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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are looking for a culprit or culprits in a deer poaching case in northeast Colorado Springs.
One young buck, reported by residents south of the Sunset Mesa Open Space, was last seen with an arrow in its leg, according to a statement from CPW. Wildlife officials weren't able to capture it in time to assess the injury, the statement says.
A second deer, found near Keller Elementary School, died.
In other deer news, some city officials are looking for a way to legally reduce the deer population.
The city issued a request for proposals on Aug. 20 for deer management, which called for a plan to be submitted by Sept. 30. "The deer management program is intended to maintain deer as an asset to the community; prevent disease due to overpopulation of deer; reduce the public safety risks of deer-vehicle conflicts; and preserve and protect the land of private and public property owners," the RFP said.
The city reports that a CPW survey counted about 2,700 deer in an area west of Interstate 25, or about 70 deer per square mile. From January to November 2017, Public Works removed 306 dead deer from roads and elsewhere, and police report about 50 traffic crashes involving deer each year.
CPW estimates about 200 does per year need to be eliminated to have an impact on herds within the city limits, the city says.