Managed Deer Hunt to Start on November 1 in Cape Girardeau

Forty hunters will participate in the managed bow hunt from November 1 to December 5 in the City of Cape Girardeau. Officials say large populations of deer pose a public safety hazard for the city. In 2013, the city and Southeast Missouri State University partnered to conduct a deer density survey. The survey found Cape Girardeau hosts 27 deer per square mile, with some pockets of the city hosting more than 100. Over the past two years, Cape Girardeau had approximately 21 deer-vehicle collisions. Officials say that the city has an over population of deer in the city limits. Officials say the city is doing  is utilizing five city properties to try to harvest some of the deer out and lower the populations. Hunters will remain in Delaware Park (near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Old Sprigg Street Road) and two areas within Twin Trees Park, Fountain Park and Cape Rock Park (all in the northeast part of the city). Trails in hunting zones will be closed throughout the duration of the hunt. City officials will start putting signs at the perimeters of the properties during the last week of October. This is the first managed deer hunt in the City of Cape Girardeau, officials say. Voters rejected a managed deer hunt in 2013.  Back in February, he City Council voted Feb. 15 for a revised deer management program. Council members approved the ordinance with a 4-1 vote.


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