Mason City Considers Urban Deer Hunting

Updated: 08/01/2014 11:05 AM
Created: 08/01/2014 8:39 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Mason City could join other Iowa cities in allowing urban hunting zones to control its deer population.

City Administrator Brent Trout discussed the option with the City Council earlier this week when members mentioned the abundance of deer and the problems they cause.

On Wednesday, Trout told the Globe Gazette he was beginning to work on the issue but expected the park board and council to support the idea.

The Department of Natural Resources says controlled hunting is allowed in 18 Iowa communities and 25 state and county parks. All have restrictions, including time of year and weapons allowed.