Kimarie Hazelbaker: Don’t kill the deer

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To the editor:

I am absolutely, unequivocally opposed to killing the deer in Craig.

In fact, I have been sick since reading about the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s options for “removing” the deer. It is really hard to believe that some of my Craig neighbors have so little respect for life that they can justify the killing of these beautiful animals.

Our mayor apparently jumped right on the plan to kill the deer, saying “based on the support” he will “move forward” with the plan.

The people supporting this plan (some of the 50 people at the meeting) are a tiny fraction of the population of Craig. Many of us like having the deer in town and are fundamentally, ethically and morally opposed to killing them. Aren’t the mayor and the city council here to serve all of Craig, not just the few that want the deer killed?

A handful of reports of “aggressive” deer do not justify slaughtering hundreds of innocent creatures.

I am sorry that three dogs have been killed. I have also seen deer in my backyard sniffing noses with my cats, which is very cute. People need to take care to protect their children and pets just as they protect them from cars.

The deer are a fundamental part of Craig. They are very gentle creatures, becoming aggressive only if they feel threatened.

One woman said she is afraid to go into her backyard because of the “aggressive” deer that won’t leave when she waves her broom at them.

I don’t know why the deer in her backyard would be more aggressive than the deer in the rest of town. When I go into my backyard, the deer sometimes leave immediately and sometimes watch me very cautiously, leaving if I get too close or make too much noise.

I have had everything from tiny fawns with their mothers to a 5-point buck that have returned to my yard many times. They are almost like “my” deer now (and, no, I don’t feed them). None of them have ever been at all threatening to me or my cats.

Maybe it’s time to revisit the idea of birth control for the deer. If this had been implemented when first suggested, the deer population would be smaller than it is now and would continue to be reduced naturally.

In the meantime, the city could use the deer “removal” money to help fence the backyards of people who don’t want the deer. A 6-foot fence around a front yard area of a property I had in the country kept the deer from eating my trees and other plants inside the fence.

If the city goes ahead with this plan, the massacre would be devastating to me and many others. I am having trouble sleeping over this as it is.

How do we explain this to our children? I think children should learn reverence for life, not that animals should be killed when they become inconvenient.

I know that I couldn’t live in Craig anymore if this happens.

Kimarie Hazelbaker

Comments

C_Clark 4 years, 1 month ago

I am outraged at the thought of someone removing a beautiful part of our town. These magestic creatures should not be put in the same category as bears. If DOW decides to trap them, and slaughter innocent animals we wont stand quiet. The beauty of our town is we are in the midst of nature. NO REGUARD FOR LIFE IF YOU DECIDE TO CAPTURE AND SLAUGHTER! IT IS LEGALIZED POACHING!

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als362 4 years, 1 month ago

I think a good start to end this deer issue would be very stiff sentences for feeding the deer. I think the sentence for the first offense should be a fine of $500.00. For the second offense, $1000.00, and for the third a week in jail. These sentences should be imposed for those that feed the deer either directly, by putting out food specifically for the deer or indirectly by putting out food for other creatures such as birds or squirrels that the deer have access to and will eat. Both cause the same problem and curbing both will help lower the number of deer in town because there will be less for them to eat.

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headincloud 4 years, 1 month ago

Deer not a problem? I have lived here all my life and love the wildlife we are privileged enough to see every day. But in the mountains, where they belong, not in our backyards. Forget about all the thousands and thousands of dollars of destroyed trees, flowers, gardens and the hard work people have put into them and damage to the vehicles that have hit them. And you can fence them out but what about where you can’t fence them out? I had a neighbor who told me he was out in his yard this summer and heard screaming coming from the street. He looked out and saw two little girls walking home. There was a buck standing 10 feet from them, with its head down pawing the ground coming towards them. He grabbed a shovel and ran out of his yard and almost had to hit the deer to chase it away. Not a problem? I personally, 2 weeks ago was taking the trash out when a huge buck standing at the edge of the street came charging towards me and chased me up on my deck. What has to happen before we realize there is a problem? Not to mention that, as has happened in the foothills of Denver and other areas, they will bring other predators into town as well. The deer in town become desensitized to sounds, animals and people and become easy prey for these predators which brings them into town as well. Does a child or adult have to be gored or killed by one of these beautiful animals before we wake up and smell the roses? Or a bear or mountain lion come in and maul or kill someone before we do anything? Will you be able to live with that? Not a problem? Wake up!

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George Robertson 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm confused C_Clark. If killing the deer means the "slaughter innocent animals", does that mean the steak you are eating came from a guilty steer???

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