DRAPER, Utah (News4Utah) – Draper’s city council voted Tuesday night to move forward with a plan to allow some deer hunting in city limits — in an effort to help manage a population that some say is damaging property and even causing traffic accidents.
During a lengthy public comment period, some residents complained about deer that damaged their plants or crops. Some people said that concerned citizens should just build fences if they’re worried about deer.
But it was Draper’s police chief who gave the longest presentation — saying that there is already $10,000 budgeted for deer removal. Saying “we need to do something” — and asking the city council for the power to help in certain circumstances where deer have become problematic.
“This is not a city-wide hunt,” he said.
The council voted to approve the city’s Urban Deer Control Plan, which is a step toward receiving a Certificate of Registration from the state’s Department of Wildlife Resources. The archers the city plans to hire have done similar work for 10 other cities, according to chief John Eining.
In Draper’s case, he says the meat will be immediately donated. And the hunting would be allowed from August to December.