BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Officials with the Mill Creek MetroParks confirm efforts to thin out the deer population have nearly doubled their totals now.

Sharpshooters killed 30 deer on the Metroparks Golf Course north of state Route 224 in Boardman late Wednesday into early Thursday, filling all of the permits approved for the period. During that time, access was closed to the East Golf Hike and Bike Trail.

Prior to the overnight targeted removal, 38 deer had been taken over a 10-day period in the southernmost part of the park using bows and arrows.

Neighbors in the area opposed to the hunt took their complaints to Mahoning County Commissioners on Thursday. Some complained they have heard gunfire from the park area.

Another round of rifle hunting will be held in December and January.