Ohio monitors deer for health, public safety

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Employees of Ohio's Division of Wildlife are monitoring deer around the state as deer-gun season opens this week.

The state says studying a sampling of deer can help them make assumptions about the health and age of the deer population. Officials say that translates into better management of the herd through proper setting of hunting limits. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/187a0wc ) reports that division officials also say too many deer mean more vehicle crashes. Deer also can damage crops, leading to higher prices at the grocery store.

But the state also monitors deer for disease to protect the herd and Ohio's captive deer farms and other livestock.

The gun season beginning Monday runs through Dec. 8. Hunters are expected to kill as many as 90,000 deer.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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