A deer in Colorado Springs, spotted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials during a deer count in December 2017.

(Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Colorado Springs' deer population has exploded, and city and county leaders are considering their options to deal with the animals that often get in collisions with cars, or tangled up in residential fences or gardens. Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Frank McGee tells Colorado Matters that one of the most cost-efficient and effective methods of deer management would be to allow bow hunting in city limits.

Colorado Springs wouldn't be the first city in the state to go this route, but it would be the largest. Communities in and around Elizabeth, Salida, Buena Vista and Craig have all allowed hunting to control urban populations. The Air Force Academy also holds regular hunts, though unlike other cities, they use firearms.