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Rock Island could have up to 800 deer in city

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Rock Island leaders discuss different options on how they can decrease the deer population.

Back in December of 2012, Parks and Rec Director Bill Nelson did a deer count in the city. He believes there could be up to 800 deer in the city alone.

As previously reported, neighbors around 25th Avenue and 40th Street are complaining that deer are eating plants in their gardens. Neighbors also said that deer were jumping over fences and getting into people's backyards.

"They're in the lawn, They tend to make a mess. They eat the plants. They tear them up. They run in front of cars, that's where the real problem is," said Rock Island resident, Chris Farrell.

Monday night, July 22, 2013, Nelson will discussed options are for dealing with the deer amounts. There were two main options discussed, an sharpshooter hunt or an archery hunt. Nelson also said the city could do nothing with the deer and continue to let the population grow.

Both Davenport and Bettendorf do have deer hunts during the year, but East Moline and Moline do not. City council will continue to look at different options. They hope to have a decision made by October, when deer season starts in Illinois.