“Feed the deer spice” was one facetious remark from an attendee at Sheridan City Council's meeting Monday night. The comment was referring to two of the big issues on the table at the meeting. One had to do with controlling the growing deer population within Sheridan city limits. While a number of folks spoke in support of an proposed ordinance dubbed the “deer reduction plan,” John Fafoutakis was not one of them:
The proposed deer reduction plan would make it “illegal to provide supplemental feed to wild animals and fowl,” with a $45 fine for the first offense and a $90 fine for the second offense within a year period. The ordinance would also continue and increase the bow hunting program, and also allow designated “snipers” to “lethally remove deer.” These deer would be given to food donation entities, though the city would pay for the processing and testing of the meat. Another resident spoke against using tax dollars for this program. However, many other residents were strongly in favor of the “deer reduction plan,” saying deer had ruined their landscaping. It was also brought up that car accidents due to the increased deer population costs more than it would for processing the deer meat for donation. It was reported that in 2009, there were 41 car commissions within Sheridan city limits, and that it would cost approximately $100 to process “harvested” deer.
The “Deer Reduction Action Plan” passed on first reading. The Council also unanimously voted “yay” on the first reading for an ordinance that would ban a currently legal drug called “spice.” Because “spice,” which is essentially a synthetic form of marijuana, reportedly causes side effects such as “extreme anxiety and seizures,” and has also resulted in local hospitalizations, someone suggested a better way to control the deer population would be to give them “spice.”
The Council, however, did not consider this proposal.