- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The combination of better habitat outside of Rapid City and ongoing efforts to control deer inside city limits likely will result in a significant reduction in the number of deer to be killed by city sharpshooters.

The Rapid City Council Public Works Committee has approved the killing of 100 deer, down from 150 in each of the past two years. The City Council could give final approval on Monday.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Department and Rapid City’s Parks Division recommended the reduction after doing a deer survey that indicated the number of white-tailed deer and mule deer are down.

Wetter weather in recent springs has increased forage away from town.

“That and the removal (program) helps to keep deer out of the city limits,” Game, Fish and Parks resource biologist Kris Cudmore told the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1O3us29 ).



Deer in city limits can damage private property and be a hazard for motorists. Rapid City’s urban deer harvest began in 1996-97, when 192 deer were killed. A reduction of 100 deer would the fewest in a decade.

Meat from the deer goes to food banks.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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