Clarence Corriveau: Leave the deer alone


To the editor:

I read, with great interest, your recent news article about the “aggressive” deer problem in Craig.

I cannot believe that anyone in Craig America could be afraid to go out of their house because of the deer. What has become of my hometown?

Maybe the deer have been too aggressive with someone’s roses, yes. But that’s food, dude. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little modern language rhyming.)

A deer on your street is a blessing from Mother Nature. Just be glad it’s not a moose.

And, those who are worried about the little deer should get out and smell the roses and fresh air.

There is some danger on the streets of Craig, but it is all from the animals of the two-legged variety.

Clarence Corriveau


Frank Estey 6 years, 6 months ago

This quaint little town, of years gone by, is not the place where you grew up, things have changed, deer have evolved into urban monsters. Deer are conscious of their importance to the economy of the state of Colorado and they take every opportunity to demonstrate this fact by terrorizing the people in this town…stomping the dogs and cats and anything crossing their path.
What are people to do? We must cower and hide in our homes because we are dependant of the state to take care of us.

Just wondering…. Have the deer changed or have the people changed.


als362 6 years, 6 months ago

The deer have not changed. They still follow the instincts they were born with.
Just because some haven't learned to adapt to that is not good cause to waste many thousands of tax dollars in what will prove to be a failed attempt to remove or relocate them.


taxslave 6 years, 6 months ago

You'd better believe it's food and all of you will be very grateful for them in the days ahead. The collapse of the us bond market is about two weeks out.


Nadja Rider 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't understand?!?!

Why is is ok to manage deer outside the city limits, but it's not ok to manage them within? It's no different. If their numbers are too high in a certain area, they need to be reduced. Nobody is talking about totally eliminating them, but they do need to be managed, something that has not been done at all. I suspect the lack of management is what has contributed to the over population of diseased deer.


wellwell 6 years, 6 months ago

Greystone and others,

The people are the ones that changed. The older pictures show little fencing, little plantings and very few pictures of deer in town.

We are now populated by people that came here for whatever reason and brought with them the culture from whence they came. They stayed for whatever reason and built their transplanted culture, by planting plants that brought them pleasure, planted gardens to supplement their diet, finding that often plantings here are often hard to grow in our short season. If they do grow to completion they are prized. This people created lushness changed the land.

The deer are opportunistic grazers without the ability to plant their food. Therefore when they graze into this great opportunity they stay close to the food.

The humans, with creator given brains, should be able to sheild the their gardens and plantings to a degree of enjoyment. This is to say we can work to enjoy our environment, not to belittle anyone in any way. Others that find no problem from deer should be able to enjoy the deer. They may have found a way to prevent deer damage, plant a deer resistant or deer deterant planting. Those that enjoy deer should not plant plantings that attract deer that thereby annoying their neighbors.We actually can trade pointers. Let's be a community that works together, not apart.


als362 6 years, 6 months ago

The reason that any attempt to manage the deer within the city limits is because of the wide variety of food, water and shelter available to the deer in town. There are those that purposely feed the deer. These people should be severely fined for this activity. There are the people that indirectly feed the deer with bird feeders and other things of that nature. This also need to be stopped. There are many places in town where the deer can get out of the snow and wind like near your house or garage. I have heard people post here, is it necessary to put up a tall fence to keep the deer out of your yard. YES it is necessary, and it is that property owners responsibility to do that. I want to see how many people that have posted on these pages will be posting again completely outraged when they see a deer walking through town with an arrow sticking out of it, or dragging a half shot off limb, or roaming about with its insides hanging out. All of these things are a possibility when hunts are allowed near or within the city limits. I believe that anyone that wishes the deer removed from thier property should be the ones to pay the full cost of that removal. Then when the deer are back in a very short time, they will be the only ones out that money, and not the rest of us taxpayers. Any attempt to remove the deer from the city limits will only result in reducing the amount of tax dollars in the city coffers.


wellwell 6 years, 6 months ago


I sure do agree with the waste of money. Maybe it IS a good idea to have those that have the problem pay for the removal as you suggest.


T066J 6 years, 6 months ago

Some time back, someone from Hayden posted in one of the forum topics regarding deer inside the city limits of Craig and stated that Hayden does not have, and never has had, a problem with deer inside their city limits. Maybe we need to contact "the powers to be" in Hayden and find out what their secret is!


als362 6 years, 6 months ago

I would venture to guess that Hayden is does not have deer in town because of the huge irrigated hay fields just outside both ends of town. There the deer, elk and antelope can eat, drink and sleep without being bothered by us nasty humans.


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