A bill ending the ban on deer hunting within city limits was killed Friday by the House.
Rep. Bob Ream, D-Missoula, had argued House Bill 175 would give cities a means of dealing with the growing problems created by an overflowing deer population spilling into some outlying neighborhoods.
The deer are hazards for traffic, attract mountain lions and ravage yards and gardens, he said.
The measure was rejected on a 48-50 vote after winning preliminary approval 52-45 Thursday.
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