Helena Police to Start Killing Deer in City

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Helena police will begin killing mule deer in the city limits next week.

Police Chief Troy McGee told city commissioners Monday that he expects officers to reach their quota of 50 deer by the end of October.

The pilot project is part of an effort to control the city’s growing population of mule deer. The plan was approved by the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.

McGee says the project will begin on private land on the city’s southeast side. Deer will be trapped and then killed with a bolt gun, which does not fire a projectile. Any fawns that are trapped will be released.

Meat from the deer will be processed by Helena Food Share and distributed to clients.

An estimated 700 deer live in the Helena city limits.