Park Closures For Deer Management
Sharpshooters from the Burnsville Police Department will conduct deer removals periodically at the following parks from December through the end of March.
Parks will be open for normal activities, except on afternoons/evenings when deer removals are planned. When deer removals are planned, the park will be closed from 2 p.m. until sunrise the following morning. The City will post signs at all of the park’s designated public access points to notify park users of the closure. Due to uncertain weather conditions, this list will not be updated until a few hours prior to park closure.
THE DEER MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR WINTER 2013-2014 ARE COMPLETE. NO PARK CLOSURES WILL OCCUR AGAIN UNTIL THE FOLLOWING WINTER.
The goal of this program is to:
- Manage the deer population at socially acceptable levels
- Maintain the health of Burnsville's woodland habitat
- Maintain the health of our deer herd
The program is intended to address the following concerns associated with high deer populations:
1. Protect the biological integrity of our natural areas. Over browsing by deer harms our natural woodlands.
2. Improve public safety. An average of 50 deer/car collisions are reported annually in Burnsville.
3. Protect residential landscapes. More and more residents are experiencing problems with damage to their yards
and gardens from deer.
4. Maintain the long term health of the deer herd. Left unchecked, the size of the herd will increase to levels that
be supported naturally.
The Burnsville Deer Management program has a number of components, including education, monitoring, ordinance revisions and population control. For a full overview on Burnsville's deer management program, please click here.