Comments Sought on Fort Benton, Montana Deer Plan
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on Fort Benton’s proposed deer management plan developed in response to a growing urban deer population. The plan was tentatively approved Oct. 13 by the FWP Commission.
To address deer numbers within Fort Benton city limits that present an increased risk to human safety and property damage, the city and FWP have developed a plan modeled after current efforts in use in Glendive, Colstrip and Ekalaka.
The plan has a process that allows a resident to report a deer-human conflict so that a city police officer can dispatch the deer. Due to lack of open space within the city limits, public hunting is not a viable option.
Also the plan calls for involving the public to identify resident deer that have become a problem so removal is specific to problem deer.
Copies of the plan are available for review on the Region 4 link of the FWP web site: www.fwp.mt.gov, or at the FWP office in Great Falls, (406) 454-5840.
Send comments to: Gary Bertellotti, FWP R4 Supervisor, 4600 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls, MT 59406; or GBertellotti@mt.gov. Comments will be accepted Oct. 17 to Oct. 31.