Linda Cown: Finding a ‘better way’


To the editor:

There has got to be a better way.

I moved to Craig five years ago to be near my daughter after living in Denver for 35 years. I am disabled and rarely leave the house, especially in the winter.

I enjoy seeing the deer — some days they are the only visitors I have. Last winter, they ate some shrubs I had planted by the front porch. In the spring, I had them removed and put out a bird bath and bench. I’ve not had a deer in the front yard since.

A little common sense goes a long way.

Why not market them as a tourist attraction? I used to go to Estes Park a couple of times a year to watch the elk herds come in town around the Stanley Hotel.

They would wander around the hotel and grocery stores nearby, along with the fast food places. People would wait for them to arrive with their cameras in hand.

While in Estes Park, I would eat lunch or dinner and browse through their shops.

The best thing about Craig is the wildlife, so why not take advantage of such a great opportunity?

I agree most people don’t want their yards or gardens destroyed.

Plant things that don’t attract the deer, put up a fence. Take some kind of action that is less attractive to the deer and people need to stop feeding them.

I don’t know how many people are for or against killing the deer, but like the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Thank you.

Linda Cown


als362 6 years, 4 months ago

Linda is correct, wildlife is one of if not the best thing about Craig.
Look at any poster or advertisement for Craig and somewhere on it will be wildlife.
Many if not the most of the tourism dollars in this area come from hunters.
I don't think it is in the best interest of Craig or it's residents to kill deer just to appease a few people that have not learned, or do not care to learn how to deal with the deer.


Neal Harkner 6 years, 4 months ago

Like I said previously, people are NOT going to flock to Craig to see mule deer. Hunters will come, sure, but run-of-the-mill tourists? Not likely. Craig is NOT a tourist destination. It's a map dot on the eastern edge of the high desert.

Elk are NOT the #1 draw of Estes Park. The town, the shopping, the mountains, and Rocky Mountain National Park are bigger players.

Estes is also much closer to the Front Range Urban Corridor and infinitely more scenic than Craig.


MoCo4life 6 years, 4 months ago

When I was a kid, there was a sign at the Denver Museum of Natural History that had such an impact that I remember it to this day, "If there is wildlife in your backyard, perhaps it's because you're in theirs." Construction and sprawl is interfering with animal habitat and migration patterns. If you want to build in Craig, wildlife is part of the deal. Get used to it. And Moffat County IS a tourist destination. We have scenery here to rival any in the United States. I've had plenty of comments from visiting friends, relatives AND tourism about the deer and how neat it is to see them wandering around town.


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