Kindra Jazwick: Deer are not scary
To the editor:
Deer. They do not scare me, nor do they scare my children. I am scared by the plans of the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
I have questions regarding the safety and logic of the actions the DOW has suggested.
Will the archery hunters outside of town be limited only to public lands, or will they have the authority to hunt private lands? How exactly will hunting the deer outside of town fix the non-issue of deer inside town?
When trapping the deer to prepare them for slaughter, what type of traps will be used and where will the traps be placed? If they are placed on city property, will there be signs to warn the public that they could find themselves in a trap? Could there be a risk of one of my children riding their bike through an empty lot, triggering a trap and getting hurt?
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What qualifications do the so-called marksmen have? Will a curfew be implemented to prevent a person or pet from accidentally getting shot? Can they shoot the deer on my property, because I sure am not going to like finding a dead deer in my yard. I do not want traps in my yard, either.
I hope someone can answer these questions and explain to me why such drastic measures have been proposed. People need to be proactive about their own pets, flowers and property. Build fences, plant foliage that deer do not eat and train your dog not to chase or harass wildlife, or anything else for that matter.
The DOW should be called to deal with an aggressive, sick or injured deer.
Otherwise, leave the deer alone. They are welcome in my yard any time, even if they eat my flowers.
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