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Oh, deer! Tuscaloosa to look at deer population

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Sam Webb watches out for more than traffic and joggers when he goes out for walks in front of Northridge High School.  He tells FOX6 News, " I've seen gigantic deer, with big antlers standing right back over." He says the area North of the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa was home to them long before people started developing the area.

Officials with the city of Tuscaloosa now have deer in their crosshairs. The city has commissioned a study for a biologist to look at the area's deer population.

Tera Tubbs, Director of the Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation, confirms the city will spend more than $4000 to conduct the study next year. Tubbs says, "We feel like we're getting more complaints. More people making comments about what's going on up there. So we would like to engage in this study. They can go out and estimate the number of deer in a certain area."

Tubbs says this may be the first time the city has commissioned such a study. Officials fear an over abundance of deer could lead to them damaging property or getting hit by cars. "They're out there, no question about it, " according to Webb, a retired History Professor from UAB. "At night, you can walk by there and there are deer that will jump over a fence and come back near the highway and so they're dangerous."

The study will begin around the end of January. It could take a month to a month and a half to complete.

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