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SAFETY COMMITTEE FOCUSES ON DEER HERD 10-19-11 LMS

Public Safety Committee Chairman Fred Waidely briefed the October 19 Salmon City Council meeting on results of the committee’s discussion about management options for the resident deer population.

Councilman Waidely said that Brett Stansberry of the local Idaho Fish and Game Department office was a guest at the Safety Committee’s most recent meeting and that the city’s deer herd was the prime topic of discussion. Waidely said it was determined that a healthy wild deer population is important to some people of Salmon and that wildlife viewing is an esthetic value to be preserved. And, the other side of the deer debate has to do with complaints over the herd’s growing and sometimes invasive population.

Waidely said that high deer numbers and the habits of some individual animals within the city have created a situation which threatens human safety, damages property and is not conducive to the health of the deer population. He said a number of citizens have complained about the risk to human safety and have said the level of property damage has grown to unacceptable levels.

The Public Safety Committee and Stansberry agreed the next step is to accept the Fish and Game Department’s offer to conduct a city wide survey for the purpose of determining exactly how everyone feels about the herd that inhabits the city. The committee decided it will wait to offer a recommendation until the Fish and Game survey has been completed.

Comments to city officials so far show many people are adamantly in favor of leaving the roving ungulates alone and just as many residents say the herd has become a big problem and want the city to do something about it. Waidely predicted the deer herd question may end up being the topic of a town meeting. He said, “I think it’s up to the will of the people what they want to do and the direction we should go.”


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