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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Sharpshooters have killed nearly 1,000 deer in northwestern Minnesota as part of an effort to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle.

The Department of Natural Resources says federal and private sharpshooters -- shooting from the ground and a helicopter -- killed 962 deer. The sharpshooting started in February and ended Friday.

The deer killed by sharpshooters exceeded the number of deer estimated to inhabit the 164-square-mile core area in January.

The DNR says the total deer killed since September is 2,656. That includes deer shot by sharpshooters, hunters and landowners during the hunting season and after it.

Officials hope the deer kill will curb the spread of bovine TB to cattle herds.