Sharpshooters resume deer-killing efforts in Iowa City today. One of the city’s largest parks, Hickory Hill Park, is closed to the public as trained riflemen begin their hunt. Lisa Mollenhauer, administrative assistant to the Iowa City city manager, says there’s a limit of 500 deer.The shooting is expected to last a week or ten days, depending on the weather conditions. Mollenhauer says all of the deer meat is being donated to needy people in the area.Iowa City expects to spend 100-thousand dollars on the sharpshooting effort. Mollenhauer says the community supports the use of firepower to limit the bounding deer population. She says people are educated on ecological issues.Mollenhauer says this was also done last year and was effective in limiting the deer population. She says the number of deer-vehicle accidents in the area dropped 20-percent from 1999 to 2000.
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