Deer take Republic residents under siege

Deer take Republic residents under siege

There are 15 comments on the KXLY-TV Spokane story from Jul 14, 2009, titled Deer take Republic residents under siege. In it, KXLY-TV Spokane reports that:

The Ferry County seat of Republic is being overrun by deer and it's got residents contemplating some drastic measures to get the unwelcome guests out of town.

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Deer in Repulic

United States

#1 Jul 23, 2009
I live near Republic, Wa. and I personally love seeing the deer wander around town. People call them the Town Deer...It is no worse living in Republic then living out of Repulic, if we dont want them in our space then we need to fence them out just like any one in Ferry County. Maybe another alternative is that we should consider why we live here, on their turf and if we don't like it move elsewhere. Afer all this is in the mountains and people keep intruding on the natural habitat for many wildlife species. If we are going to live here then we need to respect them and teach our children to respect them. Not chase them, throw things or sick a dog on them! They are God's creation too-and everything he made is good...I dont know why Republic hasn't taken advantage of the fact the we have deer in or town to draw tourist and money. What about deer island in the Florida Keys!!! and they make money from it. Keep our town alive and authentic to go with the theme of Republic. "Come visit the town of Republic" "With the feel of the old west, a victorian mining town, dig for fossils, Music Fests, trailrides, fishing, canoeing, swimming and camping, or whatever suits your fancy and the "TOWN DEER WILL GREET YOU."
Sick of Deer

Tonasket, WA

#2 Jul 24, 2009
you live near town... that's not the same as living IN town. The town 'herd' is a problem. Do you find it enjoyable to have 20 deer in your yard eating your expensive flowers, trees, and shrubs? DO you like deer droppings covering your sidewalk and yard? How about shooing deer out of your drive way just so you can take the trash out or get into your car? Do you like all the lovely 'deer' fencing everyone has put up to deal with them? Everyone is living boxed in yards and homes because the deer are a BIG PROBLEM. Ever consider that? I lived in town for 23 yrs and the last three yrs in town were awful. It doesn't help when you have neighbors feeding them white bread.. Does that sound like the natural diet of a mule deer? Don't think so. People should know it's just plain stupid.

The next time you are actually in town.. get a good look at the deer. THey are sick, they are beat up and broken from traffic, and all it takes is one pissed off buck or doe and someone else's dog is killed or worse, a child.
Deer in Repulic

United States

#3 Jul 25, 2009
I lived in town for 6 yrs before I moved to the country and I have had more than 20 deer in my yard, and yes they have ate my pretty flowers, trees and shrubs,that I had to hand carry water to and baby to keep alive because we didnt have a well for a while. And yes they did eat my lettuce and raspberry bushes, but...I didnt have a fence up!!! My responsibility! The free range cattle and neighbors horse and dogs have been in my yard and ate things too. It's our responsibility to fence them out and if we don't, suffer the for the deer droppings they make good fertilizer, and as far as shooing them out of my drive way? When I visit my daughter who lives in town, I have never had to shoo them away, they just leave. I am more concerned about shooing away the neighbors dogs who come over and leave there signs behind. And I have seem some pretty nice fences in town, that people have put up, to keep deer out. I cannot control what they look like, thats up to the people and is the same in the country. If you feel boxed in your home or yard then its up to you to do something about that!! Everyone?? Maybe you need to consider that? I have lived in Republic and outskirts for many years, came here in 1978. And I agree, feeding them white bread is not a good idea let alone healthy for them. But it is pretty hard I would think, for a mule deer or white tail deer to know the difference between eating from an apple tree along side the road verses one in someones open yard.
As far as a buck or doe being pissed off: and the safty of pets or children, I have seen dogs attack fawns and children throw rocks at them.
We need to be more concerned for our childrens sakes, about the wild drinking parties next door, crystal meth labs down the street, and perverts moving back in Ferry County causing deaths!!!
And as far as being in Republic, I am there many days out of the week taking care of my grand children so my daughter can work and go to college. And I still love the "Town Deer". We teach our children that they suffer the consquences of their actions: "Its no different for Adults" Why should we be exempt?
I Agree

Wenatchee, WA

#4 Oct 26, 2009
I live in town and have for close to 25 yrs. Raised my kids here .I feed the deer and have no problems with them.I have dogs and haven't had a problem with them co-existing. My yard is very nice,I have flowers that I end up sharing with the deer but I don't mind to me it comes with living here in this little mountain town! I think as the post-er before me isn't there a whole lot of other things that need to be a priority? Just so nice to be able to say " yes kiddos we are going to sit here and wait for the deer to cross"! LOL

Spokane, WA

#5 Oct 11, 2011
i am from republic and i am going back when my son is better and i have no problem living with the deer i miss the deer actually especially the fawn and the deer arent the problem we are we are invading their territory not them

Omak, WA

#6 Oct 22, 2011
The deer are nothing more than hoofed, antlered rats that come into town because some of the morons here feed them instead of chasing them off. I wish these same morons would come and pick up the trash after they make a mess tearing up peoples trash cans searching for more food.

The deer are wild, need to live in the wild and forage their food in the wild.

The whole "we are invading their territory" argument is hogwash. There has to be less the 5% of Ferry county that is "urbanized" leaving 95%+ percent available for the deer to live their lives as they have for 1000's of years.

It's the bad habits of some people that have turned them into what they are.

Oh and consider this...when the deer population gets bad enough, the city/county will just do what they have in the past. Round them up and ship them down to the reservation, where the natives are waiting with rifles to shoot them as they walk off the truck (I know this happens because I have talked to some of the Native Americans who do this).

So all you folks that "like" the deer and want to see more of should feel GUILTY about promoting the very thing that insures their deaths.
dakota vigus

Seattle, WA

#7 Nov 12, 2011
Whitetailed and Mule deer were here first you idiots move to seattle

Omak, WA

#8 Nov 12, 2011
Does anyone know who the guy who shot himself in the shoulder Friday morning was? I believe it happened on Church Street in Curlew.

Omak, WA

#9 Nov 14, 2011
"Whitetailed and Mule deer were here first you idiots move to seattle"

The trees, plant life and insects were here before the deer. Kill the deer for killing them. Do you see where this idiotic line of thinking leads?

What about the deer that used to live in the Seattle area. I guess the death of those are OK, since YOU live there. Hypocrite!
Paisley Rain

Seattle, WA

#10 Nov 16, 2011
A lot of places around Seattle have deer that roam through town as well. Most people don't complain, they mostly wonder why the deer are leaving the wood. Probably because people won't stop cutting down trees and, yes I will say it, "Invading their space"!

Omak, WA

#11 Nov 20, 2011 have already invaded their space. Or at least the developer who built the housing you live in did. Why are you still living there? Why did you buy your home there...IT DISPLACED DEER!

What gives you or anyone else the right to say (or imply) that it is OK for you to live in Seattle, displacing the deer that used to live there, and not someone else who wants to move, work or earn a living in the area?

That is an utterly selfish and self centered attitude.

The deer are leaving the woods and coming into town for easy meals. Not because they have less trees out there. I mean come on, are you saying there are more trees in town than out in the woods???
Deer in Republic

United States

#12 Nov 20, 2011
At least Paisley is not complaining about the deer...where she lives.

Vashon, WA

#13 Mar 6, 2014
I think that this is stupid! The deer have always been here, and that will never change! The deer are a great thing to see when you come to Republic. I hope that this never changes!:)
Deer in Republic

Vashon, WA

#14 Mar 6, 2014
good thing some people aren't complaining about the deer. I like them to.
William B

Spokane, WA

#15 Aug 25, 2015
I used to live and teach in Republic; was always out in the mountains exploring on my bike, canoe, skis, etc.. One of the most beautiful places on earth - miss it a lot. I remember the time the deer invaded Big Gibbs' Market - went right through the automatic doors and helped themselves to the veggies. What a hoot..! So, here is a "Hello" to the town of Republic and a great big hug to all the deer that dwell there.. Miss you so much..!

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