SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife managers are planning to capture and relocate mule deer from the Silver City area.
Officials with the state Game and Fish Department say some residents are concerned the high deer population is damaging the landscape.
With more animals, there's also an increased chance of vehicles colliding with the deer in and around the mountain community.
Managers are aiming to capture 100 deer.
Starting Tuesday, they'll use large drop nets at locations throughout the city to capture the animals. Each deer will be tagged, and some will be outfitted with radio collars.
Half of the deer will be released in the San Francisco River Valley. The remainder will be moved to the Peloncillo Mountains.
The effort will take about 30 staff members, including biologists and conservation officers.