Friday, March 06, 2009

UTAH NEWS: Another Case of Rising Suburban Deer Populations

Prancing deer in Bountiful are becoming a more common sight, these days.

For some, it reminds them that nature is still close at hand. For others, it means their gardens are eaten up.

“We have had a lot of complaints about the growth of an urban deer herd in Bountiful,” said City Manager Tom Hardy.

He was talking about the city’s critters in relation to approval given by the city council to a five-year contract with Davis County Animal Control Services.

Deer actually fall under jurisdiction of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

“There is no natural predator, only the cold and snow” to deter deer population from growing, Hardy said.

“The population is exploding, and not just on the east bench,” he said. “There is a problem all the way down to the freeway.

“Seven to eight years ago, we had deer hitting cars,” plus the more usual cars hitting deer, he said. “The division thinned the herd, killed several hundred deer.”

The thought of killing deer, obviously, doesn’t come down well with everyone, the city manager said.

“To thin the herd, they (division staff) have to literally go into people’s backyards” and take the deer out.

Source: Clipper Today

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