MISSOULA — They trample flower gardens.
HELENA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking authorization to trap and kill up to 130 deer in the Helena city limits next year.
The management of wild horse herds and flourishing urban deer populations is so politically charged that science often gets pushed aside, said Jay Kirkpatrick, of the Billings-based Science and Conservation Center.
Urban deer hunts are allowed in Glendive, Colstrip and Fort Benton. Deer in Helena are removed by local authorities after the animals are trapped.
One of Missoula’s urban deer feasts on mountain ash berries in a backyard of a Lewis and Clark neighborhood home in September.
Urban deer in Missoula, consider yourselves on notice.
HELENA — Helena officials are expected to ask the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission for permission to reduce the city's deer population by 200 animals this winter.
CODY, Wyo. — The city's Urban Deer Task Force held its second public meeting Tuesday night, looking to weigh opinion on whether this city of 9,000 people has a deer problem.
HELENA - Helena authorities said Monday an effort to reduce the city's deer population has been an overwhelming success.