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A group of Amherst residents opposed to the bait-and-shoot program hopes to mobilize quickly to stop the shooting of deer in the town.

Amherst Citizens Against Violent Control of Deer, just a week old, formed committees at a meeting Wednesday night that brought about 50 people to the Clearfield Library on Hopkins Road. Another meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Clearfield Library.

"We have a lot of deer, and it is a problem with the car-deer accidents, but bait-and-shoot is not the answer," said Marsha McCulloch, president of the group.

The group was formed to try and persuade the Amherst Town Board to change its deer-control policies and to generate public support for ending the bait-and-shoot program.

As of last week, 40 to 50 deer had been killed by police sharpshooters, town officials said.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued the town a permit that allows volunteer police sharpshooters to lure deer with bait and then kill up to 300 by the end of April.

The program is aimed at reducing the herd in Amherst.

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