Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Deer to be Killed in Shawnee Mission Park

Last Year Johnson County Officials OK'ed the hunting of deer that overpopulated Shawnee Mission Park. More than 300 deer were killed last season in the park in spite of a vocal group of protesters. This year's efforts will be on a much smaller scale with virtually no opposition - in the way of public protests anyway. The Johnson County Parks Board voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to hold a small scale hunt to help with deer overpopulation in the park. For the next two months hired sharpshooters will kill deer in the park. The goal is 33 for this year.

One alternative the County looked at was chemical contraception. However, Kansas has outlawed it's use in the State. Law enforcement officers will take part in the hunt. The deer meat will be processed and given to local food pantries. It seems like a win-win situation to me - control of the deer population and feeding the hungry at the same time.

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