Sheridan Police To Feed Residents With Deer Management Program
The Sheridan Police Department will be giving harvested deer meat to Sheridan residents as part of their annual deer management program, allowing the department to both keep the deer population down and feed the community.
The management program, which has been going on for several years now, takes place on six nights in specific parts of town.
“There are only a few places in the city we can actually harvest deer,” Sgt. Shaun Gurleman said.
The officers use suppressed ARs and put the deer in a trailer after they are done in each area. The main focus of the program is to manage deer populations. The management prevents deer deaths from starvation and car accidents while also reducing property damage.
“We all like seeing wild game in town,” Gurleman said. “You just have to keep it in check.”
The police department used to do studies on the deer populations in town, but the population often changed from night to night. Despite not knowing exact numbers, Gurleman estimates that the population is higher this year than normal.
“It seems like numbers are extremely high this winter,” Gurleman said. “It seems like a lot of them moved into town.”
The department usually harvests between 30 and 40 deer. Fifty people are already signed up for the chance to receive a deer.
“This program has become a big success ever since we started it because there are a lot of needy people in town, some of whom who are older and can’t hunt anymore and would like some wild game,” Gurleman said.
Gurleman also said that he enjoys the positive effects the program has on the community.
“It’s nice when you can give back to the residents,” Gurleman said.
If you are interested in receiving a deer, call the Sheridan Police Department at (307) 672-2413 to get on the list.