The City of Roseville’s deer population is currently estimated to be above the number appropriate for a healthy herd. Based on the amount of suitable habitat in Roseville it has been determined that a population of 15-19 deer can best be supported. This season, an attempt will be made to reduce the herd by up to 49.
The city will again be working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide sharpshooters for this ongoing program. These sharpshooters are employees of the USDA and are specially trained to remove a predetermined number of deer in a relatively short period. They will utilize equipment and methods that are efficient and effective to prioritize the safety of residents.
The goals of the program are to safely maintain a healthy herd, reduce property damage, respond to resident concerns, and to coordinate efforts with the USDA and the DNR (Department of Natural Resources). The City of Roseville’s deer population is currently estimated to be above the number appropriate for a healthy herd.
In early December, the USDA will begin baiting deer within the areas noted above. Control efforts will start once the appropriate number of deer begin using the bait stations. We expect these efforts to take place periodically between December 6, 2022 and conclude no later than the end of March 2023. Controls will take place on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings between dusk and dawn. Suppressed firearms will be used, but some residents may still hear muffled gunshots. All meat will be donated to individuals in need by the USDA.