Parks and Wildlife begin deer survey in Colorado Springs after city sees spike in population

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The amount of deer inside the city of limits of Colorado Springs is too high and is considered an unhealthy population, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

On Monday, the agency began a survey to find how many deer are in what parts of the city. This approximate count was done because the City of Colorado Springs requested this kind of data.

“If you ask anybody, there’s a lot of deer in Colorado Springs. They’re everywhere and anywhere,” said Corey Adler, a district manager for CPW.

Previous counts by CPW on the west side of Colorado Springs, one last year and another in 2004, showed that buck per doe and fawn per doe populations were significantly higher than what wildland deer populations have been counted at. This year is the first time the urban deer population will be counted on the east side of Interstate 25.

“We really need a better way to manage this herd and this population,” said Adler.

Crews with CPW scoured seven districts on the west side of I-25 and twelve districts on the east side to create a baseline data set of the deer in the city limits and create a management recommendation based off of that data.

“In the Springs, it’s pretty much decrease the population,” said Adler. “There’s a lot.”

After Monday’s survey, biologists with CPW will compile the data and create management recommendations in the next couple of weeks.

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