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Trial Deer Hunt Expands To Regular Season

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Neighbors near Saukie Golf Course say they see as many as 17 deer per day. Some have had to put several fences around their garden for protection. The main purpose of the trail hunt was to safely downsize on deer. However, during that period, only six were harvested.

"I heard that there weren't really that many harvested so I've not noticed any difference though I did notice they pretty well disappeared during the hunt," Rock Island resident Richard Barriger said.

According to a report from the Rock Island police department, the harsh winter weather was a major obstacle, limiting the deer's movement and time hunters were able to hunt. Hunters told police that they saw the deer, but weren't close enough to hunt them.

Alderman Kate Hotle says the initiative to extend the program from an experiment to the regular hunting season isn't effective. Other methods might work better, but would be costly, she said.

"And that's kind of the issue," Hotle said. "We're looking at this only with one solution in mind. I don't think it's going to work that way. I think we're going to have to throw several things at it to not only mitigate the population, but also make our citizens feel safe in our city." 

By a vote of four to two, with mixed reactions from residents, the motion carried to extend the program.

"It's vandalism by animals, and you know, if I had some young person come in and do, you know, we would call the police and everything like this," resident Sheila Guse said.

"We should let them be, and let them eat some of our plants. They eat some of my hostas, and so forth, at my property. I'm willing to sacrifice plants for seeing the deer," resident Bob Motz said.

There is the possibility to reassess the program every year.     


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