Highland preps for another urban deer hunt

Monday , August 04, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The Associated Press

HIGHLAND — The city of Highland is gearing up for the second season of an urban deer hunt that it says was a resounding success last year.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/XxJ5I8) the second year of the pilot program has already been approved, but season dates have not yet been set and the hunt is up for discussion at a Tuesday City Council meeting.

Highland officials say a select group of six archery specialists started hunting last fall in four designated areas of the city. Archers killed 74 deer, which produced more than 5,500 pounds of ground venison.

Most of that was donated to homeless shelters.

City officials implemented the hunt to control a growing mule deer population and prevent property damage and vehicle-deer collisions.

Critics called the program inhumane and dangerous.

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