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City wide deer survey in Colorado Springs

Posted at 8:43 PM, Jan 28, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS – Snow on Monday did not deter Colorado Parks and Wildlife crews from heading out to collect new information on deer populations in the city limits of Colorado Springs. “This is the first year we’re getting a survey done on the east side of town,” said Assistant Area Wildlife Manager, Cody Wigner. The whole city was mapped into more than a dozen regions. Teams with Parks and Wildlife were assigned westside locations in the morning and eastside locations in the afternoon.

The say this research is “not” a count of the total deer population. That would require a six figure budget and much longer than a day.

Instead, the goal is getting a general idea of where deer are located in all parts of the city. With this broader survey they can also do a comparison of urban herd composition verses rural. “We’re really looking at the number of fawns to does and the number of bucks to does that this population’s made up of and really kind of the groups of deer and how they’re dispersed,” said Wigner.