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Amherst Citizens Against Violent Control of Deer, a new organization triggered by the town's deer-shooting controversy, will hold its second meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Clearfield Library at Hopkins Road and Plaza Drive.

The group's first meeting last week attracted about 75 people. Town residents concerned about the use of police and hunters to kill deer in the town are urged to attend, a spokesman for the group said.

More than 200 deer were shot on Amherst farm and nursery property last year by hunters using special nuisance permits issued to landowners. Police said nearly 500 more deer were killed in traffic.

On Feb. 27, the Amherst Town Board stepped up its program to further reduce the town's deer population by authorizing police to begin a "bait-and-shoot" program in conjunction with continued nuisance-permit hunting.

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