Jim Sullinger: Johnson County to use “the lethal option”, will use sharpshooters, bow hunters to kill deer in park

The Star:

Despite pleas to save the animals, Johnson County officials will employ sharpshooters and bow hunters to solve the problem of too many deer in Shawnee Mission Park.

The park and recreation board agreed unanimously late Wednesday with a staff recommendation to use the lethal option to reduce the herd from about 200 deer per square mile to 50 – a 75 percent reduction.

“If the deer herd in Shawnee Mission Park is not culled or reduced as humanely as possible, Mother Nature will do so,” said Michael Meadors, park district director. “And I believe it will be less humane – through starvation or worse, disease that could wipe out the entire herd.”

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