Salida’s Urban Deer

*The City Council will discuss Salida’s urban deer population during a work session on Wednesday, February 18th at the City Council Chambers.*

A citizen deer survey was conducted in 2014 by the City of Salida.

Deer survey results and presentation here: Deer_survey_results_EK-1.

Open ended question/comment responses: Data_Q4_open_ended

The results and presentation to Council occurred at the regular Council meeting July 15, 2014.

The results of the survey will help Council decide the most appropriate action, if any, to take regarding the City’s deer population.


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For information on living with mule deer, please download this PDF information sheet: Living with mule deer handout

For information about deer resistant plants please visit CSU Extension’s info page at:

For more information about mule deer in Colorado visit this link:

Colorado Parks & Wildlife has been working with the City of Salida on the mule deer issue since the Urban Deer Task Force was formed in July 2013. On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 a Colorado Parks & Wildlife team of 6 employees spent the morning conducting a head count of deer in City limits. The count found that there were approximately 140 deer in Salida city limits at that time.


After a number of citizens expressed concern about Salida’s deer population, a resolution establishing the formation of an Urban Deer Task Force was adopted at the July 2, 2013 City Council meeting. The resolution required that the task force meet for a period of no more than 180 days to research the deer population residing within Salida city limits, after which they would provide a report on their findings to Council.

The Urban Deer Task Force was “created for a period not to exceed 180 days and for the express purpose of researching the urban deer population in the municipality and presenting to Council possible options for reduction of that population.”

The Task Force presented their findings at the City Council meeting October 15, 2013: Salida Urban Deer Task Force Findings Presentation

Council appointed the following people to the Urban Deer Task Force:

  1. Jim Elmore
  2. Jane Elmore
  3. Monica Hutson
  4. Monika Griesenbeck
  5. Susan Williams
  6. Katy Grether
  7. Jim Aragon
  8. Dale Hoffman
  9. Bob Prive