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BAIT-AND-SHOOT OPPONENTS SEEK QUICK MOBILIZATION

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 to 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.

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