Group to fight urban deer hunting in SE Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — An organization has formed to oppose deer hunting in the southeast Missouri community of Cape Girardeau.

The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/Af6y4G ) reports that the group calls itself Cape Friends of Wildlife.

It formed after the Cape Girardeau city manager appointed a seven-person committee in November to consider allowing trained bow hunters in the city limits to thin the deer herd. Some residents have complained that the deer are destroying landscapes and are causing more traffic accidents.

The organizer of Cape Friends of Wildlife, Stephen Stigers, says the city ought to be considering non-lethal measures, such as deterrents, relocations or contraception.

But members of the Deer Management Committee say non-lethal efforts are the least effective.

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