Oppose Urban Deer Killing in Helena, Montana
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

In Defense of Animals (IDA)
December 2013

ACTION

Tell Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), the City of Helena, and the Police Department of Helena that you strongly oppose killing urban deer and then follow up with a call. Please urge them to immediately end the killing of Helena’s ungulates and to use fertility control instead.

One of the best examples to show how fertility control reduces deer reproduction is the fact that a 60% reduction of free-roaming deer occurred on Fire Island National Seashore between 1995 and 2005. According to Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, one of the leading experts in fertility control research, “Fertility Control works—and it works well!”

Sign an online petition

Or better yet, call:

Wildlife Management Section Chief, George Pauley
phone (406) 444-3940

Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission
phone (406) 444-2612

Jim Smith, Mayor of Helena, MT
phone (406) 447-8000

Helena Police Department
phone (406) 447-8479

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Since 2008, at least 670 urban deer have been killed by Helena’s Police department, and 130 more deer are slated to be killed in 2013-14. Helena’s killing program costs about $15,000 per year, and causes pain, suffering and cruel death to deer families by trapping and the use of bolt guns.

In its own brochure, Living with Deer, Montana's state wildlife agency, Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) states that "the best solution may be a greater understanding and tolerance of deer." Why does FWP not adhere to its own recommendations? FWP and the city of Helena choose killing over a much better, humane and sustainable life-confirming method of fertility control – why?

At least 6.5 million deer were killed by hunters in 2011 nationwide, nearly 82,000 deer in Montana alone. State wildlife agencies, who work for hunters, have been producing deer as living targets for decades causing deer numbers to rise from a historic 500,000 to a staggering 20-30 million across the nation. Hunting increases reproduction in surviving deer, in fact this is the very premise for growing deer for the guns, and bows and arrows: Manage deer at half of its carrying capacity, and achieve the greatest number of "surplus" animals.

Killing deer increases reproduction--wildlife fertility control decreases reproduction.

One of the best examples to show how fertility control reduces deer reproduction is the fact that a 60% reduction of free-roaming deer occurred on Fire Island National Seashore between 1995 and 2005. According to Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, one of the leading experts in fertility control research, “Fertility Control works—and it works well!”

SAMPLE LETTER:

In FWP's own brochure, Living with Deer, your agency states that "the best solution may be a greater understanding and tolerance of deer." Why then, do you not adhere to your own recommendations? FWP and the City of Helena choose killing deer over much more effective, humane and sustainable non-lethal methods, including fertility control why?

A minimum of 6.5 million deer were killed by hunters in 2011 nationwide, nearly 82,000 deer in Montana alone. Hunters, and the state wildlife agencies who work for them, have been producing deer as targets for the guns for decades causing deer numbers to rise from a historic 500,000 to a staggering 20-30 million across the nation. You know better than anyone else that hunting increases reproduction in surviving deer; in fact, this is the very premise for growing deer for the guns and bows and arrows: Manage deer at half of its carrying capacity, and achieve the greatest number of "surplus" animals.

And while state wildlife agencies excel in growing deer, fertility control excels in actually reducing deer reproduction, which is the main issue at hand in an urban setting such as Helena. One of the leading experts in wildlife fertility control, Dr. Kirkpatrick with the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, is right in your backyard.

One of the best examples showing how fertility control reduces deer reproduction is the fact that a 60% reduction of free-roaming deer occurred on Fire Island National Seashore between 1995 and 2005. According to Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, "Fertility Control works--and it works well!"

I ask you to immediately end the killing of Helena's deer, and to use fertility control instead. Dr. Kirkpatrick can be contacted at jkirkpatrick@montana.net or at (406) (406) 652-9718.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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