Cornell UniversityThe Nature Conservancy

Community Example: Brookfield, Wisconsin

Key facts

  • Community Size: Small city or village (less than 10,000 people)
  • Region: Midwest
    • Plan established in 2001

    The City of Brookfield, Wisconsin (population 36,800) is a few miles west of Milwaukee within the Lake Michigan coastal area. Brookfield’s Deer Abatement and Control Program was initiated in 2001 with the adoption of recommendations made by the city’s Deer Task Force. The primary components of the program include 1) installation of cautionary signage in “hot spots” for deer-related traffic accidents; 2) increasing public awareness; and 3) deer population reduction and maintenance using sharpshooting and live trapping--in coordination with the neighboring community of Elm Grove and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Ongoing reduction of Brookfield's deer population occurs in areas where deer density greatly exceeds the deer density goal set by the city.