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Utah deer capture, relocation program completes first year

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Utah deer capture, relocation program completes first year

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 3:29 p.m.

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PROVO, Utah (AP) - Dozens of deer have been killed and relocated during the first year of an urban deer hunting program in Utah that is helping homeowners maintain their yards.

The Daily Herald reported Thursday that some 35 deer were killed and 28 were relocated through the program in Provo, which ran from October to December.

The program was approved by the Provo Municipal Council in July and has been deemed a success by resident Claire Freedman, who says she has seen fewer urban mule deer causing damage to her backyard.

Brian Cook of Humphries Archery led a team of bow hunters who killed the animals in what he described as an ethical and strategic process.

He says the meat from the deer goes to families in need.

Provo is contracted for the removal program through 2019.

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