Oh, deer: complaint logged about nightly feedings in Park City
December 19, 2014
The Park City Police Department recently fielded a complaint from someone in the Aerie that a person in the neighborhood feeds wildlife nightly.
The police received the complaint at a little bit after 5 p.m. on Dec. 11. Police logs indicated the person who contacted the department said a neighbor feeds the deer each night. The person told the police the feedings have drawn onlookers, causing traffic jams as people drive to the scene to watch. The person told the police vehicle headlights shine into the caller’s house, according to logs.
Rick Ryan, a police captain, said it appears the person is feeding the deer unspecified vegetables. He said the person who contacted the police said the feedings have been happening for years.
"It must be enough to grab attention of passers-by," Ryan said about the number of deer that gather.
Ryan said feeding wildlife is not against the law and no further police action was taken. It is the first such incident he could recall during his 29 years with the Police Department.
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"She has a right to do it. She enjoys doing it," he said.
The Police Department contacted the state Division of Wildlife Resources. Lucas McTaggart, the division’s conservation officer in the district that includes Park City, said feeding wildlife is not smart.
"We encourage people not to do it. It’s bad. It’s bad for the deer," he said.
McTaggart said disease could spread through the deer population if they congregate like they do in the Aerie and a concentrated group of deer could attract predators like mountain lions. The predators could pose a danger to public safety, he said.
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