Deer Mitigation Begins This Week

photo credit: Wyoming Game and Fish Department
photo credit: Wyoming Game and Fish Department

The Buffalo Police Department wants residents to be aware that the annual deer mitigation will begin this week and continue through the end of December or until 60 deer have been harvested.

Police Chief Jason Carder said the city has permits for 75 deer but his department has budgeted for 60 to be harvested. Testing and processing costs are borne by the city.

The Wyoming Game and Fish has designated Chapter 56 permits the City of Buffalo applied for and received. Police personnel will harvest the deer from various locations around Buffalo.

Carder explains how and where the officers will be harvesting deer.

The program began in 2009 due to complaints of high concentrations of deer, overgrazing of some areas, collisions with vehicles and deer attacking pets and people.

Once the deer are harvested, they are tested for Chronic Wasting Disease and taken to local meat plants to be processed. The meat is then donated to the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Buffalo.

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