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Deadly Deer: The problem of overpopulation

Deadly Deer The problem of...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Deer are a part of our everyday lives in southern Colorado. They're in our yards, in parking lots, and on the roads.

The population has been booming. And that's causing concern among city and state officials.

There are at least 20 deer per square mile in Colorado Springs. That's more than 3,000 deer just within city limits.

Frank McGee with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the recent overpopulation is a hazard to our safety.

"The public is at risk because of the number of deer in town," McGee said. 

These deer have caused 12,000 car crashes in the state, and more than 1,000 in Colorado Springs alone.  That equals about three deer hit per day.

"Sometimes, the crashes only cause property damage, but sometimes they cause injury or even death," McGee said.

The average cost of repairs after hitting a deer is around $4,000, but that's nothing compared to the cost of losing a life.

More than 200 people will die in deer vs. car crashes this year.

The risks on the road have city, state and federal officials meeting for the first time at a "Wildlife and Transportation Summit."

The focus of the summit is to have a collaborative effort at finding solutions to keep the roadways safe.

"No one is talking about eliminating the deer," McGee said. "But we have shown that if we can reduce the population, we can improve public safety."

City Council President Richard Skorman agrees the overpopulation is an issue.

"You might not think it's a problem until you hit one, but this is a safety concern," he said.

City and state leaders are looking at what other communities have done to find a good solution for southern Colorado.

"We could try birth control. We could try moving the deer. We could hire someone to cull the herd. We could do urban hunts," McGee said.

For more on the possible solutions, tune in to KRDO Newschannel 13 at 5 p.m. & 10 p.m. on Tuesday for part two of "Deadly Deer."


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