Cape Girardeau approves deer hunting inside city

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 9:22 a.m. CDT; updated 2:38 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Deer hunting will be allowed inside Cape Girardeau city limits beginning this fall.

After months of controversy, the Cape Girardeau City Council gave final approval Monday to an ordinance that will allow bow-hunting of deer within city limits.

The Southeast Missourian reported that opponents of the deer hunt vowed to begin collecting signatures on petitions to rescind the deer hunt. They contend the hunt is inhumane and thatthe city could have found another way to reduce the deer population.

Supporters have said the urban deer hunt was needed to reduce a growing deer population that is causing traffic accidents and ruining property.

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