Colorado

Apr 9, 2014 9:02 PM by Greg Dingrando

Deer in city limits causing problems

COLORADO SPRINGS - Deer in the middle of Colorado Springs isn't anything new, but some say they're becoming a problem.

We reported Wednesday morning that the town of Elizabeth its so bad they're considering allowing bow hunting. So we wanted to know just how bad the problem is here.

Its hard to get an exact count on the deer here in the city, but Parks and Wildlife said its somewhere between 800 and 1000 deer and the population is still growing.

"I live over in Village 7 area and we have tons of deer there," said Rose Enyeart

And she's certainly not alone.

"In the Springs it just gets worse and worse as the years go by, especially this last 4 or 5 years. The populations are just exploding," said Mike Estes, the owner of Rick's Garden Center.

In some areas they're causing problems; something Estes knows all too well. He said the deer turned their nursery into a buffet.

"The trees and shrubs can just be devastated by the deer in a very short period of time," said Estes.

He's certainly not the only one hurt by all the deer. Estes said sales of deer repellent and fences are through the roof.

Flowers and trees aren't the only concern. Police said they continue to have a lot of deer vs car accidents and they're not always on country roads.

"We see deer that make it down onto to I-25. Every once in awhile we see them on Academy Blvd because we have Palmer Park right there," said Lt. Catherine Buckley with the Colorado Police Department.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife said hunting is one of the only ways to really control the deer population. It's asked the city multiple times to allow hunting in certain areas, but the city council said no.

As for residents, it depends on who you ask.

Hours after we reported the town of Elizabeth was considering bow hunting we got calls from people wanting to get a permit. Others are a little more hesitant about it.

"I think that's awful. I can understand being aggravated but don't think they should kill something that can't talk and explain they're in the wrong place," said Enyeart.

To be clear, the city of Colorado Springs is not considering allowing bow hunting in the city limits at this time, but Parks and Wildlife continues to suggest it.

In the meantime, your best bet is to be extra careful on the roads and remember most deer travel in groups so if you see one, expect more. As for your home, there's all kind of products out there from fences to stinky mulches and sprays.

 

 

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