Dorothy Tabor: Deer are not a problem
November 12, 2010
To the editor:
I have a few questions and a couple of possible solutions to the so-called deer problem in Craig, which I don't see as a problem.
The first question: Who counted the deer population in Craig? I haven't have seen 300-plus deer in town. I was born in Mount Harris and have lived in Craig since I was 4.
The second question: How do you tell the difference from one doe to another? They all look alike to me. The same with bucks.
Third question: How do you know whether the same buck, doe or fawn wasn't counted multiple times?
I've seen small groups of bucks and does hanging out together, but how do you know if these little groups didn't split up and go back to their families?
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The deer don't stay just in one area.
I've seen men in their little groups having beer or coffee, or just playing cards (and women too), and then they go home to their families. Do we count them twice in the census?
One solution to the overpopulation problem (and it would help the economy in Craig) is that when a deer hunter applies for a hunting license, instead of sending them to a specific area in Hamilton, Meeker, Maybell or wherever, send them to the addresses of the people who don't want deer in their yard.
Give the hunters all the addresses where they are allowed to hunt. Surely this would give the hunters a variety of choices of deer, especially trophy hunters. Or would it? But, the hunters would have to follow the rules:
Rule 1: The hunter can only hunt at the addresses given to them of the people who don't want the deer in their yards.
Rule 2: The hunter (of the people who don't want the deer) cannot go to the nearby addresses not on the list to scare deer into their hunting areas so they can shoot them.
If either of these rules are broken by the hunters, or the property owner, the property owner has to pay a hefty fine and their privileges to live in Craig and surrounding counties be taken away for life.
To help the economy in Craig, the hunter can stay at a local motel/hotel, or if they want to camp out, they can in the yards where the deer are unwanted. The hunters can eat at the local restaurants or build a campfire in the yard where they are camping.
But, in my opinion, the best solution would be tranquilize the complainers and relocate them as far away from Craig as possible, where the deer don't roam.
If there are petitions going around against getting rid of the deer, I will be more than happy to sign it if it will do any good.
It sounds like the council and Colorado Division of Wildlife don't care what we the people, the majority, want.
Who will pick the members for this committee??