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Provo considers killing or relocating deer to tackle growing population troubles, Deseret News, July 9, 2016Carcasses decaying on the side of the road. Thousands of dollars in vehicle damage. Destroyed garden beds. Potential dangers to pets and children. While some may enjoy the occasional intracity sighting of Utah’s most common hooved wildlife, the urban mule deer has become a top public safety concern of Provo leaders.

Some Holladay residents ask city to control deer population, Deseret News, Jan 12, 2016 Some Holladay residents say they’re tired of what they perceive as a growing number of deer in their community, and they want the city to implement a plan to control the population.

“Few years ago, we’d see one once in a while. But now, there are just many more,” said Liz Neily, a resident of Holladay. “People talk often about the deer coming down, and they are all born here now.”

Public hearing on deer set for Nov. 17, Davis Clipper, Nov 12, 2015Staff members are currently in the process of finalizing the details of the proposed plan, which would involve baiting, trapping and euthanizing deer living within the city limits. The Centerville City Council will hold a public hearing on the plan during their Nov. 17 meeting, seeking residents’ input before final approval of the plan.

DWR to work with cities in controlling deer populations, Cache Valley.com, Aug 17, 2015 Cities across Utah, including several in Cache Valley, could be receiving help from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) in controlling urban deer populations in the near future because of a new ruling.

The ruling, which took effect August 15, will allow the DWR to work individually with cities in the state to create and implement plans to control deer populations. According to Phil Douglass, the DWR northern region outreach manager, each participating city will be able to create a plan based on its individual needs and public input.

The ruling came after a pilot program was implemented in both Bountiful and Highland and was successful in removing large amounts of deer from within the cities. Both cities used different methods to remove the deer. Bountiful used a non-lethal trap and release program while Highland used certified volunteer archers to lethally hunt the deer within city limits.

DWR happy with Highland deer management program, Herald Media, April 22, 2015Approval by the Utah Wildlife Board members would allow other cities to begin the qualification process for using the Urban Deer Management Program and enable Highland to continue its program on a maintenance level.

Division of Wildlife Resources Regional Wildlife Manager Covy Jones did not hold back his praise for the Highland pilot program. “Highland went great,” Jones said. “We had two years without any incidents; no one ever got hurt; no deer got away.”

Alpine considers pros and cons of urban deer management plan, Heraldextra.com, Sept 7, 2014“We are trying to learn all we can about the population of the deer,” Watkins said. “It’s kind of a 2-3 month learning process and then we’ll try to make some decisions of following some of the other cities or else coming up with our own program.
After discussion and consideration of the first-year results, Highland City Council members have decided to see the urban deer management pilot program through its second and final year, although they have decided to provide more education and communication for the city’s residents about the program.

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