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PUBLIC MEETING: Deer culling kerfuffle at Minneapolis-St. Louis Park border

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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.
    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.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

State, county and city leaders held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the recent shooting of a deer in a residential area near the border of St. Louis Park and Minneapolis.

At 7 p.m., officials from St. Louis Park, Hennepin County, and Minnesota Rep. Frank Hornstein welcomed residents at the Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church located at 2020 West Lake of the Isles Parkway.

"We want to make sure this doesn't happen again," Hornstein said. "That's the bottom line."

The meeting focused on the shooting of a deer near the bus stop by the intersections of Ewing and West Franklin avenues at about 7 a.m. the morning of Jan. 23. A neighbor who heard the gun shots called 911.

Just three and a half hours later, more gun shots were heard south of the Ewing wetland and neighbors began investigating what was going on in earnest.

An officer with the Department of Natural Resources confirmed that the city of St. Louis Park had contracted so-called deer "cullers" to thin the herd, but residents explained the shots were being fired in Minneapolis.

Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, who participated in Tuesday night's meeting, and quickly acted to contact the contractors, who did not have permission to shoot outside of St. Louis Park city limits.

"[Culling deer is] a long, controversial issue in a number of our communities," Dorfman said. "We have a lot of deer in these urban settings. Some people love them; some people hate the damage that they do. It's a pretty polarizing issue."

Minneapolis City Councilwoman Lisa Goodman, who represents Ward 7, also confirmed it is illegal to shoot a gun within 500 feet of homes within the city.

The city of St. Louis Park has since severed their contract with Superior White Tail Management Company, which gets paid on a per-deer basis. St. Louis Park City Manager Tom Harmening told FOX 9 he is looking into criminal charges.

Harmening explained that St. Louis Park had received permission to cull 23 deer in its limits. After the meeting, it was clear that demand for a major change to the deer capacity policy in the area wouldn't be too hard to find.

"I love the deer," said Lynn Levine. "Even if we hadn't had a shooting, I'd hate to see them killed."

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