Iowa City Targets Deer Population with Sharpshooters

The Iowa City Council plans to hire sharpshooters to decrease the deer population within the urban area. 

Based on a recent study, the city's deer population is three times what it was 10 years ago. Previously, from 1999-2010, the city hired White Buffalo Inc., to manage the population by sharpshooting. On March 6, the Council convened, stating that deer have become a nuisance and a public safety issue.

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A man named Tony Wobeter brought a petition that he and several of his neighbors from the Bluffwood neighborhood signed, claiming the deer were eating their shrubbery.

According to local police, the number of complaints about deer has increased since 2010, as they pose a safety risk to drivers. In 2010, there were just 29 accidents involving deer. In 2017, there were 49.

Bowhunting is a common way to harvest deer in urban areas such as Iowa City, but officials claim it's not enough.

The city wants to begin this fall, but it has to consult with the Iowa Natural Resource Commission first.

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