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Ga. group mulls sharpshooters to reduce deer herd

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JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A coastal Georgia conservation and development authority is considering bringing in sharpshooters to address an overpopulation of white tailed deer.

Conservation director of the Jekyll Island Authority Ben Carswell tells the Brunswick News he's creating a control plan that could include hiring sharpshooters to cull the island's deer herd.

A committee studying the overpopulation is waiting to hear results of a feasibility study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Carswell says he's expecting to hear back from federal officials by the end of the month. The committee studying the issue has also discussed controlled hunting, controlling reproduction and reintroducing natural predators - like bobcats - to thin out the herd.

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