ELLISVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Aldermen in Ellisville have given police authority to use rifles to reduce the growing deer population in the St. Louis County town.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aldermen approved the plan Wednesday. The cost will be $12,500, which includes buying two $1,000 silencers, overtime costs, and the cleaning of the dead deer.

Officials say Ellisville has roughly 52 deer per square mile. Mayor Adam Paul says he believes the use of police is the most effective and efficient way to control the deer population.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com