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David, I own and operate the BigGameHunt.net web site and am well aware of the deer problems in other communities (out east even in the cities) for many years. We have reported on the methods of management that you outlined for a very long time. Some methods are reasonable, but many are not, and very expensive. However we do not want our population of deer to reach the level of disease and overpopulation that has overwhelmed so many communities, so I do believe some level of management needs to be instituted before it is out of control.
Fortunately, mule deer are a more timid species than whitetail and they are not quite as prolific in reproducing, so they most likely will not become quite as big a problem as whitetail do.
I hope the city of Craig and the DOW can come up with a plan to curb the deer population. Simply allowing the deer to "be" is not a solution.
All you deer lovers need to get a grip! Have you forgotten that we live in a popular hunting area, yes HUNTING - not petting zoo!
Deer are wild animals, they should never have been allowed to multiply to this level in town. We manage deer, yes - hunt, kill and eat deer outside of town. How in the world is in town any different? Hunters come here to HUNT them!
Nobody said they would remove or kill ALL the deer, but they need to be managed, something that has obviously not been done. Another post mentioned that it won't be long before predators find the easy pickings in town. So not only will we have a resident deer problem, but predators like mountain lion roaming about as well. They're already prowling on the outskirts.
And DavidMoore, do you really want to invite the likes of PETA into Craig?
Elk are not deer! You really want to invite elk into downtown Craig???
Of course there's a place for wildlife here, and that's outside of town! The wildlife does wander into town, but we have too large of a population of DEER that have made themselves comfortable in yards. They are not domesticated animals and they are getting diseased from living in town.
This idea that people are doing something unnatural by wanting to manage the deer population in town is simply ridiculous. Maybe YOU need to move to Boulder or better yet California, where they want to live with all the wild critters in their backyards, and then complain when they attack or do damage.
Nobody said they wanted to remove ALL the deer, but their numbers in town do need to be curbed and managed in an ongoing manner.
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.
I don't live in town, I live in Ridgeview. We moved into our current home over 30 years ago when there were only 4 houses here and surrounded by fields. Even then we didn't have a problem with deer in our yard, and didn't for about 20 years. They stayed in the fields around us, and did not bother our newly planted yard. On the overall, I don't think Ridgeview has as big a deer problem as downtown Craig does. I believe the deer in town have simply acclimated to humans. If they are indeed being fed by people, that needs to stop immediately and anyone feeding them should be heavily fined! Deer are wild and should remain that way, feeding them is harmful.
No longer have kids or dogs at home. Deer do jump fences and bucks get a bit crazy during the rut. I was challenged by one last fall in my own yard.
I love the wildlife here, but there needs to be some distance between humans and wildlife. There was in the past, and I'm not sure what has changed, other than the deer find the food in yards easier pickings than foraging in the fields. So in that respect, I do believe the deer in town have developed some very bad habits.
I'm going to guess that most of the responses on here are from people who do not have yards. It's not a mere $20 worth of petunias that they eat in a yard, they are capable of eating hundreds if not thousands of $$ worth of shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, etc., Not to mention the damage they do when they rub their velvet off their antlers. My yard has scarred trees, as do many in Craig.
And before anybody gets excited and tells me that deer were here before I was, I'll tell you that I have lived in my house for 30+ years and it has not been a problem until the last 10 years or so.
Take a look around Craig, we're not a metropolitan area - we're surrounded by thousands of acres of open land. The problem is that we've allowed the deer to become comfortable in town and they became too tame and used to people. They do not belong in town.
And for all the comments that they're not dangerous, I disagree. Deer can be very dangerous during their fall rut and when does have new fawns. They are very capable of stomping a dog to death. What do you think would happen if a child innocently approached a threatened deer?
Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy all our wildlife. It's always been a thrill to have them so close to watch, but they need to be retrained so they stay on the outskirts of town where they belong. Sadly the deer that have made downtown Craig their home, don't know anything else. They've been allowed to raise many generations in town.
Lastly, the deer I see wandering around downtown really do not look healthy. Don't know if it's all the inbreeding or their diet of flowers and shrubbery.
I'm glad the problem is finally being addressed.
I've always supported a lodging tax, what I don't support is the high rate that is proposed. I was ok with the 1.9% and would have gone along with 2.9% - but not 6.9%! Does Craig really want to be known for the highest rate in the state? People do pay attention to tax rates and do shop around - I do.
I encourage everyone to vote NO! This bill needs to be revised with a more sensible tax rate.
There were quite a few items that I felt should not be funded by lodging tax dollars, one is anything EDP related. Most of the items in the "plan" sounded more like a very extravagant wish list. A $25,000 website? Obviously not planning on using a local web designer.
The lodging tax dollars should be used to promote tourism - and that's it. Though it's been argued that a rec center could bring in or enhance tourism, it really is more for local use than anything else. It may be appropriate to funnel a small amount of the tax funds into that type of project if it includes an events center. I don't believe it should be funded solely with lodging tax dollars.
And by the way, according to the tax rate documents included in the "plan" - Craig would indeed be the highest taxed municipality in Colorado. Denver comes in with a total of 13.25% and Craig's would be 14.05%!
I did read it, all of it. Regardless of how you sugar coat this, it's still a very steep tax increase.
I agree with the Loopers 100%! I'm not opposed to a reasonable lodging tax rate - the keyword here is reasonable! 6.9% is NOT reasonable!
Our city council members and mayor did receive feedback from the local lodging industry, they chose to ignore it. Now this needs to be voted down, and they need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a more sensible plan.
Does Craig really want a reputation for having some of the highest tax rates in the state? The prevaiing idea of this being free money and it's no big deal since we are not paying for it is very distasteful to me and should be to every citizen in this town.
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