New data might persuade voters on whether or not to move forward with an urban deer hunt in Cape Girardeau. At Monday night's city council meeting, the Missouri Department of Conservation presented data from a deer population survey conducted over the past few months. Wildlife Biologist Matt Bowyer said they saw about 136 deer per night, and tells KZIM-KSIM that he is not surprised by the results. Bowyer says the data shows a density of about 37 deer per square mile in Cape Girardeau. He says deer tend to stay where habitat is available to them, and the local population is growing and appears healthy. Some residents at the meeting oppose the urban deer hunt ordinance allowing for hunters in the city limits. On April 2nd, Cape Girardeau voters will decide whether or not to repeal the ordinance.
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