MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The city of Martinsburg, West Virginia, is considering whether to allow deer hunting.

The Journal reports a proposed ordinance is set for its final reading Thursday at a City Council meeting.

If approved, it would allow bow hunting on tracts of at least 5 contiguous acres. Hunters would be required to have a state hunting license along with a permit from the city for a specific tract.

Property to be included in the hunting areas would require permission from landowners.

The ordinance was proposed after residents complained about deer herds and the health and safety risks they pose.