N.C. officers gear up for police deer hunt

By Marti Maguire
The News & Observer

SMITHFIELD, N.C. Police detectives here are hunting some unusual suspects for the second year in a row this fall white-tailed deer accused of decimating plants in one of the town's well-heeled neighborhoods.

A trio of detectives took to the woods in recent weeks for an in-town police hunt that is rare, if not unique, in the region. Last year, they killed 25 deer in the woods near the manicured lawns of South Smithfield, where a growing population of deer munch on tender plants and shrubs such as hostas, azaleas, and Acuba.

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