March 18, 2008
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a tall order in monitoring and managing the state’s Whitetail Deer population.
I think most would agree there is a very healthy deer herd. In fact, the herd is healthy to the point of being unhealthy. Some areas of the state apparently have 40+ deer per square mile (click on the map).
Deer sightings on and near Lake Vermilion are commonplace with numerous wolf-related deer kills scattered along the lakeshore.
This article on the MinnPost.com website relates some of the issues and considerations in maintaining an appropriate balance in the world of the Whitetail.