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Deer still dividing East Texas community

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HOLLY LAKE RANCH, TX (KLTV) - Are they pets or are they a problem? An East Texas community is still divided over deer.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says Holly Lake Ranch is over-run with hundreds of deer. In fact, the department suggested that the deer be killed to control the population. But, others say leaving them alone will be good for their habitat.

The community held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the issue, and emotions are still pretty strong.

"I think this is all just a smoke screen, for Mr. Mead, who owns Holly Lake, to make a lot of money off of us, and he's using the deer as an excuse," said Jayne Cook, a Holly Lake resident.

"I realize that these people that love their deer, and have their pet deer, really genuinely care about them, but I love my deer, and I have pet deer, too, and I realized that some of them have to go," said Jackie Willhide, a Holly Lake resident.

The Holly Lake Ranch board of directors will meet with the developer's board next week, to vote on removing a number of the deer, and donating the meat to charity.

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