The Task Force consisted of residents representing the entire City, staff, experts, and other local community officials, for the purpose of assessing and analyzing the deer population in the community and the related impacts and researching and recommending effective and publicly acceptable management alternatives. The recommendations contained a number of management strategies to include nonlethal measures of control emphasizing public education, and also initiating a deer population reduction and maintenance program utilizing a combination of methods including the use of trained, professional sharpshooters and trapping.
The City has implemented several of the recommendations to include:
The ongoing population reduction initiative in 2014 will focus on management zones where the deer numbers have been shown to exceed the recommended number of deer per square mile of habitat area by the greatest amount. These zones are described below:
Black Forest Wetlands
Wirth Park Wetlands & Section 16
Isolated Natural Area
Underwood Creek Section 14
General Area of the City
Section 21 & 28, wetlands/woodlands area north of Bluemound Road between Brookfield Road and Calhoun Road.
Section 15 & 16, wetlands/woodlands area west and north of Wirth Park and isolated natural area west of Calhoun Road and north of railroad tracks.
Wetlands/woodlands area located north of North Avenue and east of Pilgrim Road along the Underwood Creek and near Mound Zion Park.
Dousman Ditch Corridor
Section 20 & 27, wetlands/woodlands area north of Bluemound Road between Calhoun Road and Pilgrim Parkway
Section 17 – Isolated Natural Area
Section 35 - Isolated Natural Area
Wetlands/woodlands area located north of North Avenue between Brookfield Road and Indian Trail.
Open space area north of Greenfield Avenue and west of Sunnyslope Road.
Herd reduction operations are conducted during the winter months, depending on weather conditions, and conclude by mid-April.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and the Feeding of Deer
Questions about the deer management program may be referred to Bill Kolstad, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry (262-796-6675) or Lt. Bruce Schell, Brookfield Police Department (262-782-9650 ext. 3558). Ongoing program information may also be obtained by calling the Deer Program Information line at 262-796-6711.
Wildlife Resources/Informational Links