The city is preparing to carry out its urban deer management plan approved earlier this year.
Parks and Recreation Director Matt Scott said at the Dec. 18 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting the city’s permit to carry out the plan lasts from Jan. 7-March 31 and will begin baiting the stands the first of the year.
Scott said starting after the first of the year the DNR will give the city the proper equipment needed for the process including tags and bags for the process of registering and harvesting.
Approved by the council in August, the plan includes using two staff members of the Reedsburg Police Department to shoot deer over bait sitting in elevated stands at night starting in 2019 at the Girl Scout Camp, located a half block off of Eighth Street on the corner of Ridge and North Seventh Street.
City staff will dress and prepare the deer at a separate location to distribute through a sign up list through its donation program. Adult deer will be tested for any diseases that could be present. Proper signage will be posted when police are out in the stands and deer is being harvested for public safety and awareness.
In the first year, the city hopes to eliminate 15 deer in the area. The city has received multiple complaints about deer eating shrubs and damaging property.
Scott said 40 people have signed up for the deer donation program. The city has permits available for residents who wish to bow hunt deer on city property at certain locations. He said so far 25 permits have been issued for people to hunt on city property. Those interested can register for a permit at city hall at 134 South Locust Street until Jan. 31.