Hit a Deer in Missoula? There’s Something New You Need to Know
Missoula's urban deer population continues to be an issue that concerns many Missoulians, and it's not uncommon for deer to be hit by cars in city limits.
We published a guide on what to do if you hit a deer in city limits, but some new information has come out and we confirmed with Missoula County Communications Manager Allison Franz the new details.
But even before discussing what to do with a deceased deer, it's important to remember that if you do hit a deer in city limits and it's injured, you need to call 9-1-1, not Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. When we spoke with Kyle Miller, Game Warden Captain For Montana, Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Region 2 last spring, he confirmed that their offices are only open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., meaning they aren't reliably available to assist in these situations. Communications Director for the City of Missoula Ginny Merriam also confirmed that if you hit a deer in city limits and it's injured, you should call 9-1-1.
Here's What Has Changed
If you do hit a deer in Missoula and it is deceased, it used to be that Republic Services would remove the deer. That's no longer the case.
Franz confirmed that two private contractors will remove the deer for a fee:
- Nature's Best Inc. 406-544-4754
- Ibey Sprinklers and Landscape 406-721-5054
However, if you don't want to pay a fee, deer can still be disposed of in the landfill from 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m free of charge.
Franz also underscored that if the deer "is in the road and causing a safety hazard, people should call 9-1-1."