Sioux Falls deer, not a problem

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Sioux Falls police have killed 60 deer to reduce traffic crashes and landscaping damage in the city.

The Sioux Falls Police Department began its fifth annual deer harvest within city limits in December. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks issued 60 deer tags to the Police Department, and all 60 deer tags were successfully filled by the time the operation wrapped up Feb. 27.

Deer removal was focused in four areas of Sioux Falls - the north, southeast, west and northeast areas. Those areas contain high deer populations, which lead to car accidents and landscaping damage.

The goal is to better manage the health of deer living within city limits.

This year Rapid City’s Parks and Recreation Department harvested 250 deer within city limits. That number was up from 150 in the 2017-18 season. The annual Rapid City deer hunt began in 1995. The deer management program addresses problems associated with overabundance of deer including herd health.