Dryden joins the list of communities in the Northwest that is dealing with a deer problem.

The city has called a meeting in January to get public feedback on whether to allow bow hunting in city limits.

Dryden's city manager Joe van Koeverden said the city has received several complaints from residents about deer attacking pets and damaging property. He said they are paying attention to communities like Kenora and Thunder Bay, which voted to allow restricted bow hunting.

"Obviously we have to take a close watch of what everybody else is doing … see what [other] cities are trying and what's working, what's not," he said.

"We'll step in line here and join everybody by looking at this and seeing what the solutions might be."

Van Koeverden noted the city already has a bylaw prohibiting feeding deer.

The meeting to gauge public input is slated for Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. It will take place at the Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre, at 100 Casimir Ave.

"There are some people who think that the deer roaming around the city is part of our character, part of the wilderness city image," Van Koeverden said. "And other people are getting concerned that it's disruptive to community life."