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Annual Deer Harvest Starts in Ella Sharp Park

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The annual deer harvest in Jackson's Ella Sharp Park started Friday. The park hired professional sharpshooters to reduce the deer population in the park.

Park Superintendent Eric Terrian says they started culling deer six years ago when people in the community asked the city to eliminate some of the herd. There had been complaints of deer damaging property surrounding the park. Terrian says with Parkside Middle School across Fourth Street, reducing the deer population could help prevent car accidents with deer.The goal is to kill 80 deer over the weekend. Park officials do work with the department of natural resources to determine how many deer should be allowed to live in the park.

"30 deer per square mile. They felt that was an appropriate number. We know that we far exceed that number right now. We just want to make sure that the deer population doesn't boom and get worse than it is right now," said Terrian.

All of the venison will be donated to the food pantry at Emmanuelle Lutheran Church in Jackson.

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