April 2, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The final numbers are in for the City of West Bend Deer Management program.
Since 2017 city officials and a special committee have been working diligently to try to determine how to control the growing deer population in the community.
In 2018 five-day bow hunt set out to trim the herd by 40 deer.
In the end, the hunters managed to kill three.
The Deer Management group and West Bend Common Council followed up with a more aggressive plan and hired sharpshooters in an effort to trim the herd by 60 at Ridge Run Park and Lac Lawrann Conservancy.
During Monday night’s Common Council meeting Dist. 6 alderman Steve Hoogester said the sharpshooters just wrapped up their efforts with a total of 56 deer.
The meat is being processed free of charge by Tommy Schwai and it will be donated to the Full Shelf Food Pantry.
A follow-up report from Dist. 1 alderman John Butschlick and the Deer Management Committee is expected to be presented in May.
The goal of the City is to try to better manage the growing deer population.