There’s an ongoing discussion in Cape Girardeau about possible white-tailed deer management within the city limits. While the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is not advocating on either side of the discussion, we are here to help the city council and residents by providing information on what’s worked in other areas throughout the state. The MDC has experience working with deer management in urban areas surrounding Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. Though this issue is new to Cape Girardeau, it’s not new to our state.
Various methods are on the table, but there’s a consistent question I’ve heard throughout the discussions in Cape Girardeau about what an urban hunt would mean for the city, especially in regards to safety. It might help to look at statistics from the National Safety Council data.
In 1995, the National Safety Council compiled numbers of recreational injuries across the country which required emergency room treatment. The graph above represents the injuries per 100,000 participants in their survey. Football and baseball came in with the highest number of injuries, followed by soccer, bicycle riding, skateboarding, horseback riding, tennis, golf, swimming, badminton and then finally hunting related injuries.