Shawn Coleman: Craig a deer ‘sanctuary’


To the editor:

What is it with the people of Craig?

As an avid hunter and an animal lover, I am appalled that a few people and the Colorado Division of Wildlife think it’s OK to slaughter Craig’s deer.

This is a sanctuary. Of course the deer like it here. With all the browse, no predators and no hunting, they have decided that dodging a few cars isn’t that bad.

We have made it this way. You can’t shoot a gun in town, and if you did, you would be in trouble and if you went out and killed a deer (even if you intended on eating it) without a license, the DOW would fine you, take the animal and you would lose your hunting rights.

What makes it all right for the DOW to slaughter 90-plus percent of the deer?

If the few who are complaining don’t like it, then I say move. If you took a vote to see how many people like to see the deer in Craig, I’m sure it would outweigh the negative ones.

I have a privacy fence, my trees have not been eaten, my dogs cannot get out and chase the deer and be killed, and my kids are safe.

Deer will not jump over something that they cannot see over. There are other alternatives to the deer problem. Trap them, tranquilize them and haul them to the outer edges of Great Divide and let them go.

If they die, so be it.

At least the coyotes and lions will be eating good, and at least they had a chance. I have lived in Craig most of my life, but I have also experienced city life.

You never saw deer there and I would take the deer over the traffic any day.

Shawn Coleman


als362 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree that killing the deer is a bad idea. but I also think that trapping, tranquilizing, and moving them is an option that will cost more money than it is worth.
If that option is used, then those people that believe they have an issue with the deer should pay all the costs associated with that option. I see no reason why the rest of us should have to pay for something that is wanted by only a few.


headincloud 6 years, 4 months 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!


Becky Plummer 6 years, 4 months ago

Are you thinking the same thing I am--Can you say cut and paste?


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