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Officials plan another deer kill for Shawnee Mission Park in Johnson County

November 19, 2010

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— A northeast Kansas park that was the scene of a controversial deer hunt still has too many deer.

Officials at Shawnee Mission Park in suburban Kansas City on Wednesday authorized sharpshooters to kill 33 more deer in the park in the next two months.

The Kansas City Star reports that a survey in October found the park had a little more than 60 deer per square mile. The park says it wants to have 50 deer per square mile.

A year ago, the park allowed hunters to kill 342 deer, prompting several protests from residents.

Before that hunt, officials estimated the park had more than 600 animals, or about 170 per sqaure mile. Park officials say that was unhealthy for both the deer and the park.

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