Monday, July 11, 2016

Urban Deer Control Program

Provo City's Urban Deer Control Program is intended to maintain a balance between the number of deer within the city and the negative impact they create. It is estimated that 500 urban deer reside in our city. These are deer that stay in the city rather than return to the mountains. New deer that are born in the city are staying here, increasing the population.

Each year at least 150 deer are killed through impact with vehicles or by being impaled on fences. This number is based on traffic reports and requests for the carcasses to be removed. This is a public safety issue with significant property damage and is not in the best interest of the deer. Citizens requested the City Council adopt more proactive deer control measures.

The expert who has been coordinating the urban deer control programs for other Utah cities (Highland, Bountiful) made a presentation at the July 5 Council meeting. He explained Provo's urban deer problem and his recommendations for controlling the population in a humane way. He has been successful with these programs that humanely harvest some of the deer and contribute the meat to needy families.

To learn more about the proposed program and share your input with Provo City, we invite you to attend an open house on Tuesday, July 12, at 6:00 pm at Timpview High School. 

If you are unable to attend the July 12 open house and would like to submit your input on this program, an online form is available. Information from this form will be submitted to Council members before the July 19 Council meeting.

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