Sunday, January 11, 2009

Deer Removal in Helena,MT

In 2007 Helena decided to trap and kill deer within city limits. Why? The deer have moved into the city. The forests are being logged and new houses built up in the highest areas possible. People are moving into the deers' home, so the deer are moving into theirs.

To deal with this influx of deer, Helena created the "Urban Wildlife Task Force" (hahaha..the name is ludicrous.) They are under the authority of Fish Wildlife & Parks. This is the 2nd year the "Task Force" has been operating. This year FWP created the Draft Environmental Assessment City of Helena Deer Reduction Program Pilot Project Phase II December 2008. Here's a snippet "Findings of the Task Force confirmed that the predominate urban wildlife problem was an overpopulation of mule deer due to the ample forage, water and general habitat condition." Wow! Look at that. The environment is suitable for deer. How many thousands $ did it take FWP to figure this one out.

Last year 50 deer were "removed". This year FWP is looking at 150.

How the deer are "removed" is by the Task Force setting traps in parks and on private land w/owners consent. The trap is hanging food. When the deer pulls on it a box trap springs up enclosing the deer, then pushes the deer down to hold them in place. Next morning the Task Force revisits the traps and puts a bullet in the deer's head. But, don't worry the meat is not wasted. It is given to Food banks and public schools for lunch. (yuck!)

1 comment:

  1. 150 kill !!...The "meat not wasted" smells of BS, not deer poo...Although I believe the bulk of this meat ought to be used within the MT, ND & Oregon prison system rather than simply at food banks and schools..."Smoked Hard Salami" made with addition of pork is excellent...I can't imagine anyone that consumes meat not liking this....Offhand, though, a 150 head deer kill seems extreme...