Petition proposes deer hunt in city

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Craig resident Gail Severson got 119 signatures on her petition.

It's a number nowhere near its potential, she said.

Why?

Each time she stopped to talk to someone about deer within Craig city limits and a way to control them, that person would ramble on about run-ins with the animals.

It was taking forever.

"Nobody turned me down, I could have gotten hundreds more," Severson said.

Ruined landscape and threats to drivers were the main reasons why Severson circulated a petition proposing deer population control in the fall of 2006.

The petition, addressed to the Craig City Council, reads that the concerned citizens want control of the deer population in Craig city limits. It stated that citizens have spent thousands of dollars beautifying the community, which wildlife are destroying.

"I put close to $1,000 in landscaping at my house, and it took hardly over night before they got to it," Severson said.

Severson will discuss the petition with the City Council on Feb. 13.

Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said he didn't believe any immediate actions would be taken.

Severson said she wasn't sure how animal control should go about taking place, but she plans to reference a newspaper article published about Rapid City, S.D., where city workers drive around town in city trucks and shoot the animals late at night with a .22. The animals were then given to people who had previously signed up on a list with the city.

"I've never heard of anything like this before," Ferree said.

But solutions to this issue are popping up more.

Alamosa is allowing a town-wide deer hunt, issuing 30 licenses, five at a time, for antlerless animals, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.

"It's not that I don't like deer, I think they're lovely," Severson said. "But I think they belong in the country."

She said deer are breeding in town and are so docile they pose a threat to drivers.

"They're living in town and don't know any different," Severson said. "My thing is for the drivers, especially the young drivers, and safety of children in parks at night."

John Henry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or jhenry@craigdailypress.com.

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