Deer Removal Good For City And Herd

The Deer Management Plan has been around since 2014 and has removed a total of 75 deer from the Sioux Falls area. It started as a way to reduce the  number of deer versus car collision however, removing the deer does more than just reduce the chance for a fender bender.

The plan has been around since 2014 and has removed a total of 75 deer from the Sioux Falls area. It started as a way to reduce the  number of deer versus car collision however, removing the deer does more than just reduce the chance for a fender bender.

“We were also seeing a lot of roadkill or deer/car collisions,” says Sioux Falls Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong.

Within a 5 week period, starting in January, a total of 45 deer were removed from the northeast and southeast side of Sioux Falls. One areas of interested included the Rice Street and I229 corridor.

Of the 45 deer removed, most were does.

“When you remove a buck from the population, you’re removing one deer from the population,” explained DeJong. “If you remove a doe, you’re removing not only her but all of her offspring in the future.”

The removal of the deer is actually beneficial to the overall population, especially for the younger deer.

“It’s the younger ones, then, that don’t get the food that the older ones do and the more powerful ones,” Julie DeJong, of Sioux Falls Animal Control explained. “So the younger ones tend to go without and have less food… that’s what we were seeing with these younger ones, is they were kinda skinny.”

She noted that they could feel the backbones of one of the deer they removed.

Not only is there more food available, but the spread of disease is reduced; not only among the herd but also to your pets.

“Mange and it’s passed around by the fleas or the mites that are on the animals,” DeJong explained. “And if your, if that deer is laying in your yard and your pet goes and lays in the same area it could definitely pick up those fleas or mites.”

Julie DeJong explained that while there are sprays you can use to keep deer from eating your plants, those have to be constantly reapplied. The best way to keep deer away, she said, is to put a fence around the plants.

The removed deer were then processed by Sportsmen Against Hunger and over 1,200lbs of meat were donated to the surrounding area.

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