Helena’s Deer: Safe to Live Another Day

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The debate about Helena’s deer problem is sure to continue, following today’s vote by the state’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks department to not allow the city of Helena to begin using sharpshooters to cull the local deer population.

Personally, I applaud the decision. Despite a few well-publicized incidents, I find it hard to believe that aggressive deer are all that problematic. I suspect that many more people visit hospitals and animals visit veterinarians as a result of interaction with dogs than the deer.

Commissioner Victor Workman made a lot of sense:

“I see a people problem rather than problem deer,” Commissioner Victor Workman said. “Outside of an aggressive deer … I think we ought to leave the darn things alone.”

Indeed.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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