DEARBORN (AP) – Deer are being killed near the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn as part of an effort to manage the area’s deer population.

Hunters set out Tuesday with plans to kill about 50 deer in suburban Detroit. A state permit for the hunt is scheduled to expire on Sunday.

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School spokesman Ken Kettenbeil tells The Detroit News that the hunt is taking place in a 300-acre environmental study area that’s managed by the university. Last year, an aerial study showed 57 deer in the area; in January, that number climbed to 76.

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There have been problems in the area with vehicle crashes involving deer. Kettenbeil tells the Detroit Free Press that the recommended number of deer for the area is about five to 10.

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