By: Christine Souders
Deer are causing headaches for some Rock Island residents, and options are being looked at to control the deer population within city limits.
Monday night, Rock Island City Council learned that in a study done by helicopter, more than 400 deer were spotted inside city limits, and the numbers could actually be double that.
Some residents, like Dave Jurmu, believe that's a problem, "In my neighbors yard the other evening we counted 8, and as you can see they come up here to browse, there's a browse line against those trees. In the winter time there wasn't a lot of food, so they come up here, where there is food."
Jurmu's been living in the White Oaks neighborhood for 20 years, and he said the deer keep on coming.
"People have a difficult time with hostas. I love hostas, but that's founder for the deer."
The Rock Island City Council looked over the figures presented in the study on Rock Island's deer population.
Parks and Rec. Director William Nelson answered questions from council members as to why the deer population is growing.
"It's an easy place to come find food, and not have to worry about whether or not there might be hunters," said Nelson.
He said if the deer population gets out of control, it's likely to cause more car accidents, and possibly spread lyme disease, which can be carried by deer.
"We'll put together some options on how other cities have dealt with the deer problem, and try to identify which ones work which ones don't, and submit those back to council and see where they like us to go."
Some options include using chemicals to weed them out, or even considering bow hunting within city limits.
Until then, residents like Dave Jurmu will have to keep their eyes peeled.
"I love them, they're beautiful, but there are too many of them," said Jarmu.
Rock Island City Council hopes to have a decision by September 1st, when hunting season begins, and people will have an opportunity to voice their opinions, but no date has been set yet.