- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) - Officials say local hunters took down more than 400 deer in Block Island’s recent hunting season, calling it a success.

Last year New Shoreham officials and the Department of Environmental Management hired a professional sharpshooting company to curb the island’s large deer population. Ultimately the project fell through.

Town manager Nancy Dodge tells Rhode Island Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1M2ckWt) that this year resident hunters were offered a bounty of $150 per deer tail.

Dodge says the bounty was a good incentive, and the town had more deer taken than what was offered under the professional contract.

Connecticut-based White Buffalo, Inc. would’ve charged $128,000 to kill 200 deer.

Dodge says the town plans to offer the bounty again next hunting season.

Block Island has a high incidence of Lyme disease, transmitted by the bite of a deer tick.

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