Helena plans to cull 200 urban deer at the end of November
Deer are a part Montana's landscape, but the populations have grown to a point that causes safety issues.
Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith tells us what the city of Helena is doing to help combat this problem. Starting November 21st, the city of Helena plans to remove 200 urban deer.
Ron Aasheim of MT Fish Wildlife and Parks, says, “This whole effort started in 2003 when the Legislature passed a law that said cities could implement plans to manage wild life within city limits if there was a public safety issue.”
Urban deer are everywhere, the roads, at home and even at school. Many residents have had incidents with deer, including Connor Lampeind. He says one tore apart his back yard.
Smith says, “I have spoken with several residents who say it takes a lot of time and money to set up a protective fence like this one, but in the end they say it is worth it to protect their property.”
FWP Chief Communications Officer Ron Aasheim says the problem fight against deer is ongoing because the city offers the animals a perfect place to live. The city will being removing the urban deer November 21st and will continue its effort until April 1st.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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