Scotia Pepping: Way to reduce deer and help others

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To the editor:

The residents of the town of Craig understand all too well the concerns of the deer population in a city. They leave droppings in lawns, increase the likelihood of hitting one in town and the possibility they will cause injury to residents. This past summer, at Lowdy Simpson a stray fawn ran through the stands of the baseball fields and came running straight towards me. Luckily, the deer veered and missed me entirely.

Recently a reader posted a comment regarding options as to how a city could reduce deer population in town. This along with my recent experience of being a victim of theft got me thinking about a way that we can reduce the deer population in town as well as help those that are less fortunate.

As a resolution to these two problems, I propose we trap the deer and have them butchered for the less fortunate residents of our town. In order for this plan to work we would need willing residents to place traps in their yards, the DOW willing to come and transport these deer to a butcher who is willing to process the game for free. I am certain the United Way could find less fortunate residents in need of meat in their freezers. To ensure we can continue living as small town with the peace of mind and security we need to ensure those residents who are less fortunate are taken care of. This plan would reduce the overpopulation of deer in town as well as hopefully reduce the crime rates in town.

Scotia Pepping

Comments

Colette Erickson 4 years ago

Were you robbed by someone in search of venison? HOW exactly does your cruel plan reduce crime? The person who robbed you, in all likelihood, wanted money for meth.

The "stray fawn" was likely terrified out of its wits - not trying to mow you down. Do you have an sense of compassion?!

Do you want a trap in your yard, and do you want to watch the DOW kill the panicked deer in your yard, and then look at the blood later, on the grass? You should have to deal w/ the reality and aftermath of what you propose.

Wow - what a plan.

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GreyStone 4 years ago

May not be a good idea to feed any of these town deer to the people considering all the pathogens in their flesh… might make dog food or chicken feed though.

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jamcolo 4 years ago

Harvesting meat from road-killed wildlife is legal in Colorado. If trapping them is no good maybe we can beef up the frount end of a couple old pickup trucks and start running over them.

The Colorado Division of wildlife already gives deer and elk meat to families in need. Road kill It's whats for dinner.LOL

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George Robertson 4 years ago

3canines if your "sense of compassion" is in charge here just wait till you see how Mother Nature deals with it.

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Colette Erickson 4 years ago

We are judged by how we treat those (animals and human) over whom we have power. Compassion makes us human. We would like to believe we have big brains - let's us them wisely.

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Colette Erickson 4 years ago

Oops. Let's "use" our brains wisely - and learn to proof-read! :-)

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jamcolo 4 years ago

Would we not be judged rightous for feeding the needy?

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Colette Erickson 4 years ago

With animals that were tortured (netted and trapped - horrific for a prey animal like a deer) prior to being killed? The adrenalin levels in the meat alone would make it unhealthy. Who will pay the cost of testing every murdered animal for chronic wasting disease (some folks seem to see that as a problem)? Donate canned goods to the food bank if you want to be "rightous." "Rightous" and "compassionate" not the same thing, by the way.

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GreyStone 4 years ago

Road kill is at the lower end of the food supply…a last chance food for lower animals and scavengers, low life humans.

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Becky Plummer 4 years ago

Ok GreyStone That for even you is too low, was there not one time in your life that you would have done anything to feed your family, road kill doesn't sound like something any of us would like to have to eat but if that was the only thing we had to sustain our family thru these long winters I'm sure we would do it. And I'm sure you are not ANY better than the rest of us.

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GreyStone 4 years ago

Might be a possibility that the road kill was sick or damaged before it stepped in front of the car or truck and became road kill… that’s why its called road kill. When I go out hunting, I usually look for a healthy animal to kill and eat, not something that was just run over by a car or truck.

Why not just go and eat a live cat or dog

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Becky Plummer 4 years ago

OK eating a LIVE cat or dog would be quite gross I will give you that, but most of these animals get run over just because they where trying to cross the road. And I'm sure if they where only hungry during hunting season they would look for a healthy one too, and I am also sure the meat processing plant would not package bloodshot or any other damaged meat for consumption. Again if they could do something different I think they would. The hungry kids dont know where it comes from they just know they dont go to bed hungry at least on this night.

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