Folks say deer are taking over Rock Island, and the city-wide deer hunt isn't fixing the problem so far.
More than halfway through the hunt and only 3 deer have been turned in;
not quite the numbers many were hoping for. And a lot of residents say they are sick of dealing with these wildlife in their back yards.
"They're everywhere, a constant nuisance," said Rock Island resident Jim Bishop.
Bishop and his family live in south east Rock Island where they spot deer every day.
"There's anywhere from 4 to 15 deer at any given time kind of migrating through the backyard," said Bishop.
And with the wildlife, comes a number of problems.
Bishop says deer destroyed the Aspen trees in his front yard
"The deer in the fall the bucks would sharpen their antlers on them and in the winter time now they all chew the bark for food," said Bishop.
Now Bishop has to cover the tree trunks with chicken wire. But he says deer aren't just a danger to his yard.
"A deer jumped out and ran into my car so I've had a nice new dent in my car," said Bishop.
That's exactly why the city of Rock Island took action, holding the first deer hunt within city limits.
"The numbers show that there is an overpopulation there and obviously you want to be proactive and not let it get worse and worse," said 5th Ward Alderman Kate Holte.
But almost 4 weeks into hunt, only 3 deer have been killed.
"Obviously something wasn't effective. So we have to figure out what it was. Were there not enough sites? Was it the season?," said Holte.
This is just a trial run for the deer hunt, so city leaders can make changes going forward.
And residents are hoping for some answers soon.
"There is a definite overpopulation within the city it's a dangerous situation but we have great city government and they're taking the right course of action as far as we're concerned," said Bishop.
The deer hunt officially ends on January 19th.
City leaders say they'll wait until after the hunt to start evaluating and figure out where we go from here.
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