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Stevens Point looking at new option to cut deer population

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Stevens Point is looking for a new way to cut down on deer in the city.

Now, leaders are reaching out to the university for help.

The city uses a process called "culling" to harvest antlerless deer.

City leaders said they've been doing it for about 17 years, but cuts in funding are making it tougher.

With temperatures dropping, more deer are popping up in Stevens Point. But, the city is looking to cut down on that.

"We've been doing it quite regularly, we think that the number of deer is roughly the same as it was," said Elbert Rackow, Stevens Point Deer Management Committee.

Right now, the city gets special permits for "culling".

Trained archery hunters are hired to kill deer on certain public and private lands.

"Some areas they hunt are parks or larger cemeteries, they hunt in the Sentry golf course, where it's closed down right now," said Lesa Kardash, DNR Wildlife Biologist.

But city budget cuts are making that difficult.

Enter, some U.W. Stevens Point students.

"U.W. Stevens Point is here and it has a College of Natural Resources and it's pretty good at training game wardens and people that work in other portions of natural resources," said Rackow.

Leaders said working with students would save the city money and help them learn.

"There would be some probably valuable experience for the students and additionally they wouldn't have to go very far to get the experience," said Rackow.

University officials said they're reviewing the request.

In the meantime, the city is looking for other ways to cover the cost.

Adding to the urgency: development.

City leaders said that's pushing deer out of their natural habitat.

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