Town and Country continue ongoing battle against deer population, KMOV.com, June 20, 2017News 4 checked with other cities and how they handle deer. In Sunset Hills, they use a bow hunting program. There are a number of restrictions, but there’s no cost to the city, as the hunters foot the bill. In Ellisville, they allow sniper trained officers to thin the herd.
Battling bucks die after antlers lock together in Missouri woods, USA Today, Jan 18, 2017Lying on the ground were two huge whitetail bucks, their antlers locked together, with torn-up ground and trampled grass giving evidence of a relentless battle. Both deer were clearly dead. At first, she thought they might have been killed by poachers. But their antlers were entangled so tightly neither buck could escape, and neither appeared willing to yield. It clearly had been a fight to the death.
Springfield Conservation Hosts First Deer Hunt at Nature Center, OzarkFirst, Dec 11, 2016For the first time, the Springfield Conservation Nature Center is allowing archers to hunt on its grounds. It’s a three-day managed hunt in an effort to reduce the herd of urban deer. Linda Chorice is the nature center’s manager and says there has to be a balance between the number of deer that are present and the number of deer that a habitat can support. “Healthy deer populations require management. When there are too many deer, it not only affects the deer but also all kinds of wildlife,” explains Chorice.
Managed archery deer hunt could thin herd at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, KY3, Oct 26, 2016The three-day managed archery-only deer hunt is scheduled for Dec. 10 – 12 and is part of an effort to control the deer population. Conservation experts say the hunt is a part of a plan to control the deer population in south Springfield, which is triple the size it’s supposed to be.
Seven new cases of chronic wasting disease found in Missouri deer, KY3.com, April 23, 2016The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final results from its 2015‐2016 fall and winter testing of nearly 7,700 free‐ranging deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Seven were confirmed to be positive for the fatal deer‐disease. The new cases bring the total number of Missouri free‐ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 33 since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010.
Deer on highway causes traffic crash in Lee’s Summit, Kansas City Star, April 17, 2016A 2004 Honda Pilot driven by a 25-year-old Kansas City man was westbound on the interstate when the driver swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and struck the concrete center median, according to the Highway Patrol. The passenger was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Mo. Dept. of Conservation Gives ‘OK’ for Deer Culling in Ellisville, CBS St.Louis, Jan 8, 2016Ellisville police will be culling up to 130 deer through the end of February. All deer that are harvested will be donated to the Share the Harvest Program with the city of Ellisville, picking up the meat processing costs.
Residents: Town and Country not controlling deer population, KMOV.com, Dec 16, 2015esidents are complaining that Town and Country officials are not doing enough to control the deer population, citing a rise in deer related crashes in 2015. Town and Country has used different strategies to try and cut down on its deer population, including sterilizing them and hiring an outside company to kill the animals.
Insurance policies may not cover accidents with deer, KOMU, Oct 21, 2015Missouri drivers need to be aware of premiums in their insurance policies that might not be returned in the event of an accident involving a deer. House Bill 1022 went into affect on August 28, and the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration issued a statement Wednesday reminding Missourians that allows insurers the option to refuse to return premiums to policyholders as a result of not at fault accidents, such as those involving deer.
How deer populations can benefit from urban development, Springfield News Leader, Oct 14, 2015Deer in urban areas find the ongoing problem of finding food is often made simpler by the gardens, shrubs, bird feeders and other items that provide a never-ending source of sustenance. The landscape featuring a patchwork of undeveloped tree-filled tracts broken up by parks, golf courses, and other open grassy areas provide ample areas for bedding, fawn-rearing and other aspects of a deer’s routine. One thing missing from this city setting are predators.
Missouri City Suspends Bowhunting, Lets Police Cull Overabundant Deer, Field and Stream, Sept 11, 2015 “The perception that officers are driving around shooting at deer is a big misconception,” Felgate said. “We would choose areas that would obviously be the safest, and that could be from a tree stand so all shots are directed down to the ground, or some place where there is a dirt berm in the background so we know there’s not going to be shots going where they’re not supposed to be going.”
Ellisville to use police to control deer population, Fox2 Now, Aug 21, 2015Aldermen in Ellisville have given police authority to use rifles to reduce the growing deer population in the St. Louis County town.
Ellisville aims to save a few bucks by handling deer problem in-house, West Newsmagazine, Aug 20, 2015The plan, one of three proposed to the city council on Aug. 19, will cost the city an estimated $12,150 for a 10-day hunting cycle.
Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate told the council that the city would purchase two silencers for police issue rifles, 500 special bullets designed to prevent over-penetration and corn to be used as bait. The rest of that money will go towards overtime pay for two police officers and one public works employee during the hunts, as well as $100 dollars per deer culled. The deer meat collected would be donated to the Share the Harvest program, which distributes the meat to families in need.
One of the other options Felgate presented to the council was to contract with White Buffalo, a deer culling service used by nearby Town & Country. This service would cost the city $300-$400 per deer killed and processed over a 10-day period.
Chronic Wasting Disease in deer is a growing concern in Missouri, Ledger Enquirer, June 3, 2015A regulation was passed to remove the antler-point restrictions on bucks (requiring hunters to shoot only male deer that had at least four points on one side of their racks) in 14 additional counties: Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Knox, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Ste. Genevieve.
The reasoning? Young bucks are most apt to travel and potentially transmit the disease. By increasing the harvest of those deer, it would be one more preventative step.
Chronic Wasting Disease Continues to Spread in Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune, March 15, 2015Missouri’s designation as a Chronic Wasting Disease state seems to be solidified. The fatal disease continues to show up in the CWD containment zone and has now spread into a new area of the state. Missouri has long been recognized as a premier white-tailed deer hunting destination. Now we must wonder what the future holds.
This past week, the Missouri Department of Conservation issued a press release announcing 11 new cases of CWD. Of these new cases, 10 were found in the north-central, six-county CWD zone — Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph, and Sullivan. The worst news was that one case was found far outside the CWD zone in Cole County near Centertown.
MDC has discovered 14 new cases of CWD in free-ranging deer this year, bringing the total free-range count to 24. The always fatal disease was first discovered in a captive deer facility near Macon in 2010. Including 11 captive deer that have tested positive for CWD, 35 cases have now been discovered in Missouri.
Motorcycle rider injured in crash with deer, Columbia Daily Tribune, Feb 9, 2015A 44-year-old woman is in good condition at University Hospital after she hit a deer while riding on her motorcycle Sunday afternoon on Route B northeast of Columbia. Authorities had to kill the deer after the accident
Springfield City Council Considers Deer Hunting Within City Limits, OzarksFirst.com, Oct 27, 2014
Urban hunting proposed to thin Springfield’s deer population, Springfield News-Leader, May 29, 2014
Springfield grapples with growing deer population, KWCH Channel 12, Springfield, MO, June 1, 2014
Deer in Headlights: Whitetail Populations Soar Across the Midwest,Orlo.com blog, July 29,2013In October 2011, government officials in Town and Country gave the go-ahead to begin a sharpshooting program within the city to reduce the deer herd.
Deer population growing problem in south Sunset Hills, Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, April 23, 2013Running the data into a computer program, it was determined there are 75 deer per square mile in the area south of I-270. The survey found only two deer per square mile north of I-270. With 20 deer per square mile, it is ecologically viable for them to survive. They can eat without disturbing the land or eating vegetation favored by other animals. When the number is 40, the deer are on the limits of living off the land, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Deer causes damage to HRH building, Hannibal Courrier-Post, Nov 13, 2012Taylor found himself staring into the eyes of a six-point buck, which had crashed through a window on the north ground floor hallway and was now looking for an exit point. When the brief stare down ended, the deer bolted in the direction of the emergency room, but the access doors leading from the medical building to the ER were locked.
Many Missouri communities are dealing with urban deer problem, Southeast Missourian, March 19, 2012
Twenty-three cities in Missouri currently allow residents to participate in managed bow hunts to curtail growing deer populations that were blamed for an increase in deer-vehicle collisions and lawn destruction. Others are considering it, including Ballwin and Ellisville.