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Colorado Springs City Council discuss deer overpopulation at work session

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The City of Colorado Springs is considering multiple options, including urban hunting or hiring a company to cull the population, to reduce the deer population in the city.

The city council listened to a presentation from Frank McGee, the wildlife manager for the Colorado Springs area. McGee's presentation outlined issues with deer in the city, including damage to plants, trees, collisions with vehicles, illegal feeding, deer disease and even a rare case of attacks on humans.

CPW Wildlife Biologist Julie Stiver estimated there were approximately 17 deer per square mile on the west side of Colorado Springs, a "significantly higher" concentration than seen in wildland areas.

City council members discussed both non-lethal and lethal options for controlling the population at Monday's work session, weighing cost and benefits of proposals.

Stiver said a conceptual model for urban hunting to cut the population in half would be eliminating about 200 does per year from the herd. CPW said it would then look to see if there was a decrease in the number of deer-related problems around the city.

City council members said if the city were to take action, the plan would likely happen in the fall from September to December to lessen the chance of fawns being left without mothers.

McGee also said if the city were to approve a population control measure, Colorado Parks and Wildlife would also have to approve the measure.


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