NW Mo. wildlife refuge to close for deer hunt

MOUND CITY, Mo. (AP) — Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Holt County will be closed Jan. 7-8 for the annual muzzle-loader deer hunt.

Officials at the refuge near Mound City in northwest Missouri say only those whose names have been drawn will be permitted on the refuge during the hunt.

The refuge's 10-mile auto tour will be closed during the hunt but hiking trails east of U.S. Highway 159 will be open.

The deer hunts started in 1988 to reduce the size of the deer herd, which was damaging refuge habitats and causing collisions with vehicles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation sponsor the hunt.

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