The Sheridan Police Department reports as of the end of last week, 69 deer have been harvested by police officers as part of a population control program designed to improve citizen safety within city limits. For the past few years, the PD gets permission to harvest deer that encroach into town. This year's limit is 100. Police Lt. Chris Dhamke says the program started a few years ago for several reasons.
Police officers use rifles to kill the deer in areas of Sheridan where shooting poses minimal safety risks. Dhamke said this year, a lot of efforts have been taken to thin the herd usually spotted near the hospital on Highland Avenue and 5th street.
Private citizens can contribute to deer population control in town via bow hunting in designated areas. Those interested in filling their deer tags while enhancing public safety can get more information from the Game and Fish office.