Cities are just deer in the headlights

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Cities are just deer in the headlights

What’s a homeowner to do to combat the state’s growing infestation?
Deer appear to be growing more and more comfortable in town, away from their naturally wooded habitat and the predators that come with it. Joe Lewandowski, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman, said the wildlife experts in his division have noticed that once deer discover easy access to water and food, they tend to move in for good.
Elizabeth has a population of more than 1,400 and covers about 1 square mile. To date, it is the only town in Colorado that has taken on a deer-culling program, but numerous communities across the country have begun deer-management efforts.
“We had been getting complaints for some time, complaints about deer eating gardens, eating trees, knocking down fences, getting hit by cars,” Elizabeth Town Administrator Dick Eason said.

Cities are just deer in the headlights

Deer appear to be growing more and more comfortable in town, away from their naturally wooded habitat and the predators that come with it. Joe Lewandowski, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman, said the wildlife experts in his division have noticed that once deer discover easy access to water and food, they tend to move in for good.
Elizabeth has a population of more than 1,400 and covers about 1 square mile. To date, it is the only town in Colorado that has taken on a deer-culling program, but numerous communities across the country have begun deer-management efforts.
“We had been getting complaints for some time, complaints about deer eating gardens, eating trees, knocking down fences, getting hit by cars,” Elizabeth Town Administrator Dick Eason said.
To report sick deer

To report diseased or injured deer inside the Durango city limits, take a picture if possible and call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Durango at 247-0855. This is not for any deer sighting, just deer that may be in distress.

On the Net

To learn more about the town of Elizabeth’s deer-management program, visit www.townofelizabeth.org/deer-management-program.html.
To learn more about living with deer, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlife.aspx.

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