Little Rock Considering Urban Deer Hunt

JULY 24, 2006 - Posted at 8:11 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Wildlife researchers are trying to find out where the deer are in the state's largest city, and if there are enough of them to merit a bow hunt for the sake of motorist safety.  Arkansas Game & Fish Commission wildlife workers plan to patrol Little Rock this evening and tomorrow evening with spotlights and global positioning systems to get an approximate number and location for the animals.

City officials say they have gotten complaints of deer causing accidents and the deer population becoming too large for an urban environment.

Bull Shoals and Diamond Head already have had deer hunts.  And Heber Springs will hold its first deer hunt this fall.  City officials say a deer hunt, if approved or Little Rock, is a long way off and it will be conducted with strict safety regulations in place.

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