Mike Wilson: ‘Leave the deer alone’
November 13, 2010
To the editor:
The wife and I have been reading all the opinions regarding the so-called deer problem in Craig.
What a mess that's turned into.
We live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, in a subdivision of 292 homes out in the country. The subdivision has a covenant that states "no domestic animals such as dogs, cats or other, can run loose."
They have to be on a leash or in a secure fenced area at all times. We have approximately 30 black-tail deer that roam throughout the subdivision daily.
Yes, they do eat prized landscaping unless one fences it off, which is what we do.
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Since dogs are not allowed to roam freely, we have never seen a deer being chased by one. Deer are wild animals and will protect themselves when it appears danger is imminent, and yes, they will protect their fawns with vigor, so leave them alone.
If those that are complaining to the Colorado Division of Wildlife to do something will only learn to live with them, the problem will be solved.
Some in our subdivision have complained to our DOW about deer damaging shrubs, flowers. etc., and were told by officials nothing can be done about this and just learn to live with the wild animals in the area.
So be it. This is what the Colorado DOW should have said. Instead, they took the easy way out. Shame on them.
Now folks, you should consider an ordnance prohibiting dogs from running loose (I know this won't happen, but it should be done). Your dogs can be walked on a leash for exercise for both of you.
That's what we see daily, and yes, the owners pick up after their pets every time so your property stays clear of this problem. This doesn't occur when dogs run free. They will always find an area away from their property to "do their thing".
Leave the deer alone and quit griping about such trivial things.