- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police have killed 60 deer to reduce traffic crashes and landscaping damage in the city.

The Sioux Falls Police Department began its fifth annual deer harvest within city limits in December. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks issued 60 deer tags to the Police Department, and all 60 deer tags were successfully filled by the time the operation wrapped up Feb. 27.

Deer removal was focused in four areas of Sioux Falls - the north, southeast, west and northeast areas. Those areas contain high deer populations, which lead to car accidents and landscaping damage.

Police say 34 deer were removed from the west and southeast, and 26 deer from the north and northeast.

The goal is to better manage the health of deer living within city limits.

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