BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — The Bridgeton City Council has agreed to allow longbow hunting in an effort to thin the growing deer population in the St. Louis County town.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/WhFzkE ) reports that the city council voted 5-3 Wednesday to allow hunting after complaints from residents about accidents and property destruction caused by deer.

The plan will allow for two 60-day hunting periods, beginning Sept. 15 and in late November. Hunters must be at least 18 and complete a Missouri Department of Conservation safety course.

Other communities in the region have allowed some form of hunting in deer management efforts.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com