Officials suggest task force for city deer

Published 4:59 pm Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mississippi officials want to create a task force to deal with the urban whitetail population in Oxford.

The suggestion came in a meeting Tuesday and follows a controversial plan that would have allowed local bow hunters to thin the herd during an urban hunt.

The plan was scrapped suddenly by state officials, who now recommend a long-term approach, including creating a task force and documenting deer incidents.

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Kristina Godwin of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said Oxford is the first Mississippi city to have such a problem.

Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson says this is the most controversial issue he’s dealt with in three months as mayor.