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CITY DEER HERD STILL AN ISSUE 7-20-11 LMS

Deer residing within the city have once again become a topic for the Salmon City Council.

Mayor Leo Marshall suggested at the councilís July 20 meeting that an action plan from the city of Glendive, Montana be studied and a committee be formed to recommend how best to proceed. The Glendive Plan was provided by Councilman Jim Baker and was the result of in-city deer populations similar to Salmonís.

Marshall added that as step one he will ask Bret Stansberry of the local Idaho Fish and Game Department office if the department could possibly mail a survey to each city residence for the purpose of gathering public comments about the cityís deer population and preferred ways of handling it.

Whenever the subject has been raised in the past some residents adamantly wanted the deer removed and others just as adamantly liked seeing them in their yards. Marshall said that before formulating any kind of action plan it would be wise to first determine if citizens want anything done about the deer.

Jim Sustaire is one who enjoys seeing the deer in his yard. He advised everyone during one of the eveningís Public Comment periods that in his experience, motion detectors designed to scare away deer donít work.

During the councilís Roundtable Discussion Councilman Jim Kluesner mentioned a three foot deep trench that youngsters have dug near the Island Park restrooms. He said it needs to be filled and future ditch digging discouraged.

The mayor asked the cityís Parks and Recreation Committee to look at some bicycle Pump Track ideas. Marshall said he thinks thatís what the kids were trying to build and that it would be better for the city to build one.

The Parks and Recreation Committee is scheduled to meet July 26 at 4:30 PM.


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