Helena starts deer count as part of culling program

INDEPENDENT RECORD

The city of Helena is conducting a deer population survey as part of its annual culling program. 

The deer count started Monday and will end Saturday. It is being done during the evening and night hours by the Helena Police Department’s Animal Control Division. 

“The count involves the HPD Urban Wildlife Program Coordinator and Animal Control Officer along with a volunteer, driving a pre-determined route in the City and shining spotlights to get an accurate count of the deer,” city officials said in a press release. “The survey will be done in the Urban Wildlife Dodge Truck that is clearly marked with HPD/Animal Control markings. Counting will be done in commercial and residential neighborhoods and officers will do their best to avoid shining lights into houses and businesses.”

Data collected from the survey will be sent to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists, who will determine the number of deer per square mile. 

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