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Deer populations keep rising in Cape Giradeau

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Deer populations continue to grow in Cape Girardeau. Deer populations continue to grow in Cape Girardeau.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Conservation agents said the number of deer will continue to rise in Cape Girardeau because there is nothing to keep the populations from growing.

"The only way to manage the population of deer is primarily is to hunt them. The disease does happen but not often. And of course vehicles are a contributor as well," Missouri Department of Conservation agent Kyle Booth said.

Samantha Smith said she drives at night all the time.

She said the rising deer population is scary since she has hit one in the past.

"I drive at two in the morning, I have to be there by 3 in the morning and a lot of times I will be driving through, there's deer coming back and forth on the road and you have to be careful, turn your brights on, make sure you see them so you don't hit them on your way there," Smith said.

In 2013, the Department of Conservation completed a deer population survey.

On average, agents spotted 136 deer per night within Cape Girardeau city limits.

The nuisance abatement division with the Cape Girardeau Police Department said the deer population will continue to grow.

"You're going to see a lot more deer within city limits because one, there are is no hunting pressure on them, they have no predators other then disease and car accidents," Nuisance abatement officer Ty Metzger said.

Metzger said because of the large deer population, the number of coyotes in town is also increasing.

He said the deer have become another resource for them to feed on.

Metzger said the department receives a lot of complaints about coyotes.

"These animals are going to try and co-exist anyway they can. They're going to survive just like anything else ... Usually, deer isn't one of their primary sources but as long as you have that here and we aren't allowed to hunt within the city, the wildlife population is going to continue to grow," Metzger said.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is looking for input about deer management.

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