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Group hired to thin deer population near Hannibal Regional Airport

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - Gun shots might soon be heard around Hannibal Regional Airport.    

The city is allowing an organization affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shoot and kill 40 deer around the airport to thin out the population.

Deer sometimes wander onto the runway and planes have even hit them while landing.

City engineer Mark Rees says this is only temporary and the city is working on a permanent solution.

"We also are starting the process of extending our runway so I understand when we have faster and heavier jets landing at our airport that might be a higher priority but it is something we want to do eventually put up a wildlife fence to keep deer on their side and the airport clear," Rees said.

Meat from the deer will be donated to the Share the Harvest campaign. The hunting group will be in Hannibal no longer than a month.
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