Saturday marks the first day of the first full season of deer hunting allowed in the City of Creve Coeur.
allowing bow hunting after consulting with state conservation officials and , who were primarily concerned with the concentration of deer on the city's west side.
New in 2012, are issuing a photo ID card. The ID card only means that the hunter has a valid city permit to hunt and does not indicate that the hunter has undergone a criminal background check.
Also new this year is the kind of notification being made to neighboring property owners and residents. A fluorescent sign will have to be posted on the property being hunted. Police Chief Glenn Eidman said hunters in 2011 used a variety of ways to explain their presence, everything from posting American flags to sending emails. He told the Police & Safety Committee earlier this month that expanding email notification would likely be used as well this season.
During the abbreviated 2011 hunting season in Creve Coeur, a total of 18 deer were harvested.
At Monday night's city council meeting, a pair of residents asked the city to stop the practice, saying that does have been "practically wiped out."
Ward 2 City Councilwoman Tara Nealey, who has played a key role in working with state conservation officials to craft a solution to the deer problem told the couple, "I can almost guarantee that we've had little if any impact on the deer population."