The City of Eden Prairie’s 2012 Deer Management Program will begin Thursday, Nov. 15 and is expected to conclude within eight to 10 days.
The goal is to manage white tail deer population to 25 deer per square mile, according to Minnesota DNR guidelines. In order to meet this goal, sharpshooters from a professional wildlife management company will reduce the deer population in Eden Prairie by roughly 100 deer in 2012.
The sharpshooting typically takes place around dusk when deer are most active and the shooting is done from elevated stands with excellent site lines, mostly on public lands. A police officer will be posted at each site to ensure safety.
The deer management program is not intended to eliminate deer from Eden Prairie, but rather to maintain the population in balance with available natural habitat.
The meat collected from the program will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland.
Residents with questions about the program should call Stuart Fox, manager of parks and natural resources, at 952-949-8445.
Safety concerns should be directed to the Police Department at 952-949-6200.