Helena wants increase in deer culling quota

Helena, Mont. (AP) – Helena’s city manager said Tuesday he would
like to see an increase in the number of mule deer the city can
kill this winter.

Ron Alles said he would not formally request an increase to the
150-deer limit tentatively approved in August by state Fish,
Wildlife and Parks commissioners. But he would note during the
commissioners’ meeting Thursday that the city’s original Urban
Wildlife Task Force agreed deer numbers should be cut to 25 per
square mile, which would require culling about 245 of the animals
this winter.

Meat from the deer is donated to a Helena food bank.

Police officers killed 200 deer last winter in a pair of pilot
projects after some residents complained about property damage,
traffic obstruction and risk to people and pets. A recent census
put the animals’ population at about 520.

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