Opponents of a Cape Girardeau ordinance that established an urban deer hunting program say they have enough signatures to put the issue to a vote.
The Southeast Missourian reports the organizer of Keep Cape Safe says more than 3,000 petition signatures are on hand and notarized. Only 2,446 signatures are needed to get a referendum on the ballot.
The City Council in July approved bow hunting of deer inside Cape Girardeau City limits. Last week the council rejected a request to put the deer hunts to a public vote, prompting opponents to begin the petition drive.
Missouri conservation officials are asking bow hunters to help keep track of wildlife by participating in a survey.
The state Conservation Department will mail surveys to participating bow hunters next month. They'll be asked to record how many deer, turkeys and furbearing animals they see and where, when and for how long they hunt.
Conservation officials say the survey has been conducted since 1983 and helps the agency manage wildlife and set hunting rules.