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Does Sunset Hills Have a Deer Problem?

The city's Board of Aldermen approved a deer population study to aid a new committee looking to keep wildlife at bay.

One Sunset Hills staffer said he’s observed an increase in deer in his subdivision; now a new committee is looking into ways to control the deer population within city limits. Last week the city’s Board of Aldermen approved a study to help the committee determine the scope of the issue.

Anywhere from eight to 16 deer frequent the Windsor Hills neighborhood, according to city collector Michael Sawicki. He asked the board to consider a new plan to combat their increased presence at a November Board of Aldermen meeting.

Sawicki was asked to chair the new committee, which is designated to examine different deer control options. Other members, appointed on Dec. 11, include Peter Bruck, Ken Boegeman, Tony Nacrelli, Don Stoppelmann, and Paul Witbrodt.

Stoppelmann, who said upwards of 15 deer frequent his own neighborhood, expressed his own concerns at the Nov. 20 meeting about residents feeding wildlife.

Last week the city’s Board of Aldermen approved $2,500 to be diverted to a population study by wildlife management agency White Buffalo. The non-profit agency is well-known to the city of Town & Country, who recently put their own deer management plan in place. They will spot sample deer populations in certain areas to determine the overall population.

No deer control methods have been identified by the committee yet, though the city has previously worked with the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center to conduct a managed deer hunt. The next managed hunt is scheduled for the second week in January, according to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

MDC is conducting a 'spotlight count' of total deer on the property at Powder Valley on Monday, Dec. 17. 

 

Previous Patch coverage on deer control in the St. Louis area:

  • Town and Country To Sharpshoot Deer in December
  • Manchester Learns Deer Management Options
  • Creve Coeur city leaders to allow bow hunting for deer
  • Town and Country Residents Debate Deer Management Funding
Stephen D December 17, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Don't feed the deer or the Sunset Hills control freaks will come after you. We have human problem, not a deer problem. I want a study about the nosy neighbor problem. Get over yourselves.
Tim Wahlig December 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I agree with your overall sentiment. However, the growing population is becoming a safety concern for motorist. I see upwards of 5 deer every single day in the streets in my neighborhood and have counted over 20 of them coming out of the woods between my house and the neighbors. This is not a "control" issue. It is a safety concern and an overall health concern for the deer population. Overpopulation is bad for any species and the time will come (probably very soon) that the resources of the area will not be able to adequately support their population.
Stephen D December 17, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Tim, I agree with you, we have an overpopulation problem, I just disagree on which species. :-)
Rex Trayn December 17, 2012 at 05:38 PM
A deer ran into my wife's brand new car and did > $1000 worth of damage. This is the first time we've seen so many deer in our neighborhood. I saw a group of 8 just a few days ago. They eat my flower garden and poop in my yard. I live off of tesson ferry and butler hill rd. Why not shoot them with tranquilizer darts ( no stray bullets, please) and move them into more secluded areas
Karlie Baker (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Good question, Rex. The city attorney said any methods involving weapons would require a new city ordinance.
Karlie Baker (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
If you live near Powder Valley, don't be alarmed by flashlights this evening (Dec. 17). Missouri Department of Conservation staffers are conducting a spotlight count.
Spear Construction Inc December 18, 2012 at 07:20 AM
At night when driving around I often see deer crowding around looking for food and trying to stay warm.

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