FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Management Program responds to human/wildlife conflicts on the Flathead Indian Reservation, including both rural and urban deer depredations. Conflicts between deer and humans have become a prominent wildlife management concern, especially in urban and suburban areas. In an effort to mitigate the impacts of deer conflicts and reduce complaints, the wildlife management program will be implementing an urban deer reduction program this winter within the city limits of Polson.

Typically, wildlife agencies manage wildlife populations by using hunters to control population growth. However, there are laws and ordinances that prohibit the discharge of firearms in city limits. The inability to use hunters to regulate deer populations in these areas pose a challenge to addressing urban deer conflicts. 

The wildlife management program will make full use of healthy deer carcasses resulting from these administrative takes by donating meat to Food Sovereignty Program, Elders Program, Silvia’s Store, Peoples Food Sovereignty Program, and directly to tribal members in need. 

The Wildlife Management Program is seeking landowners in urban areas surrounding Polson, Montana who wish to allow trapping of deer on their lands for removal of deer. Individuals who wish to participate in this project as a landowner, or a tribal member in need of game meat, are asked to contact Kaylie Durglo at the Tribal Wildlife Management Program at 883-2888 EXT 7284 or email kaylie.durglo@cskt.org.

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