Friday, September 26, 2008
Killing Urban Whitetail Deer
Whitetail Deer are invading our cities out West. The term "urban whitetail" has been coined to describe these animals that live within the city and reproduce here as well. They don't just move down from the mountains during the winter months anymore. They live here year 'round.
The problems they cause include raiding of gardens and collisions with vehicles.
The City of Helena, Montana, proposed to kill 350 animals, which would be about half the estimated 700 that inhabit the city. That number was reduced to 50 in a pilot project approved by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission. Helena is a city of 20,000 or so.
The project is underway. Collapsible traps are set up and baited with fruit, etc., and the animals are trapped during the night. Officials then collapse the traps to the ground. Fawns are released. Their mothers are killed. The animals are butchered and the meat is donated the local food bank, Helena Food Share.
The Mayor of Helena is Jim Smith. Here is his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org