Posted: Sep 19, 2013 10:23 AM by MTN News
HELENA - Don't be alarmed if you see the glare of spotlights in your yards, late at night.
That's what Helena residents are being told by the city's police department. It's all in an effort to count the deer population in Helena.
The Capital City has a history of a troublesome deer population within city limits. The city began to manage the deer population back in 2003 and is now planning to count their urban deer population soon.
Next week, the Helena Police Department will begin its annual deer count.
The counts will be conducted on the following dates: September 25th, 26th, 29th; October 3rd, 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th.
The survey will be conducted between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Officers will be using a blue Jeep Liberty on loan from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; the Jeep has FWP license plates and a magnetic sign on each door with a Helena Police Department logo.
They will be using a spotlight to assist their efforts in locating deer.
If a citizen notices a suspicious vehicle or someone spotlighting in their area they can call the non emergency number, 442-3233, at Police Dispatch to determine if it is officers counting deer.
The Department has a set route that they have used over the last few years to conduct the count and will be using that same route this year.
The count numbers will be turned over to FWP, and they will come up with an approximate number of deer in the City.
FWP will then give the city advice on whether any deer need to be removed in order to attain approximately 25 deer per square mile as recommended in the Urban Deer Plan that was approved by the City Commission several years ago.
If anyone is having problems with deer in their area and want a deer trap at a future date, call 447-8479.