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By Parker Heinlein
Outdoors columnist 

Dealing with urban deer


August 8, 2018

It often happens that when you solve one problem you create another.

Cities and towns all across Montana are struggling to deal with a growing urban deer population. The issue was brought up last week at a city council meeting in Malta when a resident complained deer had moved into her mother’s carport, and were eating the flowers in her yard.

“Something needs to be done,” mayor John Demarais said. “I just don’t know what.”

People in town have even begun shooting the deer with paintball guns.

“If you see painted deer, that’s why,” Demarais said.

Urban deer are a relatively...

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