Bountiful City Deer Plan

Season three (2015-16) of urban deer trapping has come to a close.  

Since spring is right around the corner, here are some reminders on how to prevent deer damage to landscaping and gardens: 

Wild Aware Utah - wonderful website with information on more than just deer: http://wildlife.utah.gov/habitat/deer-browse.php

 DWR website with information on landscaping plants less preferred by mule deer:  http://www.wildawareutah.org/utah-wildlife-information/mule-deer/

If a deer is dead, sick, injured, or you find an orphaned fawn, call the Northern Region DWR Office in Ogden at 801.476.2740

If you have questions about the trapping program, call or email Channing Howard at 385.214.6185 or channinghoward@utah.gov.

About the Catch & Relocate Program

Bountiful City is working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) to implement a pilot program to catch and relocate mule deer. The program catches deer on select properties within City limits, then transports and relocates deer to a farther and safer location from Bountiful City limits. This pilot program will determine both the viability of deer removal within Bountiful and the cost effectiveness of the effort. A total of 211 deer were trapped and relocated during the 2014-15 season, and 265 during the 2015-16 season.  With the success of the pilot program, the City is currently working to continue the program through funding from groups and other sources.  

The feeding of deer is prohibited by law within Bountiful city limits - City Code 10-1-121; page 195. To access the City Code, click here.  Please report violation of this law to the Bountiful Police at 801.298.6000.

2015-16 Program Results

February 18, 2016 (final):  256 total deer trapped and relocated 
As of December 29, 2015:  
104 deer trapped and relocated
As of December 16, 2015:  76 deer trapped and relocated
As of December 14, 2015:  65 deer trapped and relocated

If your property is at least 1/3 of an acre, is not east of Bountiful Boulevard or on a canyon and you would like the DWR to consider trapping deer on your property, please fill out the form in the link below under the heading "City Documents".    

2014-15 Program Results 

Total deer trapped and relocated: 211

Thank you to the residents who allowed trapping on their property!

Public Participation
This program is strictly “catch and relocate.” Hunting within city limits is illegal.

The catch and relocate program is not on private property without the permission of landowners. Property owners with more than a half-acre lot may contact the City and be considered to participate by signing a release form.

After a release form is signed and submitted to Bountiful City, DWR reviews the various available properties and determine where to set up traps, based on migration patterns and other factors. Submission of a release form does not guarantee the use of all available properties during the program. Currently, there are more properties than traps available. DWR will contact property owners based upon the factors mentioned above.

How Deer Traps Work
The deer traps are simple and humane. The design is similar to a large dog kennel, with a metal-barred frame and netting that surrounds the top and sides. Food, such as apples, are placed in the traps to attract the deer. Once a deer steps into the trap, a latch is released, which drops the netting to the entrance.

During daytime hours, the traps are set open to allow deer to move in and out freely. In the evenings, DWR employees set the traps to catch the deer. Doing so allows the deer to become comfortable with the traps during daytime hours and keeps deer more calm in the trap during the nighttime hours.

City Documents

City & Citizen Efforts Brochure

Catch & Relocate Program Brochure

Printable release form (returned completed form to City Hall, 790 S 100 East)

Fillable to email release form (Open the form, download it and save it on your computer.  Fill the downloaded form out, save it and then email it to sandrus@bountifulutah.gov.  Unless you download the form, the information you type in will not save.)

 

Other Links: 

Mule Deer Issues

Landscaping information

Utah wildlife issues

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