most deer strikes – down from 17th the prior year. Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull says the metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City have the most deer strikes.