Kerry Moe: Avoiding a ‘nightmare’ |

Kerry Moe: Avoiding a ‘nightmare’

To the editor:

Please, let us not be a negative news story and potentially harm the positive tourism image our area has.

Killing one of our area’s main attractions within the city limits could turn out to be a public relations nightmare.

Overlooking comments from outside organizations regarding how we resolve our deer issue could possibly have negative and long-lasting repercussions.

While I disagree with many of the tactics that PETA and the ACLU employ, we should not forget they are organizations with vast outreach and resources that can bring the wrong kind of publicity to any area to further the agendas of their own organizations.

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We do not want to be known as the city of Craig killing fields.

I choose to live in Craig because of the wonderful people, the friends and neighbors, as well as our abundant beauty and wildlife.

I do not wish to live in fear because of bullets and arrows whizzing by my windows, or ricocheting off my neighbor’s house, from drive-by shootings, in order to destroy a four-legged creature in my yard.

I have made a tremendous and loving investment in this community with my business. A good part of that investment is in the landscaping around my hotel.

Do I worry about losing my landscaping? Absolutely not. I researched and planted appropriately for our area with emphasis placed on our climate, our altitude and our wildlife.

Please, a little effort will go a long way in curtailing the challenges some of us may be experiencing with the wildlife.

Some alternate simple solutions:

• Plant appropriately for our area.

• Build a fence where needed.

• Spray deer repellant often where needed.

• Stop feeding the deer.

• Deal with sick or aggressive deer as needed.

• Live in harmony with your surroundings.

Please, let us proceed carefully and cautiously regarding our deer.

Let’s do the research necessary to come to a viable solution for all involved. Surely we cannot be the only community in the country that has experienced wildlife within our city limits.

Have we explored what successes have been achieved, and what failures have been realized in these circumstances?

Please, do not destroy what makes part of this community so special.

Please do not turn one of our greatest assets into a liability.

Kerry Moe

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