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DEER SURVEY 1-18-12 LMS

The main topic during the January 17 meeting of the city’s Public Safety Committee meeting was the city’s resident deer population.

In his January 18 committee report to the Salmon City Council Councilman Fred Waidely said Regional Supervisor Steve Schmidt along with Regional Wildlife Biologist Tom Keegan and Landowner/Sportsman Coordinator Brett Stansberry from the local Idaho Department of Fish and Game Department office attended the committee meeting to discuss the deer that roam freely throughout the city. They confirmed first that the animals are Mule Deer not Whitetail Deer. The two species have distinctly different habits.

Stansberry presented the committee with a copy of a draft, public opinion survey regarding the deer.

Waidely gave the draft to council members for their review and suggested it be discussed after everyone had a chance to read it. He said the survey could be used by the council to collect public input and to determine what, if any, actions should be taken. The search for alternative solutions continues.

Mayor Leo Marshall suggested council members should take the survey themselves and that the committee should trim it down in length. Councilman Ken Hill said Stansberry is going to do more work on the survey to shorten and simplify it.

Waidely asked the council to review the public opinion survey and report their comments to the Public Safety Committee team.

In addition to the Fish and Game Department representatives and Councilman Waidely, the committee meeting was attended by Mayor Marshall, council members Ken Hill and Jessie Bender and Salmon City Police Chief K.V. Felker.


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