In recent years the Town of Elizabeth has fielded an increase in concerns from Town residents related to conflicts with the local deer population. These conflicts have ranged from damage to personal property to safety issues associated with vehicle accidents. Initial discussions with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) included investigation of education and non-lethal mitigation techniques. From those early conversations the issue of unlawful deer feeding was identified and the Town adopted an ordinance to address it due to the State’s limited fine structure. As conflicts continued, the Town further explored the viability of management techniques for managing a deer herd. Among the topics reviewed were trap and transplant, sterilization, education, and various means of lethal control. Considering the goals of the Town, the cost / benefit of the different techniques, and the practicality of each option available the Town has continued to explore the option of lethal control. On July 8th, 2014 the Town of Elizabeth Board of Trustees approved a proposal to implement a Deer Management Plan that includes an urban bow hunting component, in addition to ongoing education and deer mitigation efforts. The documents linked below explain in detail the analysis that went into developing the Deer Management Plan, and an application to apply for participation in the urban bow hunting component of the Deer Management Plan.
Completed applications must be returned to the Town of Elizabeth by 5:00 pm July 30, 2018 to be considered. Return completed applications to:firstname.lastname@example.org