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In recent years the Town of Elizabeth has fielded an increase in concerns from Town residents related to conflicts with the local deer population. These conflicts have ranged from damage to personal property to safety issues associated with vehicle accidents. Initial discussions with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) included investigation of education and non-lethal mitigation techniques. From those early conversations the issue of unlawful deer feeding was identified and the Town adopted an ordinance to address it due to the State’s limited fine structure. As conflicts continued, the Town further explored the viability of management techniques for managing a deer herd. Among the topics reviewed were trap and transplant, sterilization, education, and various means of lethal control. Considering the goals of the Town, the cost / benefit of the different techniques, and the practicality of each option available the Town has continued to explore the option of lethal control.
Deer-culling program gets extended, Lakewood Sentinel, June 13, 2016In a unanimous decision, the Elizabeth Board of Trustees voted to continue the town’s Deer Management Program for another season. Initiated in the fall of 2014, the program that allows limited hunting of deer within designated areas inside the Elizabeth town limits, under tightly controlled parameters, was created in response to the increasing domestic deer population in and around the town.
According to town administrator Dick Eason, there were two factors contributing to the trustee’s view of a successful program. “It was the fact that we’ve got two years under our belt, and there has not been a single incident. That was one of our primary concerns going into the first year is, number one, safety,” he said. “The other thing is while the numbers, thus far, are not keeping up with the population growth, we are making progress.”
FWP completed a third programmatic environmental assessment in 2009 that confirmed objectives and methods relative to urban deer management in Helena. This current proposal is to establish the quota range for the 2016-2017 biennium and would cover deer removals during the Nov. 15, 2016 – March 31, 2017 and Nov. 15, 2017 – March 31, 2018 time periods.
The purpose of this rule is to enable a city to design and administer a control plan for the lethal or non-lethal removal of resident deer damaging private property or threatening public safety within the city.
R657-65-3. Authorization to Create and Administer an Urban Deer Control Plan.
(1) A municipality with a resident mule deer population that is significantly damaging private property or threatening public safety within its boundaries may request the Division for a certificate of registration (“COR”) to design, create, and administer an urban deer control plan.
As a first step in addressing this issue, the City Council has adopted an ordinance that allows qualified property owners to obtain a mitigation permit(s) from the Utah State Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) to shoot deer that are damaging their property.
First, the city would need to adopt an ordinance declaring the urban deer population as a public nuisance, as well as an ordinance to prohibit the feeding of deer. The program would also look at euthanizing deer after the ordinances are passed. ODFW says this would be done by a form of law enforcement.
Nonprofit pays for deer census, Statesman, June 16, 2016Lakeway-based nonprofit organization Citizen Advocates for Animals received approval from Lakeway city staff to have a deer survey performed within the city, provided they pay for the process themselves. The biologist may then propose a nonlethal deer population control method alongside the city’s current trap, transport and process system, but Citizen Advocates for Animals would be responsible for funding the nonlethal program.
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