(05/26/2010)
Bob Tabb, the state's assistant agriculture commissioner, says his department is working with the Legislative Auditor's Office on a comprehensive review of West Virginia's deer herd management program.

Complaints have mounted regarding overpopulation.

Tabb says it's similar to a study done about 10 years ago that ultimately resulted in an increase in the number of does that can be killed.

The new study could result in recommendations being sent to the Legislature on possible changes in the state's methods to control the deer population.

Officials are listening to horror stories from land owners about losses.

Tabb said there have been several major changes in the kind of crops that farmers are growing, and how they're growing them, due entirely to the increasing, and increasingly aggressive, deer population.

Tabb cited a decrease in the number of alfalfa farms - deer love the stuff - and a change in the kind of wheat many farmers are growing.


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