Linda Cown: Finding a ‘better way’
November 1, 2010
To the editor:
There has got to be a better way.
I moved to Craig five years ago to be near my daughter after living in Denver for 35 years. I am disabled and rarely leave the house, especially in the winter.
I enjoy seeing the deer — some days they are the only visitors I have. Last winter, they ate some shrubs I had planted by the front porch. In the spring, I had them removed and put out a bird bath and bench. I've not had a deer in the front yard since.
A little common sense goes a long way.
Why not market them as a tourist attraction? I used to go to Estes Park a couple of times a year to watch the elk herds come in town around the Stanley Hotel.
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They would wander around the hotel and grocery stores nearby, along with the fast food places. People would wait for them to arrive with their cameras in hand.
While in Estes Park, I would eat lunch or dinner and browse through their shops.
The best thing about Craig is the wildlife, so why not take advantage of such a great opportunity?
I agree most people don't want their yards or gardens destroyed.
Plant things that don't attract the deer, put up a fence. Take some kind of action that is less attractive to the deer and people need to stop feeding them.
I don't know how many people are for or against killing the deer, but like the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.