JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Wildlife officials plan to study the corpses of six deer killed by sharpshooters on Jekyll Island in their ongoing attempts to find out if the island's deer population is healthy, and whether there are too many of the animals.
The Brunswick News reports that officials planned to do necropsies on the animals to see whether overpopulation is affecting their health.
Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority director of conservation, says results are expected to provide a comprehensive report on the health of the deer.
Carswell said the sharpshooters are trained to shoot the deer in a way that they will die quickly.
The Jekyll Island Authority, which governs the state-owned island, in early April ordered its new conservation manager to explore whether the island has too many deer.