Monday, July 15th, 2024

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Monday, July 15th, 2024

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Commentary: Public input important to Wisconsin deer work

Based on public comments from County Deer Advisory Committees surveys, in the Northern Forest Zone 33% to 61% of comments complained that predator numbers are too high. Central Forest Zone comments ranged from 20% to 42% – predators too high. (File photo courtesy of the Minnesota DNR)

County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) are done with this year’s work, but how much does members’ efforts impact all the variables that influence deer numbers, as their charter requires? The truth is, CDAC members are limited to deciding only antlerless permit numbers in their counties, and possibly some small impacts for additional seasons.
I reviewed public comments from the CDAC surveys in the two forest zones this year, as I have in many years past. Out of 24 counties in the Northern Forest and Central Forest zones, I saw that predator impacts were listed in a high percent of comments.

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