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Deer hunt causes controversy in St. Louis Park

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The city of St. Louis Park has cut ties with its deer hunting contractor, calling the company's actions "inexcusable."

Meanwhile, over in Minneapolis, a neighborhood is going even further, describing what happened as a reckless, dangerous and near criminal crime.

"You can see it was shot first right there," said Kim Ramey. "You can see the blood."

Ramey, a Minneapolis resident, was absolutely sickened by what he saw out the front door of his Bryn Mawr neighborhood home early Wednesday morning.

"You could walk up and shoot a deer like shooting someone's door," Ramey said.

Hunters baited, shot, and killed a deer in a wetland area near the intersection of Ewing and Franklin Avenues.

Lynn Levine is another neighbor who lives right across the street.

"Afterwards, it hits you," Levine. "Those were gunshots that close in this tightly-housed [area] -- houses all around. That was upsetting."

Levine, Ramey and other neighbors first thought they were dealing with poachers on the loose as the dead deer was quickly loaded into a pick-up truck that appeared to flee the scene, but that was an incorrect assumption.

It turns out the hunters were sharpshooters, hired specifically to trim the deer population in St. Louis Park.

The problem? While the area they were focusing on is close to the city borders, this -- by most accounts -- is Minneapolis.

Not surprisingly, the shooting lead to a bunch of complaints in both communities.

St. Louis Park acted quickly, terminating its contract with Superior Whitetail Management Company.

In a written statement, the city manager explained, "the contractor removed a deer in an area where it was not directed to perform its operations and the time of the removal was not in keeping with the instructions given to the contractor. What the contractor did was inexcusable."

The owner of Superior Whitetail Management Company said his hunters followed all protocol, chalking it up to a big misunderstanding.

He did concede that he accepts St. Louis Park's decision to end the relationship.

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