In 2011, the Brooklyn Park City Council adopted a Deer Management Plan that addresses concerns about the number of white-tailed deer in the community.
The plan balances deer population with their biological habitat and the tolerance level of residents.
The plan is for eight areas to be hunted again this fall, and the areas include:
- Northwoods Park
- Regent and Rush Creek Regional Trail
- Environmental Nature Area
- Izaak Walton/Banfill Island
- West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
- Greenhaven Park
- Brookdale Park
- Palmer Lake Nature Area.
The controlled hunt dates and locations are as follows:
- September 30 & October 1 & 2 – all locations
- October 28, 29, & 30 – all locations
- November 11, 12, & 13 – all locations other than Coon Rapids Dam area
You may wonder why this is necessary. Here are the facts:
- Since the hunt was implemented in 2011, there has been a reduction of deer related car accidents from 105 in 2011 to 48 in 2018.
- When numbers are beyond carrying capacity, deer will feed on trees, shrubs and plants in residential areas.
- The hunt will be conducted by Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB), a group that has managed hunts since 1995. Hunters, many of whom are from Brooklyn Park, are selected through a computerized lottery system. Only these permitted hunters are allowed to participate.
Questions or concerns regarding the hunt can be directed to Recreation and Parks Director Jody Yungers by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.