Authorities to remove 50 deer from city limits to protect drivers, property

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Animal Control and Police in Sioux Falls are working together to lower the population of deer inside city limits.

Since 2014, the number of deer-car collisions has risen, prompting Animal Control to put together a deer management plan.

Starting this week and through the end of February, 16 people authorized by Animal Control will work to remove 50 deer from the city.

The goal of the program is to make the deer population healthier, reduce the amount of damage caused to property by deer, and above all, make the roads safer in Sioux Falls.

"Last year alone inside the city limits of Sioux Falls we had 139 deer killed by car collisions," Julie Dejong, Sioux Falls Animal Control Supervisor, said.

In 2015, around 45 deer were removed from the city, and over 1,200 pounds of meat was donated to local food banks.