Cornell UniversityThe Nature Conservancy

Community Example: Northbrook, Illinois

Key facts

  • Community Size: Medium city (10,000 to 50,000 people)
  • Region: Midwest
    • Plan established in 1991

    The Village of Northbrook began researching the topic of deer management and the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in 1991. After several years of research, meetings, and data collection, the village initiated a deer culling program in 1995/96 which continued until 2007/08. From 2009/10 until 2012/13, Northbrook collected and analyzed data, which suggested the community had reached its deer management goals. Currently, Commander Roger Adkins of the Northbrook Police Department reviews traffic crash data, specific reported deer complaints and neighboring municipalities and county/state deer issues. The village has worked with Marty Jones, a Wildlife Biologist and Urban Deer Project Manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources since the inception of the program.