Deer population meeting draws crowd

IRON RIVER—The Iron River City Council Chambers was filled to capacity on Sept. 25 for a town hall meeting to discuss a perceived increase in the local deer population over the course of this year.
    City Manager David Thayer, who directed the meeting and took questions from the participants, opened the proceedings by reporting that the city had received a high volume of reports concerning the number of deer in and around the city this year. During the meeting itself, at least one resident reported that the local deer population was dense enough to have caused some accidents with careful drivers going the speed limit. Thayer mentioned he had seen more deer than he normally does within town, including in some unexpected locations like the Krist parking lot.
    With roughly two dozen people attending, including homemakers, hunters and off-duty council members, a wide variety of views were presented on how to tackle the issue. Thayer said he was very pleased that so many had come to discuss the situation.
    Also in attendance was local DNR biologist Monica Joseph, who extensively discussed Comprehensive Deer Management Bow Hunt, or DMH, programs. These hunting programs are one method to help control the deer population in a given area. In the recent past, Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway have used these hunts to cull deer to varying degrees of aggressiveness depending on the community in question.

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