Mark Parchman: Use reason on deer issue


To the editor:

Many have wrote that “few” and “not many” want the deer eliminated to some degree. I, for one, would like someone to provide an Internet link that shows there are only a few, or direct me to some survey or poll for support of your statements, please.

There just simply are none that I’m aware of and thus, there are no facts for those statements. The same can be said for those who keep saying the Colorado Division of Wildlife wants to “kill, kill, kill.”

I read them to say they could kill, sterilize, or trap and move with poor results. Craig asked the DOW what could be done and they supplied their professional opinion of what they could do.

Those that didn’t like that have attacked the DOW and then asked if there is anything else that can be done. They ask for ideas and have none, except to say leave the deer alone.

Did someone think the DOW had a deer obedience school? Don’t walk across the street but on a crosswalk, or don’t attack dogs but get along?

Interjecting drama doesn’t help in an intelligent discussion, of which we all have a right. I’ve lived here almost 40 years, and those that say we’ve had deer back then are being somewhat disingenuous by not saying that there were very few deer back then and there was no wasting disease. Things are different now.

I personally would like the DOW to inform the city council of how many deer have been tested and confirmed with wasting disease in city limits. Now that would be a fact, and if they do any future testing, it should be mandatory to be supplied to the city council. Those that want to vote on the issue, that’s fine, even if history has shown the majority are often wrong.

In respect to the city council, they have a fiduciary responsibility to protect citizens first, not to protect your right to see wildlife. Don’t be surprised at their decision, just place yourself in their shoes, first.

In that regard, it would be interesting to see what our city attorney has to say about the liability the city has if someone is hurt or killed by a deer if nothing is done with these discussions. That would be another fact to consider.

If the result of all the discussions is to reduce some of the deer population in Craig, then hopefully we can do it with reason. The world is in a tough economic period and Craig is no different.

Without sport for killing these animals, I would hope the meat would be only for those who are disadvantaged in this valley. In doing this, it may help those who want the deer to stay to feel they are receiving something for the removal of the deer.

God knows they’ve eaten enough of my crab apples and tulips, so they should be tasty, if you like wild game.

I’m neutral on this subject, and want more facts.

Mark Parchman


ColoradoNative1 6 years, 4 months ago

It doesn't sound to me like you are "neutral" on this subject. In all of the complaints of deer "pawing" the ground (not an aggressive action) I haven't heard of anyone being chased or attacked by a deer. Yes some dogs have been hurt and killed but not everyone controls their dogs and dogs often chase and terrorize deer (dogs sometimes chase and attack people as well).

Slaughtering the deer because they have become an inconvenience (and eat people's crab apples and tulips) is just wrong.

I did not sign on to live in a town where a few (city council, mayor) can make such a major decision based on the support of a few. The council is supposed to represent all of us, not just the vocal minority.

Killing the deer is morally and ethically wrong. A handful of people making the decision for all of us is morally and ethically wrong.


als362 6 years, 4 months ago

Any removal, relocation, or killing efforts will ultimately fail. The only way to keep the deer out of the city is to get rid of the food supply.
That is why they come into the city.
The 2 ways to get rid of the food supply is to place very harsh and strict sentences on feeding the deer, whether you are feeding them directly by putting food out specifically for the deer. Or indirectly by allowing them access to the food you put out for other animals or birds. And to tell people if they don't want the deer in their yards, then it is up to them to fence them out. When the food supply is gone the deer will move somewhere else on their own.


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