Cornell UniversityThe Nature Conservancy

Community Example: Bemidji, Minnesota

Key facts

  • Deer Management Committee created in 2003
  • Resolution prohibiting deer feeding within the city passed in 2005
  • Controlled special archery hunt authorized in 2006
  • Roadside spotlight surveys conducted annually since 2012 - in cooperation with students from a local college
  • Community Size: Medium city (10,000 to 50,000 people)
  • Region: Midwest
    • Plan established in 2005

    Bemidji, Minnesota's City Council established a Deer Management Committee in 2003 to create a deer management plan that would address a number of deer-related concerns, including damage to landscaping, natural areas, car accidents, Lyme disease and the health of the deer herd.