This year, the Buffalo Police Department will again be harvesting deer in the city limits to help reduce numbers in the city, to reduce damage caused by the animals and to help stock the local food pantry.
Sergeant Jason Carder, Acting Police Chief, said this year's harvest will be different than in years past because all of the meat harvested will be donated to the Bread of Life Food Pantry. Deer carcasses were made available to the general public in previous years for a small fee, but that won't be the case this year, he said.
The harvesting program is a joint effort between the police department and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, who allows this type of harvesting in a number of municipalities, including Buffalo and Sheridan.
Carder tells us more about Buffalo's program.
The City of Buffalo will be paying for the carcasses to be processed, and they have allocated money enough for 65 to be done, Carder said.
The harvesting will be done on the outer areas of the city where there is less dense housing and more open space. No harvesting will be taking place in highly-populated areas, and as Carder said, the police department will have plenty of signage in the areas as they are harvesting deer.
For more information, contact the Criminal Justice Center at 684-5581.