REDDING - A Redding resident claims that 16 deer were illegally killed near his property by a culling company in February 2013. 

Rick Jaccarino wants state police and the state attorney general to investigate the deaths. An investigation by state environment officials was closed for lack of evidence. 

Jaccarino says that by hiring outside companies to cull the deer, state officials are being unfair to local hunters.

The company, White Buffalo, was hired as part of a federal tick study with the overall goal of reducing Lyme disease, which is spread by the deer tick.

White Buffalo spokesman Dave Streit says the company has done no wrong. 

The company culls deer for communities all over the country, and routinely gets complaints similar to those in this case, according to Streit.