Monday, February 04, 2008

MONTANA NEWS: Helena Cull Delayed

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - City officials have suggested waiting until the fall of this year to kill 50 mule deer inside the Helena city limits.

The city and state wildlife officials are still working out a plan that calls for city police officers to trap and shoot the deer.

Earlier plans called for the program to start this spring.

The city's draft plan calls for police to use clover traps baited with corn, apples, grain and hay to capture the deer; and then shoot adult bucks and does with .22-caliber firearms or bolt guns.

After the animals are cleaned, they would be taken to a meat processor, then picked up by Helena Food Share for distribution to needy families.

The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will have to approve any new time frame. The city has suggested September 15 through October 15th.

Information from: Independent Record,


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