CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Southeastern Missouri State University professor Fidel Atuo and his students work night shifts tracking and counting deer.
They hope to help control the deer population in town.
“I think it’s something my students love and it will give them the tools to become better wildlife biologists,” he said.
At the town hall, Dustin Ziebold is in charge of deer management.
“Many complaints have been submitted to us,” he said. “People have been talking about large numbers in their yard destroying their foliage, vehicle crashes, we don’t want to see anyone get hurt.”
He thinks the deer population can be a public safety issue if it gets out of control.
Kevin Brunke of the Missouri Department of Conservation said chronic wasting disease is 100% deadly to deer.
“It gets into their body, gets into their lymphatic system and eventually deteriorates their brain until they can’t function and they eventually die,” he said.
“We really don’t want to end up in a situation where we have dead animals lying around everywhere,” Ziebold added.
Although it’s a serious subject, Atuo is really happy for his students and said they like to see deer sometimes.
“I think it’s a good thing that we can see deer,” he said. “And I like to see them too, but what I think is that sometimes the environments can’t support the populations that we have.”
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