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Stuck buck highlights urban wildlife conundrum

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Thursday will address El Paso County Commissioners at their regularly-scheduled 9:00 a.m. meeting about what to do about deer overpopulation in urban areas.  It comes one day after a buck mule deer had to be rescued -- twice -- from a stormwater drainage ditch in the Piñon Valley neighborhood.

"It's the breeding time for deer right now, so the males fight a lot and this time this buck actually kind of got pushed down into that creek," said Corey Adler, Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager.  The deer was tranquilized for its first rescue and lassoed for the second rescue.  "We've had problems with this in the past," Adler said.  "Every year, it seems, we have an animal that goes down there and has a hard time getting out, especially deer."

It's also the time of year when bucks and bulls grow their antlers just as humans decorate with outdoor Christmas lights.  It's not unusual for the animals to entangle themselves in the light strands.  However, sometimes people intentionally invite the animals into human environs by setting food out for them.  "It's illegal and it's a no-no," Adler said.  State law prohibits feeding wildlife.

Thursday morning, CPW will discuss wildlife population control with El Paso County Commissioners.  Adler says urban hunting is one potential method of curbing exploding deer populations.  "Hunting is a way that Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages its animals throughout the state, so using that as a way to lower the number of deer in the city is a possibility," Adler said.  "It, of course, would be strictly managed and dealt with and most likely an archery hunt and there would be certain restrictions, but it would be a way to lower the deer number, but also not waste those deer.  Those deer would be used by the hunters and put to good use."

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