by Roland Glembine / email@example.com
Rock Island leaders consider ways of controlling the cities growing deer population. Several neighborhoods are fed up with animals snacking on their plants.
Three options were laid out from allowing a deer hunt most likely a bow season, to hiring snipers, or even trapping and injecting the deer with deadly chemicals.
Residents we talked with say something needs to be done.
"Before it was like oh there's a dear, now its like oh there's a dear." Patti Deleu says every morning like clock work a group of deer use her block as their personal buffet line. "They are eating all of the hostas and the vegetables."
She says its getting out of control, "On Thanksgiving morning last year I had 14 in my front yard."
A flyover last winter counted over 400 deer living within city limits. "Obviously its an issue and we need to do something about it." said 5th ward Alderwoman Kate Hotle.
"Out of all the choices we have to sit back and research and find out what's been done in other communities that's worked." added 1st ward Alderman Ivory Clark.
Yet not everyone is in favor of killing the deer, "I find it to be a very cruel act that somebody wants to kill a magnificent animal and it does nothing harmful rather than eat." said one woman at Monday nights meeting.
"Eating of plants that doesn't bother me it's a safety issue and ultimately we have to do something to that before it gets way out of control." said 3rd Ward Alderman P.J. Foley.
Both Davenport and Bettendorf allow bow hunting in city limits. Moline does not. Rock island officials hope to have their answer come next month.