Sandy Beran: More deer ideas needed
October 30, 2010
To the editor:
The experts have presented Craig three ideas for dealing with the deer in our town: kill them, kill them, kill them.
Is that really the best we can do? Is that good stewardship with our natural resources?
We moved to Craig from Steamboat Springs in 2002 because it was more affordable. We have come to value the uniqueness of Craig that is still part of the Wild West. While more and more communities become generic and similar, Craig has kept its own identity.
Talented and gifted people choose to live here. In our town, we have many casts of characters, and for the most part, I've noticed we are fiercely independent people. We have incredible natural resources that are characteristically rugged and wild. We have great churches, real ranches, working cowboys, sheepherders, coal miners and much more.
We are the real deal.
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Our two museums testify to our rich heritage and have events that attract visitors. One has Clyde, a live elk for people to see. Not only that, but Craig, billed as the elk hunting capital of the world, is a refuge to deer families. We can see them not just as heads on the wall and meat on the table, but as they co-exist within our town.
Visitors are amazed and drawn to this. Why can't we capitalize on this to draw in visitors and revenue? Craig reminds us of the television show "Northern Exposure," where the moose wanders around the Alaskan town Sicily.
I want people and pets to be safe so there are precautions to take when living among wildlife. I so believe it's worth it.
More ideas please.