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Kansas park may use sharpshooters to reduce deer

June 11, 2009, 3:37 p.m. Updated June 12, 2009, 12:13 a.m.

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— Park officials in a Kansas City suburb want to bring in sharpshooters next fall to kill about three-fourths of the deer in a park that they say is overpopulated.

If the park board agrees, it will be the first time Johnson County will use sharpshooters on public land, park spokesman Randy Knight said Thursday.

Surveys done in the past two years found 600 to 700 deer in the 2,230-acre Shawnee Mission Park, about seven times as many as expected in the areas just outside Kansas City. The population grew out of control after deer migrated from nearby areas that were being developed, Knight said.

The dense herd is causing car-deer accidents, prompting complaints from neighbors about property damage and raising the risk for tick-borne diseases, they said.

Park staff say the herd needs to be cut to 50 to 200 deer per square mile and this can best be done by killing them. Staff looked into other options and ways other counties have handled deer overpopulation and determined the sharpshooters were the most economical option, Knight said.

The park board will hear the staff’s recommendation Wednesday.

Specially trained park officers and local police would do the shooting, working a couple of mornings a week for several weeks, park officials said. They would work in areas where bait had been set out. The park would be closed but reopen later in the day.

Archers might be brought in later to further reduce the herd. The park would remain open then, although areas in which the archers were working would be off-limits to the public, Knight said.

Nicole Matthews, a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said she was disappointed with the recommendation and that the use of archers was inhumane.

Park managers will continue to look into non-lethal ways to control the deer population in the future, Knight said.

Comments

Marion Lynn 4 years, 10 months ago

No wolves=too many deer.

Wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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hujiko 4 years, 10 months ago

Pilgrim2: You obviously don't get what I'm talking about. Why don't you stop posting "stupid comments on local newspaper web sites" and go pitch a tent while watching Faux News.

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RidgeRunner 4 years, 10 months ago

I hope they allow bow hunters first crack at 'em. I'd take a freezer full, or two.

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 10 months ago

hujiko (Anonymous) says…

I didn't say a thing about development nearing Shawnee Mission Park, if you would read just a little more before jumping to conclusions you would see I mean development as a whole.


Oh, well, yeah, I guess those new houses down around Spring Hill are really putting the squeeze on the deer in Shawnee Mission Park.

But hey, you fit right in here in good ol' Larryville. Welcome to Lawrence. The answer is NO!

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Dan Eyler 4 years, 10 months ago

This is one christian who would be grateful to be able to drop a deer or two and I would kindly donate the kill to anyone needing a bite to eat. But some deer jerky would be great!

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beobachter 4 years, 10 months ago

Can we use same techniques on so-called christians who are intent on taking over the world?

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tumbilweed 4 years, 10 months ago

I see what you mean, hujiko.

People like Pilgrim2 are the ones building the houses and then wanting to kill off all the "pests" that are now on "their" property.

The wildlife has to go somewhere. Why not turn Shawnee Mission Park into a protected area for wildlife. I think the people have taken enough room already.

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hujiko 4 years, 10 months ago

Pilgrim2: I didn't say a thing about development nearing Shawnee Mission Park, if you would read just a little more before jumping to conclusions you would see I mean development as a whole. Christ.

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 10 months ago

hujiko (Anonymous) says…

Maybe if Johnson County would curb its growth a little, they wouldn't need to kill off the deer they already misplaced. When you encroach on wildlife, you give it very few options in where to go next, so don't be surprised if it moves back to where it once lived.


There is no development encroaching on Shawnee Mission Park. Maybe if you would bring your brain into the 21st Century, you wouldn't need to post stupid comments on local newspaper web sites.

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autie 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe the could just trap a bunch of those JOCO's and relocate them in a similar environment..say Southern California.

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hujiko 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe if Johnson County would curb its growth a little, they wouldn't need to kill off the deer they already misplaced. When you encroach on wildlife, you give it very few options in where to go next, so don't be surprised if it moves back to where it once lived.

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Jane 4 years, 10 months ago

I think cluster bombs would waste the meat unless you want to make ground meat or deer sausage, if you could figure out how to 'catch' the meat. Otherwise, what a mess!

Great idea, cull most of the does and there won't be a problem with overpopulation for a couple of years.

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autie 4 years, 10 months ago

Training? We don't need no stinking training. You just have them police keep the dog walkers and nature lovers out of the park from first light until about 9:00 a.m.

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macon47 4 years, 10 months ago

next fall? that is your govt at work

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oohmgrover 4 years, 10 months ago

They've already posted in another news site that the meat would be cured and given to the homeless population.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

How about cluster bombs? Our government certainly has no problem using them in other heavily populated, civilian areas around the world.

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sinverguenza 4 years, 10 months ago

Think of how much money could be saved if we let helpful gun-toting citizens (autie/R_I) handle the project?

No need to take the park officers and local police away from their regular duties. Let people who enjoy using their guns do the work, and everybody's happy, right? Those shooters could have the same training if necessary.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 10 months ago

autie, Specially trained park officers and local police would do the shooting... But I would volunteer too... Think of the reduction that could be accomplished with bait and a couple of 26 round magazines...

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autie 4 years, 10 months ago

oh, pick me, pick me!!! I'll bring my own bullets. No salary or mileage.

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Charlie Sabotage 4 years, 10 months ago

what are they going to do with the left over carcasses?

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