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Dalton Gardens deer survey mailed

City asks citizens if animals are a nuisance or an attraction

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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:12 am, Wed May 8, 2013.

DALTON GARDENS - The city of Dalton Gardens wants to know what its residents think about deer.

A survey was sent out last week to all 832 households, and included questions like, "Have you noticed an increase in the number of deer in Dalton Gardens in the last three years?"

Or, "Have you or anyone you know had a deer-vehicle collision in Dalton Gardens?"

In a letter that accompanied the survey, Mayor Dan Franklin said, "While this survey is voluntary, your input is valuable to our decision-making process and we encourage you to return it to City Hall."

The survey asks if residents believe deer are causing damage to crops, gardens and landscaping; if they are spreading noxious weeds and diseases to humans and livestock; and if they are attracting predators.

It also asks if deer add something positive to the community, such as being enjoyable to watch; are an important part of the wildlife community; and if they are "being forced from Canfield Mountain and other areas and now are our responsibility to care for them."

The city also asks if residents are feeding them.

Franklin said results from the survey will be used in conjunction with data collected by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game about deer populations to help guide future decisions relating to the animal in the city.

The deer population is a long-standing issue in Dalton Gardens. The homes, which typically sit on one-acre parcels, have ample gardens, trees and lawns.

Earlier this year a poacher or poachers shot and killed eight deer in the city, including three does carrying fawns.

Households divided on the issue can request additional surveys.

"We value your privacy, and with that in mind your name or address will not be on the survey," Franklin said. "Your privacy will be protected to the maximum extent allowable by law."

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8 comments:

  • kimknerl posted at 9:03 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    Who is defined as the pest is relevant to one's point of view.

     
  • kimknerl posted at 9:01 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    We continue to build and invade their space, then snivel when the deer share our space. Either adapt to the wild or move to the big city and shut up!

     
  • kimknerl posted at 8:59 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    Agreed!

     
  • Xacto11 posted at 4:34 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Xacto11 Posts: 19

    The city of Dalton Gardens wants to know what its residents think about deer, but do they bother to survey the deer as to what they think about the residents? Or the reintroduction of gray wolves? No, of course not. We don't even allow them to have mailboxes or internet access. We need to face up to the fact that this area is filled with rabid antideerites

     
  • dasher posted at 10:10 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    dasher Posts: 161

    How about those of us a block or two south of Dalton Ave. My neighbors have been known to leave apples for the things. Or downtown CDA...the folks up on Stanley Hill feed the things all the time.
    "Oh they are so sweet and we just took over their land."
    Whatever! My grandmothers house was built in 1919 and there wasn't deer on the property until about 8 years ago. This is on 16th st just south of Garden. They barley move when I go into the back yard.
    There are piles of their droppings all over where kids play in their yards, veggies and other plants being razed all winter long...and near misses all the time w/ vehicles. They are not pets, but tick infested hooved rats.
    People need to stop feeding these things and work to scare them back into the woods.

     
  • ricksnidaho posted at 8:04 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    ricksnidaho Posts: 35

    Where are all of these little critters during deer season up behind Twin Lakes and Spirit Lake??? LOL

     
  • voxpop posted at 5:49 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Hey! Don't forget about us south of Cda! We have just as many brown rats as anyone. It's time to treat these cretins as the pests they are.

     
  • Why Not posted at 5:34 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Why Not Posts: 4133

    What a novel idea, asking all the residents what they think about this infestation of yard rats. Hayden and Hayden Lake how about it? Let’s see that survey too.

     
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