Good conservation practices have helped Iowa’s whitetail deer herd increase by 99 percent over the past 75 years. But a bigger deer population isn’t always better, particularly in the metro.
In the city, deer cross paths with speeding cars and angry gardeners.
The Iowa DNR met with city officials from around the metro on Thursday to discuss how well urban deer hunts work to control the problem of deer in the 21st century.
It may seem counter-intuitive but for deer, the city can be a sanctuary. And while people enjoyed the sight of deer for a while, when their plants started to go missing from gardens and traffic accidents rose, they didn’t seem so cute.
Iowa’s urban deer hunt was conceived in the early 1990s but it’s taken a while to catch on and effectively thin the metro herds. The report Des Moines shared with the DNR on Thursday showed the deer herds now are considered manageable.