Herriman city officials to consider urban deer hunt

Posted at 5:43 PM, Aug 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-26 09:03:30-04

HERRIMAN, Utah -- Over the years Herriman City has seen a spike in the population of mule deer roaming the city.

The city's mayor said for the past several years they've been looking at options to minimize and control its deer population.

One option they are considering is using a similar program that Highland City uses. Pre-authorized hunters would harvest deer within city boundaries. That meat would then be donated to feed the hungry.

But before a decision is made, the city will hold a public hearing on Thursday.

"We don’t want to eliminate them we just want to get them to a manageable level where they can interact within our city yet insure the safety of our residents," said Herriman City Mayor Carmen Freeman.

Freeman said some residents have expressed their support to mitigate the deer population while others say killing the deer is not the solution.