Deer in your garden?
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Deer Management in Whitnall Park is a program to bring the park's herd size into balance with its habitat. Because there are no natural predators of the deer in this area, their population grows, while at the same time, their habitat in natural areas shrinks due to commercial and residential development. This displaces the deer, causing them to feed along the parkway and in the park–including Whitnall's Boerner Botanical Gardens. Having invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and decades of work in the Boerner Gardens, we now need to control the deer that threaten it. The goal of the deer management plan is to keep deer an integral, not dominant, segment of the park's natural communities.
Urban Deer Management
The Milwaukee County Parks will be conducting an urban deer management program in parts of Whitnall Park from January to mid-March 2010.
The goal of this program is to control the growth of the herd, so that deer remain an integral, but not dominant, part of the park’s natural communities.
The Parks Department has been culling deer from Whitnall Park every winter since 1996. Our program has safely and humanely removed over 300 deer and has donated 7 ½ tons of meat to area food pantries.
The Whitnall sharp-shooting program has a perfect safety record. We ask that you help us maintain this perfect record by obeying all “Trail Closed” and “Road Closed For Deer Management” signs.
Marked trails and barricaded roads are closed after 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday during the months of January and February. You are welcome to walk in these areas prior to 3 p.m. and anytime on weekends.