Hunt scheduled to kill deer posing threat to environment

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- A hunt is planned starting Saturday at the University of Michigan Dearborn to kill deer that officials say threaten the environment and could harbor disease-carrying ticks.

University spokesman Ken Kettenbeil says sharpshooters will work to reduce the deer population from 70 to about 20-30.

The Detroit Free Press reports the cull will take place in part of the wooded, 300-acre Environmental Study Area.

The venison will be donated to a food bank.